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The 2017 Sustainable Design Challenge moment you’ve been waiting for…

Apr 12 2017

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The 2017 Sustainable Design Challenge brought 28 teams of local high school students to the DuPage County Administration Building to show off their sustainable building models to DuPage County Board members, professionals in the fields of sustainable design, and the public on April 4th, 2017. Students represented Glenbard East High School, Hinsdale South High School, Lake Park High School, Wheaton Warrenville South High School, and York Community High School.

Students put a lot of hard work, research and creativity into their projects and it was evident from the models and presentations at this year’s Sustainable Design Challenge. Professionals from the DuPage County Stormwater Management department and local sustainable design professionals evaluated the projects.

Students also got to learn from DuPage County staff talks and displays about green infrastructure on the DuPage County campus and in the community.


After project evaluations, students and business sponsors came together for a zero-waste lunch at the DuPage County Fairgrounds sourced through NAMI DuPage’s Rise & Shine Cafe. Lunch was followed by a green building tour of the DuPage County Health Department’s Community Center. Students also got to discuss careers in sustainable design with engineers, architects, and stormwater professionals in a mini career fair.

And the winners are….

Based on compiled scores from the judges, student participation, and project write-ups demonstrating knowledge and innovation we are pleased to announce this year’s winners:


Overall LEED Design & $500 Prize goes to the Renewable Energy Fan Club: Missy Kraman, Nick Mentzer, Matt Mentzer, Eva Peak, and Rachel Diomar from Wheaton Warrenville South High School. (pictured above and below) The honorable mention is Team Green Annalise Soldano, Mollie Grasse, Evan Haug, and Nick Soldano of York High School.



Best Stormwater Design & $250 Prize goes to Team Win: Jack Chlystek and Gavin Vandenberg, York Community High School (pictured below). The honorable mention is Goatmeal of Lombard: Nicholas Colangelo, Gwendolyn Merrick, Renata Leighton, Veronica Luna, Justin Jones, and Maria Ahmed of Glenbard East High School.


Best Energy Efficiency Design & $250 Prize goes to Green-Shirtified: Cate Ayers and Siva Sreedhar, York Community High School (pictured below).  The honorable mention is Ross & Lukose Designs: Leena Lukose and Abigail Ross of York High School.


An awards presentation, open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm at the start of the DuPage County Board meeting.

Thank you to all the students that participated, the teachers that get their classes and clubs involved, and to those intrepid groups that come on their own!  We would also like to thank our local business sponsors for their support and participation:

  • Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
  • Hey & Associates, Inc.
  • Wight & Company
  • Legat Architects

Read more and learn how to get involved.

The Sustainable Design Challenge is a program of SCARCE and DuPage County Stormwater Management.

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