IDOT Kicks Off 2012 Rain Barrel Design Competition
Winning Entries Will Receive Rain Barrels for Storm Water Recycling
SPRINGFIELD— The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
today launched its 2012 Rain Barrel Design Competition to
educate students on storm water management and to highlight the
positive impact of green initiatives. The competition, now in
its third year, offers eligible students the chance to win a
rain barrel based on creative artwork submitted through
participating schools across the state.
“The popularity of the rain barrel design competition has
soared, and with its continuation, has engaged students
statewide to better understand how vital sustainability
practices are for the environment, our communities and
residents’ overall quality of life,” said Illinois
Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “We are proud to
offer the design competition again this year, and encourage all
interested students to participate and display their artistic
During the current fall semester, IDOT is teaming with the
Illinois Correction Industries to make the Rain Barrel Design
Competition possible for the third consecutive year. Students
ranging from 3rd to 12th grades will have the opportunity to
submit an artistic design that could be painted onto a
rainbarrel. Optimal designs depict impressions of nature, Earth
Day, or reflect IDOT’s vision of sustainability. In November, 50
designs will be selected as winners and those schools will each
receive a rainbarrel.
Each school is allowed one submission in each age group and
it must be made through the schools’ principal or art teacher.
The age group divisions are 3rd to 5th grade, 6th to 8th grade
and 9th to 12th grade.
Schools will receive information and rules regarding the
event this week. Designs must be submitted to IDOT by Oct. 29,
2012. Winners will be announced in early November.
For additional information is, please contact Steve Massey,
sustainable practices manager of IDOT, at (815) 434-8414 or
Rain barrels awarded to schools are donated by Illinois
Correctional Industries, a division of the Illinois Department
of Corrections, as part of the Correctional Industries’