DuPage County and SCARCE are now
accepting project proposals from local high school students for the 15th
annual Sustainable Design Challenge. The Sustainable Design Challenge, which encourages
students to construct building and landscape models using environmental and conservation-friendly
design practices, will be held virtually with project submissions due in April.
“The Sustainable Design Challenge is
something we look forward to each year, and, despite recent hardships, I’m so
pleased it has continued with minimal interruption,” said DuPage County
Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “Through virtual means, the
students are still able to interact with and learn from industry professionals
as they research, design and construct their own innovative building concepts.”
In addition to inspiring students to
explore careers in urban planning, architecture and engineering, the
competition promotes environmental and stormwater management education within
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curricula in local high
SCARCE Founder and Executive Director
Kay McKeen emphasizes the importance of applying STEM education learned in
school to real-life scenarios.
“The Sustainable Design
Challenge provides invaluable real-life experience for students,” said McKeen.
“In school, they learn about the importance of sustainable concepts, including green
infrastructure and energy-efficiency, but actually incorporating these
practices into building designs makes a long-lasting impression. Inspired by
the competition, some students then go on to pursue STEM-related fields in
college and beyond.”
All DuPage County high schools are
encouraged to participate. Past competitors include 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 Community
(Elmhurst), Willowbrook (Villa Park), Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South,
Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South (Darien), Metea Valley (Aurora), Waubonsie
Valley (Aurora), Montini Catholic (Lombard), St. Francis (Wheaton) and Lake
Park (Roselle) high schools.
Registration will be open through April
16, and final projects are due April 23. For information on participating in
this year’s challenge, visit https://www.scarce.org/sustainable-design2021/.
SCARCE will post all submissions in
late April with winners announced in May.