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About the Challenge

The U.S. EPA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge.
The U.S. EPA's Office of Water launched the Campus RainWorks Challenge in May 2012 to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that mitigate the impacts of urban stormwater while supporting vibrant and sustainable communities. Student teams were invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams earned a cash prize.

Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater and create healthier urban environments. While single-purpose "gray" stormwater infrastructure (e.g. catch basins, pipes, and ponds) is largely designed to move urban stormwater away from the built environment, green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure can provide not only stormwater management, but also heat island mitigation, air quality management, community amenities, and much more.  

Download the competition brief (PDF) (11 pp, 308K, About PDF) for a complete description of the 2013 design challenge.

Cooperating Organizations

EPA cooperated with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Exit EPA Disclaimer and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Exit EPA Disclaimer in conducting the Campus RainWorks Challenge. These organizations are assisting EPA with judging and outreach.

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To sign up for e-mail updates or ask a question about the Campus RainWorks Challenge, please e-mail RainWorks@epa.gov.

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