The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for American colleges and universities. The Challenge seeks to engage with the next generation of environmental professionals, foster a dialogue about the need for innovative stormwater management techniques, and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices.
“Green infrastructure” refers to a variety of practices that restore or mimic natural hydrological processes. While “gray” stormwater infrastructure is largely designed to convey stormwater away from the built environment, green infrastructure uses soils, vegetation and other media to manage rainwater where it falls through capture and evapotranspiration. By integrating natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure provides a wide variety of community benefits, including improving water and air quality, reducing urban heat island effects, creating habitat for pollinators and other wildlife, and providing aesthetic and recreational value. See Green Infrastructure Basics
Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution in communities across the United States. The Campus RainWorks Challenge invites students to be part of the solution today and in the future. Check out last year's winners to see how green infrastructure can be used to better manage stormwater runoff, protect public health and water quality, and build resilient communities.
Does your school have what it takes to win? Step up to the challenge.
How to Enter:
The Campus RainWorks Challenge is open to institutions of higher education across the United States and its territories. With the support of a faculty advisor, teams that compete are asked to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution and also provides additional benefits to the campus community and environment. Teams that meet all of the eligibility requirements can submit entries in two design categories:
Demonstration Project (site specific implementation of green infrastructure):
Master Plan (long-term implementation of green infrastructure over a broad area of the team's campus)
Check out the official 2020 Campus RainWorks Challenge Competition Brief to learn more about the challenge's design categories, submission requirements, eligibility requirements, and other rules for participation. In addition, we invite you to join us on September 3, 2020 for a free webcast that will cover basic information about this year's challenge and provide perspectives from faculty and students that have previously participated.
To enter the 2020 Campus RainWorks Challenge, teams must submit a registration form. Once a team submits the registration form to RainWorks@epa.gov it will receive a registration number via email. EPA processes Campus RainWorks registrants in bi-weekly batches. Registration numbers are typically sent out on Mondays and Wednesdays during the registration period. Registration for the 2020 Campus RainWorks Challenge will be open September 1 through October 1, 2020.
Participating teams must email their complete entries to RainWorks@epa.gov by Friday, December 11, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.
Registration: September 1 through October 1, 2020
Deadline for Entries: December 11, 2020
Judging Rounds: January through March 2021
Winners Announced: Spring 2021
For the 2020 challenge the first place team in each design category will receive a student prize of $7,000 to be divided evenly among the team and a faculty prize of $3,000. The second place team in each category will receive a student prize of $3,500 to be divided evenly among the team and a faculty prize of $1,500.