Remaining “Final Four” Compete to be Named Best Environmental Studies Program in the Nation

CARLSBAD, Calif. and DENVER, Colo.—Enviance, Inc. and Environmental Leader today announced the “Final Four,” in the final round of the first-ever March Madness tournament for Environmental Studies, designed to reward excellence in environmental studies. These schools have survived two elimination rounds, including the “Sustainable 16” two weeks ago, and last week’s “Environmental Eight”, in order to compete for the title of “National Champion.” In order to be advanced to the “Final Four,” schools were scored by the tournament’s expert judges on photo, video and essay submissions sent by students and faculty, in addition to a survey detailing key aspects of each school’s program.

The Final Four are (alphabetically):

  1. Colby College
  2. Colorado State University
  3. Purdue University
  4. Rochester Institute of Technology

“Our “Final Four” schools are working hard to cultivate programs that properly equip the next generation of environmental professionals to succeed in their future careers and help solve the world’s toughest environmental problems,” said Lawrence Goldenhersh, CEO and president of Enviance, and tournament judge. “With the announcement of our “National Champion” just days away, we are extremely excited to honor these winning schools by recognizing their students and faculty for all their hard work in advancing the field of environmental studies.”

Tournament Methodology

The March Madness Tournament for Environmental Studies was designed to evaluate colleges and universities on their academic and sustainability prowess as it relates to the environment, in a format similar to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. To be considered, each school submitted a survey response covering topics related to curriculum, graduation rate, facilities and student retention.  The submissions were evaluated by a panel of expert judges, with the combined recommendations determining the “Sustainable 16.”

Those 16 schools were then given the chance to submit essays, photos and videos to the judges, for further consideration to be included in the “Environmental Eight,” as well as the “Final Four”.

Judges for this year’s tournament include:

  • Peter Fox, Principal & Chairman of The Brattle Group
  • Velislava Ivanova, Global Sustainability Practice Director at CH2M HILL
  • Larry Goldenhersh, CEO & President of Enviance
  • Nick Johnson, Managing Consultant at Trinity Consultants
  • Don Cuffel, Manager of Environmental Engineering at Valero/California

The call for submissions has now closed. The “National Champion” will be announced Monday, April 2.

Tournament Prizes

The tournament will award $5,000 to the environmental and sustainability department of one “National Champion,” and send the department chair or member of the faculty on an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to attend the Enviance User Conference, April 16-20. While there, the winner will lead a panel titled, “What Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Need to Know.”

For more information on the March Madness Tournament for environmental studies, please email, or visit or You can also receive real-time updates on Twitter by following @enviance or @ELDaily.


Enviance is the leading provider of Environmental ERP software, with more than 17,000 users in 49 countries. Our comprehensive solutions have been developed, tested and proven by serving the world’s leading corporations and government organizations for over a decade. As the world business community faces increasing sustainability challenges, Enviance Environmental ERP solutions enable organizations to measure, manage, report environmental performance and compliance needs. The Enviance system leverages cloud computing technology to deliver its Environmental ERP platform online in real-time—anytime, anywhere and enterprise-wide. Founded in 1999, privately held Enviance is based in Carlsbad, California. For additional information, visit

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