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Wheaton, Illinois


DuPage County, SCARCE Award Sustainable Design Challenge Top Prizes

DuPage County Stormwater Management and SCARCE awarded the top prizes for this year’s 14th annual Sustainable Design Challenge, which was held virtually for the first time in its history.

“This year, we asked the students to go above and beyond in order to participate in the Sustainable Design Challenge, and many of them stepped up,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “I’m so impressed not only at the ingenuity and professionalism of their projects, but also at the agility of the students, teachers and schools to adapt from an in-person format to a virtual one.” 

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:
• Adrian Zhuang, Rose Menichini, Serena Jobi and Stephanie Yang, York Community High School, for Overall LEED Design;
• Paulo Nicoli, Liam Felice and Abigail Clancy, York Community High School, for Best Stormwater Design; and
• Tanya Masnyk, Maggie Breyne and Brigette Penrod, St. Francis High School, for Best Energy Efficiency Design.

Despite cancelling the in-person event, the virtual Sustainable Design Challenge attracted 10 student groups from five high schools, including Glenbard East (Lombard), York Community (Elmhurst), Montini Catholic (Lombard), St. Francis (Wheaton) and Lake Park East (Roselle). By video, students presented models of their designs and explained the design elements that made their buildings 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. 

To view this year’s project submissions, please visit

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020