EPA & Stormwater: Giving it the “College Try”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced, a design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, for university students to promote and discover innovative stormwater management solutions. With a faculty adviser, undergraduate and graduate students will work together as a team to incorporate green infrastructure principles into their proposed designs for campus improvement. Key factors for judging the contest will be the incorporated use of vegetation, soils, building materials, and natural processes in design elements. EPA’s goals for the contest include successfully introducing students to the technical and economic potentials of green infrastructure solutions; providing a hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience which could benefit their future careers; and promoting the use of green infrastructure practices.
A winner will be chosen from both a large university and a small university category. A university falls under the category of large or small depending on the amount of federal funding the university receives for research and development. Winners in each category will receive a $1,500-$2,500 cash prize for the student team. In addition, the faculty advisor will receive $8,000-$11,000 to conduct research on green infrastructure. The competition will open registration on September 4, 2012 and will close on October 5, 2012. To be considered, the entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012, and the winner will be announced on April 22, 2013. For more information or to participate, please go HERE.