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Green Infrastructure

EPA's 9th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

EPA is pleased to launch its 9th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for American colleges and universities that seeks to engage with the next generation of environmental professionals, foster a dialogue about the need for innovative stormwater management, and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Stormwater pollution is a problem that impacts public health and water quality in communities across the country. The Campus RainWorks Challenge invites today’s students to become part of the solution. This webcast includes information on the challenge's design categories, rules for participation,  and features perspective from faculty advisors and students that have previously participated.


September 3, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT


Bo Yang PhD, PLA, AICP is a professor of landscape architecture and urban planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. Yang is a leading researcher on urban green infrastructure and landscape performance evaluation, particularly focusing on stormwater management and climate resilience. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, Landscape Architecture Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China and others. He has published in premier academic journals including Landscape and Urban PlanningEcological EngineeringLandscape Research and Ecological Indicators and is currently assistant editor of Landscape Research. He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Science and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Yang is a registered landscape architect and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Matthew Lutheran MLA, is an ISA Certified Arborist, and Restoration Program Manager for the Tucson Audubon Society. Matthew manages habitat restoration projects in both urban and rural settings across Southern Arizona incorporating restoration strategies supported by research and local cultural knowledge. Tucson Audubon’s Restoration Department focuses on reconciliation ecology with a focus on suppressing invasive species and increasing the number of native plants as a foundation to support a full range of native organisms. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture in 2019 with a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Matthew was a member of the second place winning EPA Rainworks Challenge Demonstration Project for 2018 entitled (Re)Searching for a Spot.