What is the Environmental March Madness Tournament?
The Second Annual Environmental March Madness Tournament evaluates environmental and sustainability academic programs as well as sustainability practices of colleges and universities around the country. The tournament runs in parallel with the NCAA college basketball championship.
The tournament features 4 distinct rounds, beginning with the announcement of the nation's Sustainable 16 schools (the top 16 schools that will compete for the title of top environmental school in the U.S.). The Sustainable 16 will be narrowed down to the Environmental 8, followed by the Finest 4. The winning school will then be announced.
What can you do to advance to the "Environmental 8" if you've been selected as one of the "Sustainable 16" schools?
We encourage student and faculty to tell us why your school should advance by submitting videos, essays and photos in support of your school. These are critical to your school’s success in the tournament! Students and faculty will be able to submit these materials through March 8, 2013. Judges will weigh student and faculty submissions, along with your initial survey results, in the judging process.
Two students from schools advancing to the Final Four with the most compelling video or essay submissions will be awarded a Google Nexus tablet, courtesy of Enviance.
To submit a video, please direct students and faculty to upload their submissions, no more than two minutes in length, to YouTube and tag “EnvianceGreen.” They will need to include the school name and “Enviance” in the title of their video.
After uploading your video, please go to our “Enviance Environmental March Madness Contest” video posted on the Enviance YouTube channel. From here, choose “Create a video response” from the comments section and choose your uploaded video.
The essays should be no more than 300 words.
To submit an essay, please have students and faculty email their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your school’s name in the subject line so we can easily identify submissions.
Lastly, students and faculty can also submit pictures illustrating your university’s case as the most environmental/sustainable program in the country. To submit a picture:
1. Go to Enviance’s Facebook page and click the “like” button
2. Upload your pictures to the page
3. Make sure you add the following comment to each picture “<SCHOOL NAME> Enviance Environmental March Madness Contest”.
What prizes are awarded to the winner?
The winning school will be awarded the title of “2013 National Champion” and receive a cash donation of $5,000 to its environmental & sustainability department. The school’s department chair or appointed member of faculty will also enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego, CA to attend the 2013 Enviance User Conference April 22-26, where he or she will have the opportunity to be part of a discussion panel. The top two students from schools advancing to the Finest Four, with the most compelling supporting materials and tournament participation, will be awarded Google Nexus tablets.
When will the winner be announced?
The winning school will be announced on April 9, 2013.
Who is hosting the contest?
Enviance is a global provider of Environmental ERP (EERP) solutions that measure, manage, report and reduce environmental and regulatory risks. With more than a decade providing environmental data management and expertise, Enviance's proven system is used by the world's largest corporations and government agencies including American Electric Power, Chevron, DuPont, Fujifilm and Syngenta. For additional information, visit http://www.enviance.com.
Who are the 2013 tournament partners?
The 2013 media partner is Greenbiz Group, an integrated media company focused on supporting professionals who view sustainable practices as a core part of their businesses. GreenBiz is focused on telling the stories, providing the insights and advancing the sustainability profession through GreenBiz.com, GreenBiz Events, GreenBiz Intelligence, and GreenBiz Connects. For additional information, visit http://www.greenbiz.com.
The 2013 technology partner is Qualtrics, a worldwide leader in data collection and analysis with a survey-based platform that is easy enough for an intern, but sophisticated enough for a Ph.D. For additional information, visit http://www.qualtrics.com.
How do I participate?
Department heads are asked to submit a short survey with background information about their environmental and sustainability programs, as well as their school’s environmental practices, in order to be considered for the Sustainable 16 list by January 25, 2013.
List of survey questions
Submit your entry
The Sustainable 16 schools will be notified and asked to submit supporting materials engaging students and faculty, explaining why their school deserves to be the 2013 tournament winner. A complete list of supporting materials and how to submit them will be published shortly.
What are the deadlines for schools?
January 25, 2013: Department heads must submit entry about their school program and sustainability practices to be considered for the Sustainable 16.
March 8, 2013: Last day students and faculty can submit supporting documents.
When is each round of finalists announced?
February 11, 2013: Sustainable 16
March 28, 2013: Environmental 8
April 2, 2013: Finest Four
April 9, 2013: Winner
What are the criteria used to judge the universities?
Judges will evaluate a number of factors that fall under the below categories:
• Environmental program and curriculum
• Environmental opportunities for students
• On-campus sustainability efforts
Criteria will be calculated on a scale of 1-5, then averaged by judges to determine top schools, and then the winner. If your school has scored high enough to place in the Environmental 8, another score, based on videos and essays submitted by students and faculty, will be factored in to determine the “Finest Four” and overall champion.
Who are the judges?
A panel of judges, consisting of industry experts, will evaluate contest submissions and choose the 2013 Environmental March Madness National Champion.
Meet the 2013 judging panel