Henry Hudson 400 is pleased to announce the winners of the New Generation Competition that challenged undergraduate students to propose innovative solutions to water issues facing coastal cities. The competition is a highlight of the transatlantic H209 Water Forum commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's pioneering journey.
The winners of the New Generation Competition are:
- First prize: Anke Poelstra, Technical University Delft: Rain Water for the Rest Room - To use rainwater collected on roofs for flushing toilets to conserve water, reduce runoff and raise public awareness of a more sustainable water cycle.
- Second prize: Ellen Speace, Rutgers University: Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management - To manage stormwater runoff through green infrastructure and the use of hydrodynamic separators to store water during peak rainfall and release it during dry weather.
- Third prize: Brendan McKeon, Columbia University: Private Infrastructure as Source Control: Green Roofs - To control excessive rainwater runoff through building green roofs combined with an incentive program to encourage private investment in green roofs.
Judges for the competition included Alan Blumberg, Director of the Center for Maritime Studies at Stevens Institute; Malcolm Bowman, Professor of Oceanography at SUNY Stony Brook; William Solecki, Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and co-chair of the NYC Panel on Climate Change; Tara Gallagher, a private consultant on infrastructure and former vice president of infrastructure at Arcadis and Parsons; and Gary Rancourt, Business Development, Big Green Innovations at IBM. Decisions were based on a scoring system that evaluated creativity, viability, methodology and presentation.
The winners will receive cash prizes at Hoopla on the Hudson: The Future of Water Gala on September 9 in the presence of Prince Willem Alexander of The Netherlands. Internships with major companies will also be arranged for them for Summer 2010.