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Wheaton, Illinois


DuPage County, SCARCE Award Sustainable Design Challenge Top Prizes

During their meeting on Tuesday, members of the DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee presented awards to winning student groups chosen from this year’s 16th annual Sustainable Design Challenge. Awards went to students from York Community High School (Elmhurst) and Glenbard East High School (Lombard).

“Over the past 16 years, we’ve had nearly 500 student teams, comprised of thousands of students, participate in the Challenge, and, each year, I’m more impressed with the detail and sophistication of the projects.” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chair Jim Zay. “This year was no exception, and I’m pleased to award the top prizes to three talented and deserving groups.” 

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, evaluating the students’ designs, presentations and innovation. 

The winning groups were:

  • Kaylee Choi, John Polyak, Calvin Putterlik and Steve Flanagan, Glenbard East High School, for Overall LEED Design;
  • Tessa Brown, Gracie Stumpf, Katie Stumpf and Maya Valdez, York Community High School, for Best Stormwater Design; and
  • Kristina Tomanov, Glenbard East High School, for Best Energy Efficiency Design.

On April 5, student groups participated in the 16th annual Sustainable Design Challenge, held both virtually and in person at DuPage County’s JTK Administration Building. Competitors presented models of their landscape and building designs and explained the various elements that saved energy, preserved the environment and contributed to sustainability goals. Students featured 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.

To learn more about the Sustainable Design Challenge, please visit

Date Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2022