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Campus RainWorks Challenge



About the 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
University of Maryland, College Park

Download the competition brief (PDF) (12 pp, 1MB, About PDF) for a complete description of the design challenge and instructions.

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
University of Illinois at Chicago


  •  September 1, 2015
 Registration Opens
  •  September 30, 2015
 Registration Closes
  •  December 18, 2015
 Entries Due
  •  April 22, 2016
 Winners Announced


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:


 Student Prize

 Faculty Prize

 1st Prize Demonstration Project



 1st Prize Master Plan



 2nd Prize Demonstration Project



 2nd Prize Master Plan



Cooperating Organizations

For the 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge, EPA is cooperating with the American Society of Landscape Architects Exit EPA Disclaimer, the American Society of Civil Engineers Exit EPA Disclaimer, and the Water Environment Federation Exit EPA Disclaimer. These organizations will assist EPA with judging and outreach.


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

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