Student teams recognized for green infrastructure designs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of the fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, the only national college competition to engage the next generation to design solutions for storm water pollution using green infrastructure.
EPA invited student teams to compete in two design categories: the Master Plan category examines how green infrastructure can be integrated into a broad area of a school’s campus, and the Demonstration Project category focuses on how green infrastructure can be integrated into a particular site on the team’s campus. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, developed green infrastructure designs in one of the categories, showing how managing storm water at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment.
The 2016 challenge winners are:
- Kansas State University (1st Place Demonstration Project Category),
- City of College of New York (1st Place Master Plan Category),
- University of Maryland (2nd Place Demonstration Project Category), and
- University of Cincinnati (2nd Place Master Plan Category).
Two first-place student teams will be awarded $2,000 to be split evenly among the members. The faculty advisors will receive $3,000 for their institution. Two 2nd place student teams will be awarded $1,000 to be split evenly among the members. The faculty advisors will receive $2,000 for their institution.
EPA also recognized two honorable mention teams from the University of New Mexico (Honorable Mention Demonstration Project category) and East Georgia State College (Honorable Mention Master Plan category).
EPA plans to announce the sixth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge in the summer of 2017.