The Design Competition

sdfThe US EPA's Office of Water is undertaking its 3rd annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for college and university students. The EPA is inviting student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Student teams will collaborate with a faculty advisor to develop (2) two design boards and a project narrative describing the project. Winning teams will be warded a student prize to support green infrastructure research or training. 

The Campus RainWorks Challenge is designed to engage students in reinventing our water infrastructure. While "gray" stormwater infrastructure is largely designed to convey stormwater management away from the built environment, "green" infrastructure uses soils, vegetation, and rainwater harvesting to manage rainwater near to where it falls. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure can also provide many community benefits, including improving air quality, reducing urban heat island impacts, reducing energy consumption, enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing community amenities.

In the third year of the Campus RainWorks Challenge, EPA hopes to:

  • Continue to engage students in assessing the technical and economic potential of green infrastructure solutions at a range of spatial scales and an in a range of physical contexts;
  • Provide a hands-on, inter-disciplinary learning experience through which students and faculty can gain practical experience that may be applied in their future practice; and
  • Promote the use of green infrastructure practices that provide multiple environmental, social, and economic benefits on college and university campuses. 

To learn more about the challenge, please visit the US EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge website at