While the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is now down to four of the traditional powerhouses in College Basketball, the March Madness Tournament for Environmental Studies has now been reduced to our “Environmental Eight.” And with all due respect to sports fans, we think ours is infinitely more interesting.
Where else can you see a small liberal arts school in Maine, like Colby College, go head-to-head against an athletic powerhouse like Ohio State? Show us a tournament where a little state school tucked up in the redwood forests of Northern California (Humboldt State University), competes with a Big Ten powerhouse like Purdue?
We were overwhelmed by the supporting content that our Environmental Eight schools provide to help support their entries, thereby outlasting some very distinguished universities that were included in our “Sustainable 16,” like Duke, Baylor and University of Florida. The content was in the form of close to 200 surveys, videos and photos, along with scores of Tweets from the schools involved.
So who will cut down the nets on Friday and join the first-ever Final Four in Environmental Studies? Who will be named National Champion on Monday, April 2? Stay tuned because in our version of March Madness, a college of 7,000 students can take down a university with 50,000 students.