EPA launches fourth annual green infrastructure Campus RainWorks Challenge
The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it has launched its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students to design green infrastructure systems in an effort to reduce stormwater pollution and increase resiliency to climate change.
WASHINGON, DC, SEPT. 4, 2015 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has launched its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students to design green infrastructure systems in an effort to reduce stormwater pollution and increase resiliency to climate change.
Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will propose green infrastructure projects for their campuses, demonstrating how managing stormwater at its source can benefit communities and the environment.
Registration for the 2015 Challenge opened on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and will end on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 18, 2015, and winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.
Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $2,000 divided evenly among student team members and a faculty prize of $3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. Second-place teams will win $1,000 for student teams and $2,000 for faculty research.
Since 2012, more than 350 student teams have participated in the challenge. The competition raises awareness of green infrastructure on college campuses, trains the next generation of professionals on green infrastructure principles, and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration.
Stormwater is one of the nation's most significant water quality challenges. Large volumes of stormwater pollute the nation's streams, rivers and lakes, posing a threat to human health and the environment and contributing to downstream flooding.