Students & Educators: Enter to Win the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

The University of Arizona's entry, (Re)Searching for a Spot, won second place in the demonstration project category of the 2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge.
The University of Arizona’s entry, (Re)Searching for a Spot, won second place in the demonstration project category of the 2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge. / image: University of Arizona Design Board

Registration for the 8th annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge is open now through Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

The Campus RainWorks Challenge is a green infrastructure design competition that seeks to engage with the next generation of environmental professionals, foster a dialogue about the need for innovative stormwater management, and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Current undergraduate and graduate students at American colleges and universities are eligible to participate.

Pollution associated with urban stormwater runoff is a problem that is growing in magnitude. The Campus RainWorks Challenge invites the current generation of scholars to lend their creativity and knowledge to the green infrastructure design process and become part of the solution to stormwater pollution by designing an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefitting the campus community and the environment.

ASLA is a proud supporter of the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge. ASLA members participate as jurors during the review process. If you are interested in volunteering as a juror, please contact propractice@asla.org.

Past Campus RainWorks Challenge jurors from ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) have included:

Hunter Beckham, FASLA, Officer & Past Chair, Sustainable Design & Development PPN
President, Beckham Consulting

Stephen Cook, ASLA, Sustainable Design & Development PPN
Principal, Hitchcock Design Group

David Cutter, ASLA, Officer & Past Chair, Campus Planning and Design PPN
University Landscape Architect at Cornell University

Stacilyn Feldman, ASLA, Residential Landscape Architecture PPN
Senior Associate at Oehme, van Sweden

Katharyn Hurd, ASLA, Co-Chair, Campus Planning and Design PPN
Associate/Planner at Page/BMS Design Group

Christopher Marlow, ASLA, Digital Technology PPN
Assistant Professor at Ball State University

Tanya Olson, ASLA, Officer & Past Co-Chair, Women in Landscape Architecture PPN
Principal, Tallgrass Landscape Architecture

Stephanie Pankiewicz, ASLA, Urban Design PPN
Partner, LandDesign

Lee Skabelund, ASLA, Officer & Past Chair, Ecology and Restoration PPN
Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning at Kansas State University

Kristina Snyder, ASLA, Officer & Past Co-Chair, Women in Landscape Architecture PPN
Landscape Architect, Giraffa Studio Design

Harris Trobman, Associate ASLA, Planting Design PPN
Green Infrastructure Specialist at University of District of Columbia, Center for Sustainable Development

Utah State University’s entry, The New Heart, earned honorable mention in the demonstration project category of the 2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge. / image: Utah State University Design Board

Calendar:

  • Registration closes: October 15, 2019
  • Deadline for entries: December 17, 2019
  • Winners announced: Spring 2020

Do you have what it takes to win? Step up to the challenge. Visit epa.gov/campusrainworks for more information or contact RainWorks@epa.gov.

Prizes:

Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $5,000 to be divided evenly among student team members and a faculty prize of $5,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. Second-place teams will win a $2,500 student prize and a $2,500 faculty prize.

Challenge Highlights:

Two design categories:

  1. Demonstration Project: site-specific implementation of green infrastructure
  2. Master Plan: long-term implementation of green infrastructure over a broad area of the team’s campus

Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, including, but not limited to: landscape architecture, architecture, planning, engineering, conservation biology, landscape ecology, hydrology, soil science, economics, public administration, business administration, and communications.

For inspiration, check out the 2018 challenge winners.

For more information, visit the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge website.

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