CARLSBAD, Calif.— Enviance, Inc.
, in partnership with GreenBiz Group
, today announced the “Sustainable 16,”
a collection of 16 colleges and universities that have demonstrated excellence in environmental academics and sustainability practices. The 16 schools are now in contention to be named “National Champion”
in the Second Annual Environmental March Madness
The “Sustainable 16” are (alphabetically):
• Arizona State University
• Colorado State University
• Emory University
• George Mason University
• Michigan State University
• Middlebury College
• Montana State University
• Ohio State University
• Rochester Institute of Technology
• University of California Santa Barbara
• University of Florida
• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
• University of the Pacific
• University of Virginia
• University of Washington
• University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The judges chose the top 'Sustainable 16' schools from a competitive group of institutions, which all demonstrated commitment to the environment through both their environmental degree programs and on-campus initiatives," said Lawrence Goldenhersh, CEO and president of Enviance, and a tournament judge. "All of the participating schools are grooming future environmental leaders who will oversee the environmental compliance, sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs of tomorrow for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and other organizations. We've already been very impressed with the level of enthusiasm from all those that submitted in the first round and are excited to see what the 'Sustainable 16' submit for further evaluation to determine the ‘National Champion.’"
The Environmental March Madness Tournament was designed to evaluate colleges and universities on environmental degree programs and curriculum, environmental opportunities for students, and campus sustainability efforts. Each participating school completed a survey covering factors including internship opportunities, environmental awareness campaigns, clean energy implementations, and a variety of other considerations.
Each submission was then evaluated by our panel of distinguished judges. The combined recommendations of those judges then determined the “Sustainable 16.”
Judges for this year’s tournament are:
Rich Dailey, Senior Director
, Environmental Health & Safety, Walmart
Tom Vander Ark, Education Expert, Author and Executive Director
, Getting Smart
Amy Westervelt, Contributor
Blair Wimbush, Vice President, Real Estate and Corporate Sustainability Officer
, Norfolk Southern
For “Sustainable 16” schools to move on to the “Environmental Eight,” “Finest Four,” and to the “National Champion” title, Enviance is encouraging faculty and students to support their entries with short essays, social media or video submissions on why they should be named “National Champion.” The submissions will be accepted from today through Monday, March 8, 2013. The “Environmental Eight” will be announced on Monday, March 22.
The tournament will award $5,000 to the environmental and sustainability department of the “National Champion,” and send the department chair or member of the faculty on an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to attend the Enviance User Conference, April 22-26, 2013. While there, the winner will lead a panel on educating future environmental professionals.
Furthermore, two students with the most compelling supporting materials and tournament participation will be awarded Google Nexus tablets. Any participating student from the “Finest Four” is eligible for this prize.