Eviance, Inc. in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics announced that it is calling for entries for the Second Annual Environmental March Madness(#EnviroU) tournament, which will evaluate academic programs and sustainability practices at dozens of universities around the country. Tom Vander Ark from Getting Smart will serve as a judge.
Schools interested in submitting for the tournament can find the complete list of questions here and can begin the process of filling out the Qualtrics-hosted survey here. The deadline to submit is January 14, 2013. Student essays, department videos and images, and other supporting information will be collected beginning February 4, after the Sustainable 16 are announced.
The 2013 tournament will feature a new, distinguished panel of judges featuring environmental experts from a variety of sectors, including retail, energy, non-profit, journalism and academia, along with Enviance president and CEO, Lawrence Goldenhersh. Together, the judges will not only evaluate the curriculum at the colleges and universities who enter, but also weigh the environmental practices on the campuses themselves, to see which schools “practice what they teach.” You can find more information on the judges here.
“When we launched the Environmental March Madness tournament in early 2012, we never envisioned the amount of interest and competition it would spark among colleges and universities, large and small,” said Goldenhersh. “If last year’s tournament showed anything, it’s that you don’t have to be from the storied basketball conferences like the ACC or Big 10 to be considered a powerhouse, and even a small college in Maine—like Colby College, the 2012 National Champion—has a shot to cut down the nets come April. This year’s competition should be even more intense and wide open as new schools participate and we open the judging to actual environmental practices taking place on campus.”
The tournament judging will run simultaneous to the NCAA college basketball tournament, culminating with the National Champion being announced on April 8, 2013. In addition to the National Champion title, Enviance will award the winning school’s environmental and sustainability department with a $5,000 prize. Enviance will also send the department chair or a member of the faculty on an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to attend the Enviance User Conference, April 22 to26, where the department leader will lead a panel on educating future environmental professionals.
For a complete list of the tournament rules and prizes, please visit http://www.enviance.com/march-madnessor contact [email protected]. You can also receive real-time updates on Twitter by following @enviance.