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Pacific Named one of 16 most Sustainable Universities

Introducing the "Sustainable 16": America's Premiere Universities and Colleges in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Practices
Feb 12, 2013

Enviance, Inc., in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics, 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(#EnviroU) tournament.

"The judges chose the top Sustainable 16 schools from a competitive group of institutions, which all demonstrated commitment to the environment through 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 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

Each participating school completed a survey covering factors such as internship opportunities, environmental awareness campaigns, clean energy implementations, and a variety of other considerations. Each submission was then evaluated by the panel of distinguished judges, whose combined recommendations determined the Sustainable 16. 

For Sustainable 16 schools to move on to the "Environmental Eight," "Finest Four," and to the "National Champion" titles, 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 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. 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.

Judges for this year's tournament are Jonathan Camuzeaux, Research Analyst, Office of Economic Policy and Analysis, Environmental Defense Fund; Rich Dailey, Senior Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Walmart; Lara Ettenson, Director of California Energy Efficiency Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council; Larry Goldenhersh, CEO, Enviance; Tom Vander Ark, Education Expert, Author and Executive Director, Getting Smart; Amy Westervelt, Contributor, Forbes; Blair Wimbush, Vice President, Real Estate and Corporate Sustainability Officer, Norfolk Southern.

For more information on the Environmental March Madness Tournament, email, or visit Receive real-time updates on Twitter by following @enviance and #EnviroU. 

Enviance is the leading provider of Environmental ERP software, with more than 17,000 users in 49 countries. Enviance Environmental ERP solutions enable organizations to measure, manage, report environmental performance and compliance needs. Founded in 1999, privately held Enviance is based in Carlsbad, California. For additional information, visit   

GreenBiz Group is 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. For additional information, visit