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Uncover the Green Competition Results

The first round of judging in the Uncover the Green competition is completed!

Several weeks ago, the Philadelphia Water Department launched Uncover the Green. This exciting design competition challenged Philadelphia’s undergraduate and graduate students; to design a medallion to represent Philadelphia’s new green storm water tools, as well as a second design for new manhole covers.

Over 40 submissions were received and following the first round of judging , the top eight have been selected for the next round! Visit the completion website to view the finalists.

Join us on May 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M. at the Fairmount Water Works as we reveal the top three winners, as well as our city’s new medallion and manhole designs. Everyone is welcome for an afternoon full of activities, including a People Choice Awards. Refreshments will be served!

Special thanks to our first round of judges:

  • Community Design Collaborative
  • Cloud Geshan Associates
  • Maskar Design
  • The Public Workshop
  • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Help Get a Buoy for Lake Erie!

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The Regional Science Consortium is in the running for a Grassroots Grant from the Boat U.S. Foundation and needs your vote to win the grant!

If selected, the Regional Science Consortium plans to use the grant money to support the Weather, Water and Wave Buoy System that will be deployed this May in the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie. This buoy will provide real-time data (every 20 minutes) on the lake conditions that everyone can access. The buoy system will be a tremendous benefit to the local community as well as to tourists.

Find more information on the water quality buoy.

Click here to vote for the buoy system in Pennsylvania at Lake Eire. You can vote once every day until March 28th.

American Planning Association Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

Image Credits: WRT, Paseo Verde is one example of a Philadelphia project that uses sustainable stormwater management practices.

For the first time, the American Planning Association (APA) Sustainable Communities Division is offering awards for Excellence in Sustainability. Hurry! The deadline for application is March 31st. Let’s get a Philadelphia project in the running. Based on submissions to the Philadelphia Water Department’s Plan Review office, we know there are many developers in the City committed to sustainable building. The 2014 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability honors those projects, policies, plans and people who show exemplary scholarship, leadership and inspiration in sustainability planning and implementation.

Categories for these awards include:

  • Sustainable Development Project
  • Sustainable Building Project
  • Sustainable Park, Recreation or Open Space Project
  • Green Infrastructure Project
  • Sustainable Policy, Law or Plan
  • Leadership in Sustainability
  • Emerging Leader’s Sustainability Plan or Project

The application is open to all those who wish to apply. Any plan, project, program, tool, process, report or ordinance entered must have occurred in United States or Canada and been published within the last 3 years. Each submission may only be submitted to one category per year.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Help the Water Department Uncover the Green!

Calling all college students for our upcoming design competition! We need creative minds to help us capture Philadelphia’s vision for cleaner waterways and greener neighborhoods! Our new Uncover the Green competition focuses on both new and existing infrastructure. The goal of the competition is to create an eye-catching medallion marker that helps brand Philadelphia’s new green stormwater tools, which soak up rainwater as it runs off of sidewalks and streets throughout the City. But that’s not all! We are challenging our competition participants to delve deeper by producing a second design for new manhole covers! The winning designs for a green tool medallion and accompanying manhole cover will be placed on sidewalks and streets throughout the City for decades! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to leave your mark on Philadelphia!

Participation in the competition is free and open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Philadelphia based colleges and universities.

Stayed tuned! More information will follow with our official competition launch in January!

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