College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

University of Maryland has been awarded First Place in EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge!

We are pleased to announce this on Earth Day. University of Maryland has been awarded First Place in the Demonstration project category.

In 2015, seventy-seven student teams from 26 states submitted green infrastructure designs for the fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. These projects show how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and environment by reducing the burden on local water infrastructure, managing local flooding, reducing urban heat islands, and lowering energy demands.This round of competition encouraged students to learn about the current or potential impacts of climate change on campus and demonstrate how using green infrastructure practices on their campuses can build resiliency to those impacts while effectively managing stormwater runoff. EPA announces the winners Earth Day 2016 See https://www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure/2015-campus-rainworks-challenge

Project Information
Peformance Parking: Reimagining Lot 11B”, under the supervision of Dr. Victoria Chanse won FIRST PLACE in Site Demonstration Category for the national competition, the U.S. EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge 2015.

Team members:

Kathleen Hayes (Landscape Architecture), 
George Sorvalis (Landscape Architecture), 
Matt Zerfas (Landscape Architecture), 
Emma Giese (Environmental Science & Technology),
Sharon Hartzell (Environmental Science & Technology), 
Jaison Renkenberger (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Faculty advisers included Dennis Nola, Dr. Peter May, Dr. Mitch Pavao-Zuckerman. Michael Carmichael, Stephen Reid and Karen Petroff served as Facilities advisers.

Additional Advisers included Elisabeth Walker (UMD LARC Alumni and now Community Planning Masters student) and Rick Scaffidi (Environmental Quality Resources)

Reviewers included Dean David Cronrath, Diane Cameron (Audubon Naturalist Society), Darwin Fuerstein (FMUMD), and Harris Trobman (University of the District of Columbia).

Congratulations to all! Thanks to Dr. David Myers, Director of Landscape Architecture, and Dr. Victoria Chanse for helping coordinate this event!

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