The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a poster contest to highlight green infrastructure and low-impact development projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Did your business build a parking garage with a green roof? Do your city government buildings harvest rainwater? EPA wants to hear about projects like these in preparation for the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference.
Green infrastructure uses natural hydrologic features to manage water and provide environmental and community benefits, including pollution reduction, flood control, and water-use efficiency. As climate change affects our communities in different ways, implementing green infrastructure techniques becomes more important than ever in improving resiliency.
Anyone who has developed or is working on a project using green infrastructure or low-impact development is encouraged to submit a poster. Entries are due by Friday, September 25. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for municipal or private professionals (for example, stormwater program operators, developers, or landscape architects), as will a first-place prize for student entries. Poster authors can present their submissions at the upcoming 17th annual EPA Region 6 stormwater conference in Hot Springs, Ark., October 18 through 23. After the conference, all posters will be highlighted on the Region 6 green infrastructure web page.
For complete contest rules and criteria: http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/greeninfrastructure/pdf/2015_EPA_gi_lid_poster_competition.pdf
For more on green infrastructure in Region 6, including information on this year’s conference: http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/greeninfrastructure/index.html