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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros (630) 407-6706

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DuPage County and SCARCE Hosting 11th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge for Local High Schools

This April, DuPage County and SCARCE will celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Sustainable Design Challenge, promoting environmental and stormwater education within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum in local high schools.

“The Sustainable Design Challenge is something we at the County look forward to every year. The Challenge has grown and improved significantly over the past 11 years,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “Each competition brings increasingly advanced designs demonstrating how much water is being detained or energy is being conserved. At this point, the students are teaching us some of the newest technologies in sustainable construction.”

The annual event, slated for Tuesday, April 4, encourages participating schools and students to design buildings and landscapes using sustainable design techniques, including green infrastructure to capture and treat stormwater runoff. Last year’s event drew the largest number of participants to date, and this year’s attendance is anticipated to surpass that record. 

SCARCE Founder and Executive Director Kay McKeen credits the success of the competition to local teachers who recognize the importance of bringing real life situations into the classroom.

“It’s difficult for teachers to deviate from their set curriculum, but these DuPage teachers are proving that not only is it possible, but it is also an amazing learning opportunity for students,” said McKeen. “I think the experience for the students really does carry over into real life situations they will find themselves in during college and beyond.”

All high schools are encouraged to participate and join groups who are frequent competitors including students from: Wheaton Warrenville South (Wheaton), Wheaton North, Naperville North, Glenbard South (Glen Ellyn), Glenbard East (Lombard), Addison Trail, College Preparatory School of America (Lombard), Neuqua Valley (Naperville), York High School (Elmhurst), Willowbrook (Villa Park), Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central and Westfield Middle School (Bloomingdale).

For information on participating in this year’s challenge, as well as to view a video from last year, visit