Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on 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 provide not only stormwater management, but also heat island mitigationair quality managementcommunity amenities, and much more.

September 4, 2012: Registration Opens


The EPA will award a total of $23,000 to each of two groups of entries: entries from large institutions and entries from small institutions*. First and second place winners will be selected from each group.

Further information: EPA | Water: Green Infrastructure

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