EPA Launches Stormwater Management Competition for Students

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage college and university students to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management.

The competition is aimed at raising awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and training the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design.

Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge opens Sept. 4, and entries must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2012. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500-$2,500, as well as $8,000-$11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.

In 2013, EPA plans to expand the competition by inviting students to design and complete a demonstration project assessing innovative green infrastructure approaches on their campus.