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Campus RainWorks Challenge - Rules

***Please note, the information on this page is for the 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge.
Updated information for the 2014 challenge will be available shortly.***

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To compete in the Campus RainWorks Challenge, student teams must meet all of the following eligibility requirements. Student teams will document their eligibility in their registration form.

Participating Institutions
Each student team must be affiliated with a degree-granting public or private institution of higher education located in the U.S.

EPA particularly encourages minority academic institutions (MAIs) to apply.

Download the competition brief (PDF) (15 pp, 392K, About PDF) for a complete description of the design challenge including a definition of MAIs.

Participating Teams 
Low Water Landscaping
Low Water Landscaping
Each student team must be sponsored by a faculty advisor. Teams participating in the Site Design category must also be sponsored by a facilities advisor (a representative from the department that provides facilities planning for the college or university).

Team composition and size is at the discretion of the team submitting an entry. However, interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.  Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to: landscape architecture, architecture, planning, engineering, conservation biology, landscape ecology, hydrology, soil science, economics, and business administration.

Participating Students
All team members must be enrolled in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) at a college or university eligible to participate in EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge (participating institution) as of August 31, 2013.
Planter Box
Stormwater Planter


To compete in EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge, registered teams must submit one Design Brief and one Video Presentation describing an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus. Registered teams in the Site Design category must also submit one Letter of Support.

Download the competition brief (PDF) (15 pp, 392K, About PDF) for a complete description of submission format and content requirements.


Submissions will be judged by a panel of reviewers that may include EPA staff, landscape architects, engineers, public officials, or academics from noncompeting colleges or universities.  Judges will score submissions on a scale of 0 to 100 using the criteria identified in the competition brief (PDF) (15 pp, 392K, About PDF). Based on the average score for each submission, the top submissions will be recommended to a Lead Judge in EPA's Office of Water. The Lead Judge will assess the top submissions and select the first and second place entries.

See the Judges for last year's Challenge.

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

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