As the teams in the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen hit the hardwood this weekend to determine the Elite Eight, we announced our own “Environmental Eight” yesterday, the eight schools remaining in our Second Annual Environmental March Madness tournament.
To advance, the previously announced “Sustainable 16” were asked to submit photos, videos and essays, both from students and faculty, to further demonstrate the strength of their environmental academics and their commitment to on-campus sustainability practices.
We were positively overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of submissions. In total, we received more than 800 photos, 150 essays and 30 videos from the “Sustainable 16.”
We were happy with the output of the entire “Sustainable 16,” but the eight schools that have advanced truly went above and beyond. The “Environmental Eight” are (alphabetically):
- Colorado State University
- George Mason University
- Michigan State University
- Middlebury College
- Ohio State University
- University of California Santa Barbara
- University of Virginia
- University of Washington
Who will cut down the nets and take the title of “National Champion”? Stay tuned to find out. It could be one of the NCAA powerhouses, like Michigan or Ohio State, or it could be a smaller college like last year’s winner, Colby College.
For more information on the Environmental March Madness Tournament, please email Enviance@schwartzmsl.com, or visit http://www.enviance.com/march-madness. You can also receive real-time updates on Twitter by following @enviance and #EnviroU.