Pacific Selected as a “Sustainable 16” Finalist

STOCKTON — University of the Pacific today announced that it has been selected as a “Sustainable 16” school in the second annual Environmental March Madness tournament, which rewards excellence in environmental academics and sustainability. The competition, sponsored by Enviance, in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics, will announce 2013’s National Champion on April 8.

The Environmental March Madness Tournament was designed to evaluate colleges and universities on environmental degree programs and curriculum, environmental opportunities for students, and campus sustainability efforts. Each participating school completed a survey covering factors ranging from internship opportunities, environmental awareness campaigns, clean energy implementations, and a variety of other considerations. The submissions were then evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges to determine the “Sustainable 16.”

In order to advance to the “Environmental Eight,” “Finest Four” and “National Champion”, Sustainable 16 faculty and students are being asked to support their entries with short essay submissions, social media or video submissions on why their school deserves to win. The submissions will be accepted from today through Friday, March 8, 2013.

“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 studies programs and on-campus initiatives,” said Lawrence Goldenhersh, CEO and president of Enviance, and a tournament judge. “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. We’ve already been very impressed with the level of enthusiasm from all those that submitted in the first round and are excited to see what the ‘Sustainable 16′ submit for further evaluation to determine the national champion.”

The school chosen as National Champion will receive a $5,000 grant for its environmental department and the department chair or a chosen faculty member will also be sent on an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego, Calif. to attend the Enviance User Conference, April 22-26, 2013. While there, the winner will lead a panel on educating future environmental professionals. In addition, the two students deemed by the judges to have submitted the most compelling supporting materials will be awarded Google Nexus tablets. Any participating student from the Finest Four is eligible for this prize.

For more information on the Environmental March Madness tournament, please email, or visit You can also receive real-time updates on Twitter by following @enviance and #EnviroU.

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