Southern California environment news and trends

Eco-March Madness: California colleges advance to the “Environmental Eight”

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With the 2012 NCAA basketball playoffs whittled down to this weekend’s Final Four matchups pitting Ohio State against Kansas and Louisville versus Kentucky, the first-ever March Madness tournament of Environmental Studies has tightened up as well.

As we reported earlier this month, the “Sustainable 16” American colleges and universities had been selected to compete for the title of National Champion of Environmental Studies. This week, program sponsors Environmental Leader and Enviance, Inc announced the “Environmental Eight” schools chosen to advance to the next round. Both schools representing California in the "Sustainable 16" — UC Davis and Humboldt State University — have made the cut. They will be pitted against Colby College, Colorado State University, Ohio State, Purdue, Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Arlington.

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More brackets: Two California schools in “Sustainable 16” eco-education competition

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With a large percentage of the American population already knee-deep in brackets for this year’s edition of the NCAA basketball playoffs known as March Madness, there’s a very different kind of collegiate showdown also heating up.

In the spirit of the “Sweet 16,” the “Sustainable 16” is a group of colleges and universities that “exemplify excellence in environmental academics,” and was selected through a nationwide survey competition. As reported by Environmental Leader (who is co-sponsoring the competition with Enviance, producers of environmental ERP software), surveys from three dozen potential schools were narrowed down to the “Sustainable 16” by a panel including Lawrence Goldenhersh, the president and CEO of Enviance. Among the 16 schools are two from California: University of California, Davis, and Humboldt State University.

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