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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s(EPA) Office of Water recently announced 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
Download the competition brief (PDF) (11 pp, 422K, About PDF) for a complete description of the design challenge and instructions on how to compete.  To ask a question about the competition, please email Tamara Mittman at RainWorks@epa.gov.

Registration is open through October 5th. Click here for more information.

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