The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for 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. Stormwater is a major cause of harmful water pollution in urban areas in the U.S., impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines, as well as hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds.
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 September 4 through October 5, and entries must be submitted by December 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. In 2013, EPA plans to expand Campus RainWorks by inviting students to design and complete a demonstration project assessing innovative green infrastructure approaches on their campus.
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. Green infrastructure is increasingly being used to supplement or substitute for single-purpose ³gray² infrastructure investments such as pipes, and ponds. The Campus RainWorks Challenge will help encourage the use of green infrastructure projects on college and university campuses to manage stormwater discharges.
More information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge.
Cool Science invites students of all ages to create and submit a visual work of art about climate change. The best 6 entries will be placed throughout Lowell’s mass transit system in 2013 and be seen by thousands of people every day! Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in gift certificates. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/faqs.aspx for FAQ’s about the competition. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/Submit-Your-Artwork/default.aspx for submission specific information. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012.
Mass Energy Lab is committed to continuously seeking knowledge and innovation that can contribute to energy waste reduction in commercial and industrial buildings.This fall, Mass Energy Lab will sponsor a contest for graduate and undergraduate students in Massachusetts to identify and research cutting-edge, new-to-market energy efficiency solutions that can impact the built environment. Research projects should explore the technical performance of the subject solution,as well as the marketability of the solution in the region. Participants are expected to provide a detailed explanation of the product’s functionality and a thorough market analysis that relays the solution’s potential for market penetration. Participants may enter the contest individually or in groups of up to two people.
Research Project paper exploring the technical performance and marketability of a new-to-market energy efficiency retrofit solution.
Finalist will present their research to a panel of industry experts.
- Submissions open- 9/1
- Submissions closed- 11/4
- Notifications- 11/18
- Awards Event- 12/1
- Awards Issued- 12/8
- First Prize- $3000
- Second Prize- $1500
- Third Prize-$500
For more information visit their website.
An update on the Green Streets Initiative:
It’s about that time: Next Friday is April’s Walk/Ride Day!
The Green Streets Initiative’s Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to see which workplace has the highest percentage of staff going car-free or car-light on Walk/Ride Days. And Tufts University is competing. Simply check in HERE daily to help Tufts win!
It won’t be hard for Tufts to have a good showing. If you haven’t done so already, simply start telling your colleagues about it. Your organization will at least be in the running and have a baseline to compare participation in future months.
Please feel free to contact us for inspiration, ideas and support in getting your organization on board. We are also happy to analyze your organizations check-in data with you.
With best regards,
The Green Streets Initiative Team
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Pop Quiz: What do the following companies all have in common?
* Annie’s Homegrown
* Ben & Jerry’s
Answer: These companies are all members of the Climate Counts Industry Innovators (i2) program. i2 companies support Climate Counts mission of educating consumers while holding themselves to the highest standard of climate leadership.
As a way of saying thanks to these companies, the winner of our Climate Counts i2 Challenge will win a $50 gift card to the i2 company of their choice.
How do you win?
Simple: email us a picture of a time you supported an i2 company. It could be a photo of you atop a mountain decked out in REI gear, a shot of your friends boarding the Amtrak to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., or perhaps your neighbors enjoying a refreshing cone of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. The person with the coolest picture (as judged by your peers) wins!
You can send pictures with a brief explanation to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Climate Counts i2 Challenge” in the subject line. All photos will be compiled and added to our Facebook page and blog, with judging to be completed by May 7, 2012.
Deadline for submissions is Tuesday May 1, 2012.
The winner will received one $50 gift card to the i2 company of choice. If you’re one of the top 5 pictures we pick, we’ll send you a FREE Climate Counts t-shirt to show our appreciation!