Colorado State University made the list of “Final Four” universities across the nation excelling in environmental education, according to Enviance Inc., an environmental data management company, and Environmental Leader, an energy and environment trade publication.
The companies originally announced CSU was one of the “Sustainable 16” as part of their inaugural March Madness Tournament for Environmental Studies. Colorado State – the only Colorado university listed – made it to the “Environmental Eight” and “Final Four.”
Colby College on Monday was selected as the contest winner from the list of four finalists that also included Purdue University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Other universities originally listed in the “Sustainable 16” included Baylor, Cornell, Duke, Ohio State, the University of California-Davis, the University of Florida and UNC-Asheville.
“We were pleased to have been considered in this designation and look forward to next year’s competition,” said University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall, founding director of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, which led CSU’s efforts in the competition.
The first-ever March Madness Tournament for Environmental Studies was created in a format similar to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament to recognize universities for their sustainability and academic efforts, according to the Enviance news release. Enviance is a leading provider of Environmental ERP software, with more than 17,000 users in 49 countries.