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Cleantech Commons Partners with “Rain It In” Student Competition

Cleantech Commons™ has partnered with Rain It In – an annual competition that challenges post-secondary students to create innovative solutions that will mitigate the impacts of intense rainfall events and flooding caused by climate change.

As part of our support, Cleantech Commons executive director, Martin Yuill, will serve as a student mentor and will be presenting a Skills Development Workshop in March this year.

See: Creative Climate Change Solutions Sought Through Student Competition  & Register Now for Rain It In Competition

In Trent University and Fleming College Peterborough has two top-rate environmental academic institutions, and it would be wonderful to see our region’s students embrace this opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change,” Yuill says.

Our partner, Trent University,” Yuill emphasizes, “has a reputation as a world-leading environmental university.” In December 2020 Trent was named #3 in Canada, and among the top 100 most sustainable university campuses worldwide, in the 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.

As part of the Rain It In competition, students gain hands-on experience as they research the impact of uncommon rainfall events and the risks of increased flooding. Teams selected to participate will receive support from industry experts to bring their projects to life.

Rain It In provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for students where they can take the knowledge and skills they are developing through their education and apply it to a challenging real-world problem,” Yuill says.

Climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of historically uncommon rainfall events. The flooding caused by these severe downpours causes issues such as:

  • Untreated wastewater to discharge or spill into our water bodies.
  • Sewage back-ups into our homes and businesses.
  • Damage to our infrastructure.
  • The safety of the public to be put at risk.
  • Pollutants including oil, lawn fertilizers, and animal waste to wash into our waterways.
  • Beach closures.

Check out previous Rain It In competition solutions here!

Registration is now open for Rain It In’s 3rd annual competition! This year’s competition will be hosted virtually.

Why Participate?

Cleantech Commons executive director, Martin Yuill, will present a Skills Development Workshop at the upcoming “Rain It In” “climate change” student competition

Rain It In provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for students where they can take the knowledge and skills they are developing through their education and apply it to a real-world problem.

Through a mentorship program, students can network with industry professionals and learn about different career paths in the water space.

The competition is also a great extra-curricular activity that can help students develop technical and transferable skills and participation can be added to a resume to help students stand out from other candidates when applying to jobs.

After the competition, Rain It In will assist students interested in pursuing the development of their solutions by connecting them with resources, mentors and programs.

In supporting students with the transition from ideas to entrepreneurship and product commercialization, Rain It In is creating new career opportunities and ultimately implementing solutions that will positively impact communities and the environment.

2021 Timeline:

    • Registration closes January 24th, 2021
    • Informational Webinar, January 2021
    • Mentorship Workshop, February 2021
    • Skills Development Workshop, March 2021
    • Project Pitches, March 2021
    • Next Steps Webinar, April 2021
    • If you or someone in your network is interested in volunteering as a project mentor, please sign up here.

Building Your Team

Teams should consist of 3 to 6 members. Though it is not mandatory, we strongly encourage participants to build diversified teams across various programs to gain different perspectives and skills useful for developing a successful innovation. Along with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students, other programs that could be considered when building a team are Horticulture, Water Quality, Environmental Sciences, Marketing, Finance, Public Relations, etc. Note: Students do not need to be attending the same post-secondary institution to be on the same team

Your Innovation

The purpose of this competition is for teams to create innovations that can be implemented in their communities to reduce the impact of intense rainfall events.

Teams have the option to design a brand new innovative solution or to modify and improve an existing one. Innovations are not restricted to being physical products like rain barrels, rain gardens, or blue roofs, but can also be technologies, outreach, education campaigns, fundraisers, games and more!

Teams are to look at their community and environment when designing their product and innovations can be made for an urban or rural application.

At the end of the competition, teams will have a chance to network with each other to determine if there is an opportunity to merge their ideas and collaborate to expand on their innovations.

Report and Presentation

Teams will create a report that describes the innovation, including details about the materials needed, the expense breakdown, and the marketing strategy. An electronic copy of the report must be submitted to before 11:59 PM on March 14th, 2021.


Teams will be invited to pitch virtually in March 2021. Five minutes will be allotted to each team to pitch their solution. After each pitch, the judges will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The report and solution pitch will be evaluated by a judging panel composed of industry experts.