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DuPage County, SCARCE Award Sustainable Design Challenge Top Prizes

During their monthly meeting on Tuesday, the DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee held an awards ceremony to honor the top groups from this year’s 13th annual Sustainable Design Challenge.

“It’s an honor for myself, along with other DuPage County Board members, to recognize all of the hard work the students and teachers put into these designs,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “I was thoroughly impressed by all of the projects this year, and especially by those awarded today.” 

Sponsored by DuPage County Stormwater Management, SCARCE coordinates the annual event, which encourages students to construct building and landscape models using environmental and water-friendly design practices. Local professionals working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields served as judges for the event, evaluating the students’ designs, presentations and innovation. 

The winning groups were:

  • Ben Fusco and Chiara Biddle, Glenbard East High School, for Overall LEED Design;
  • Paulina Stachura, Addison Trail High School, for Best Stormwater Design; and
  • Adrian Zhuang, Milosh Dragojevic, Paul Nicoli and Ariela Asllani, York Community High School, for Best Energy Efficiency Design.

The honorable mentions were:

  • Braedan Johnson, Steve Perch, Brad Huber and Andrew Pizza, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, for LEED Design;
  • Alek Malone, Dori Burkhart, Emma Baroni and Bry Lee, Hinsdale Central High School, for Stormwater Design; and
  • Justin Davis, Hinsdale South High School, for Energy Efficiency Design.

“The fact that each of the top designs hailed from a different school demonstrates the creativity and commitment our local teachers bring to STEM education throughout DuPage County,” added Zay. 

The 13th annual Sustainable Design Challenge, which took place on April 16, featured more than 30 student groups presenting models of their designs and explaining the design elements that made their building sustainable. These elements included renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, and water conservation elements such as native plant landscaping, rain barrels and other green infrastructure for stormwater management. 

For more information about the Sustainable Design Challenge and past projects, please visit

Date Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019