The Fall 2017 project has been completed and submitted. Results of the competition will be released in Spring 2018.
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EPA RainWorks Challenge (Completed)
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The Campus RainWorks Challenge is designed to encourage college and university students to design innovative green infrastructure to manage stormwater on campus. Design themes may center around water reuse, pollution management, and runoff reduction. Teams complete their project through the course of a Fall semester, guided by a faculty member. Two categories of projects are open to submission: Master Plan, a more general approach to making campus water-friendly, and Demonstration, a more acute design that manages stormwater in a specific place or manner. Students of all disciplines are welcome to contribute to their campus project.
The project of choice for Fall 2017 was a renovation of parking lot F4, located at the intersection of Goodwin Avenue and Peabody Drive. This lot is currently prone to flooding and is planned to be renovated. In addition to adding green infrastructure, a straightening of Goodwin Avenue would make it safer for drivers and pedestrians to pass its intersection with Peabody Drive and enter/exit the parking lot. Burnsides laboratory is planned to be demolished, allowing for the possibility of such a change.
Some green infrastructure included in the design include permeable pavement, a rain garden, bioswale, trees, and a disconnection of pipe drainage from rooftops.