Campus RainWorks Challenge

Funding Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency

The US EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the 5th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. 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 a project narrative and design boards describing the project. Winning teams will be awarded a student prize to be divided evenly among student team members, as well as a faculty prize to support green infrastructure research or training. 

Team composition and size is at the discretion of the team submitting an entry. However, interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, given that interdisciplinary collaboration is part of the judging criteria. Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to: landscape architecture, architecture, planning, engineering, conservation biology, landscape ecology, hydrology, soil science, economics, public administration, business administration, and communications. 

Deadlines:

  • Registration: September 1– September 30, 2016  
  • Deadline for Entries: December 16, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Student teams must be affiliated with an academic institution that meets one of the following descriptions:

a. A public nonprofit institution/organization (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education ) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions.

b. A private nonprofit institution/organization (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education2 ) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions.

All team members must meet one or more of the following criteria:

1. Be enrolled in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) at a college or university eligible to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Campus RainWorks Challenge (participating institution) as of August 31, 2016.

2. Have received a degree (undergraduate or graduate) from a participating institution within 12 months prior to August 31, 2016.

3. Have received a degree (undergraduate or graduate) from a participating institution within the past 24 months and be enrolled in at least one class (live or online) at a participating institution as of August 31, 2016. 

Amount Description

EPA will award a total of $16,000 to first and second place winners in each of two categories: a Demonstration Project category and a Master Plan category (see Submission Categories section). Winning teams will earn both a student prize to be divided evenly among student team members, and a faculty prize to support green infrastructure research or training.

Funding Type

Prize

Eligibility

Faculty
Grad/Prof Students

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Interdisciplinary

External Deadline

September 30, 2016