DuPage County and SCARCE have
transitioned their 14th annual Sustainable Design Challenge, previously
scheduled in-person for April 21, into a virtual format. The Sustainable Design
Challenge encourages students to construct building and landscape models using environmental
and water-friendly design practices. Students will have until the end of the
month to electronically submit designs.
“During these difficult times, we’ve
been forced to cancel or postpone several events to ensure the safety of our
DuPage County community,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee
Chairman Jim Zay. “However, in speaking with our partners at SCARCE, as well as
participating teachers, we have decided to move the Challenge to a virtual
format. Many students have been working on their designs for quite some time,
and we at the County want to recognize those efforts, as well as encourage new
Students may submit their building
designs, project write-ups and presentations electronically. Teams are advised
to collaborate remotely via online communication tools. Like previous years, a
panel of industry experts will judge the projects, and the DuPage County Board
will award the top projects.
“We’re confident – given all the
advances in telecommunications – that this transition to a virtual format will
be seamless for students,” said SCARCE Founder and Executive Director Kay McKeen.
“In fact, this technological component makes it a well-rounded STEM [science, technology,
engineering and mathematics] event.”
All DuPage County high schools are
encouraged to participate. Registration will be open through April 24 with submissions
due on April 30. For information on participating in this year’s virtual challenge,
Winners will be announced in mid-May.
Following that, an online gallery of the building designs will be posted for
Date Posted: Friday, April 17, 2020