First Place - Middle School

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

  • Goal 13: Climate Action

School: After school group
Location: Rhinebeck, NY, USA

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This team set out to limit the amount of water flooding a courtyard in their village. They researched several organisms that channel, remove, absorb, store and filter excess water and combined what they learned. Their permeable surface design is a tile that mimics the Hottentot bread’s corky outer surface for permeability, the roots of the Black Grama Grass for filtering, and the shape of the Bromeliad and Pitcher plants to drain, channel, capture, and store water.