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Campus RainWorks Challenge - Rules


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 (Excel).

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) (12 pp, 1MB, About PDF) for a complete description of the design challenge including a definition of MAIs.

Participating Teams

Each student team must be sponsored by a faculty advisor.

Low Water Landscaping
Low Water Landscaping
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, public administration, business administration, and communications.

Participating Students

All team members must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college or university that is eligible to participate in EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge (see Participating Institutions above) as of August 31, 2015.
Planter Box
Stormwater Planter


To compete in EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge, each registered team must submit one Project Narrative, two Design Boards, and one Letter of Support describing an innovative green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Submissions should provide information of sufficient detail and quality to enable judges to evaluate the design. Submissions should describe overall project goals, project context within the campus or watershed, existing conditions along with the problem to be solved, proposed green infrastructure approaches, and expected outcomes. 

Download the competition brief (PDF) (12 pp, 1MB, About PDF) for a complete description of submission format and content requirements.


Qualifying submissions will be judged by two rounds of reviewers that may include EPA staff, landscape architects, engineers, public officials, and/or academics from noncompeting colleges or universities. First-round judges will score submissions on a scale of 0 to 100 using the criteria identified in the competition brief (PDF) (12 pp, 1MB, About PDF). Based on the average of all scores for each submission, the top submissions will be recommended to a final panel of judges. The final panel will then rank the top submissions based on the criteria identified below and recommend finalists in each category to a lead judge in EPA’s Office of Water. The lead judge will assess the finalist recommendations using the criteria and select the first- and second-place winners in each category.

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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