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Sep. 2, 2020 EPA's 9th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

Free Webcast

Thursday, September 3, 2020 1:00 - 2:30 PM, EDT

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 will include information on the challenge's design categories, rules for participation, and feature perspectives from faculty advisors and students that have previously participated.

Speakers:

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 Planning, Ecological Engineering, Landscape 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 demonstration project in the 2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Titled (Re)Searching for a Spot, Matthew’s team proposed to transform a parking lot to manage stormwater runoff onsite, reduce local flooding during Arizona’s monsoon, and create a multi-functional space that yields educational and ecological benefits.