Water: Green Infrastructure
Campus RainWorks Challenge
EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. EPA is inviting student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment.
EPA invites student teams to compete in one of two design categories: the Master Plan category or the Demonstration Project category. This year, EPA will ask student teams to incorporate climate resiliency into their stormwater management designs.
2014 Demonstration Project 1st Place Winner: University of Maryland
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 complement gray infrastructure approaches by providing not only stormwater management, but also heat island mitigation, air quality management, community amenities, and much more.
2014 Master Plan 1st Place Winner: University of Illinois at Chicago
EPA will award a total of $16,000 to first- and second-place winners in the two challenge categories. Winning teams will earn both a student prize divided evenly among student team members and a faculty prize to support green infrastructure research or training. Prizes will be distributed as follows:
1st Prize Demonstration Project
1st Prize Master Plan
2nd Prize Demonstration Project
2nd Prize Master Plan
To sign up for email updates or ask a question about the Campus RainWorks Challenge, please email RainWorks@epa.gov.