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CSU needs students' help with environmental contest

February 25, 2013

For the second year in a row, CSU has been named as one of the "Sustainable 16" schools in Enviance Inc.'s annual March Madness Tournament that rewards excellence in environmental academics and sustainability.

“It is an honor for Colorado State to be selected twice for this tournament and the recognition shows that our programming - which is dedicated to students having an environmental course, program or experience - is having an impact,” said Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability or SoGES, which submitted a nomination to the contest.

CSU only school in Colorado

CSU is the only university from Colorado named and one of five schools to be selected twice.

“CSU is continuing to create a foundation that prepares students to address the economic, environmental, and societal issues of global sustainability through research, curricular and outreach opportunities,” Wall said.

The tournament, created last year by Enviance, is designed to evaluate colleges on criteria including environmental degree programs, environmental opportunities for students and campus efforts in sustainability.

“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 Goldenhersch, president and CEO of Enviance, in a statement. “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.”

Competing to be national champion

The top 16 schools continue to compete toward becoming named “National Champion.” Enviance is looking for student and faculty participation in submitting short essays, social media clips or other pieces on why they should move on to the “Environmental Eight.” From there, the company will name the “Finest Four,” and then finally the “National Champion.”

The tournament will award $5,000 to the environmental department of the “National Champion.” The department chair or a member of the faculty will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to attend the Enviance User Conference from April 22-26. The winner also will lead a panel on teaching future environmental professionals.

What you can do to help CSU advance to the Environmental 8
Students and faculty can help CSU advance to the next round by submitting videos, essays and photos in support of our school.  Submissions are due by Friday, March 8, 2013.

As extra incentive, two students from the schools advancing to the Final Four with the most compelling video or essay submissions will be awarded a Google Nexus tablet, courtesy of Enviance.

Submitting videos

To submit a video, upload submissions, no more than two minutes in length, to YouTube and tag “EnvianceIT.” The title of the video will need to include both “Colorado State University” and “Enviance”.

After uploading your video, please go to our “Enviance 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.

Submitting essays

The essays should be no more than 300 words.  Email you essay to and be sure to include “Colorado State University” in the subject line.

Submitting pictures

Lastly, students and faculty can also submit pictures illustrating CSU’s case as the most environmental/sustainable program in the country. To submit a picture:

  1. Go to the 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 “Colorado State Enviance March Madness Contest.”

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336