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Designing a River Campus for Water Sustainability

August 30, 2013Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Designing a River Campus for Water Sustainability

In some locations, campuses are some of the largest continuous areas of land under single management in a community.  The University of Minnesota, for example, takes up approximately 1300 acres in the Twin Cities, along and immediately upstream of the Mississippi River.  Making changes on the campus to improve water quality in stormwater runoff is therefore a matter of working with just one landowner, rather than the potentially thousands who would have to be persuaded for a comparable urban area elsewhere.

This is why the EPA’s Campus RainWorks challenge is so exciting.  Teams of students at colleges and universities across the country are invited to develop proposals on how to improve water quality and management on their campus.  Winning entries will be awarded cash prizes and some will be offered the chance to develop their proposals further toward implementation grants.

Campuses have a lot of talent, and big comprehensive schools such as the University of Minnesota have schools of planning, design, engineering, and natural sciences.  There is great  potential to develop interdisciplinary, multi-practice proposals that really do illustrate the next generation of urban design.

We really need to do this here at Minnesota–who should be included?

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