This April, DuPage County and SCARCE 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.
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. Each competition brings increasingly advanced designs demonstrating how
much water is being detained or energy is being conserved,” said DuPage County
Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “At this point, the students
are teaching us some of the newest technologies in sustainable construction.”
annual event, slated for Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 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.”
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).
information on participating in this year’s challenge, as well as to view a
video from last year, visit https://www.scarce.org/event/sustainable-design-challenge2017/.