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Campus RainWorks Challenge

 

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EPA plans to conduct the fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge in the fall of 2015. Check back here in May-June 2015 for the 2015 Rules, Calendar and Competition Brief.

About the Challenge

EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. EPA  invited teams of undergraduate and graduate students to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus to show how managing rainfall in a more natural way can benefit the campus community and the environment.

Student teams competed in one of two design categories. The Master Plan category examines how green infrastructure could be integrated into a broad area of campus, and the Demonstration Project category examines how green infrastructure could be integrated into a particular campus site.

Winning teams earned a student prize to be divided evenly among student team members, as well as a faculty prize to support green infrastructure research or training.

See the 2014 Challenge Winners!

About Green Infrastructure

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.

Cooperating Organizations

For the 2014 Campus RainWorks Challenge, EPA cooperated 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 assisted EPA with judging and outreach.

ASLA   ASCE   WEF

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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