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EPA announces stormwater design competition

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now registering student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition--the Campus RainWorks Challenge--through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management.

This first annual competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design.

Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus.

Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge is open from Sept. 4 through Oct. 5. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2012, for consideration.

Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 - $2,500, as well as $8,000 - $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.

EPA is encouraging the use of green infrastructure as a solution to help manage stormwater runoff. Green Infrastructure uses vegetation, soils and natural processes to manage stormwater runoff at its source and provide other community benefits.

More information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge is available at

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