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Cornell CEE Chosen for the Sustainable 16

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"The 'Sustainable 16' has been selected from a highly competitive field of colleges and universities who responded to our survey looking for the top environmental studies programs in the country,” said Lawrence Goldenhersh, CEO and president of Enviance, and a tournament judge. “These are the institutions that will prepare the next generation of environmental professionals to lead environmental compliance, sustainability and social responsibility programs for some of the world’s largest companies. We’re excited about the quality of the schools involved in the contest and can’t wait to evaluate the programs further to identify a national champion.”

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. The tournament sponsors sent surveys to more than three-dozen of the country’s top environmental universities and also accepted open submissions from other qualified schools. Each participating school submitted a survey response covering topics related to curriculum, graduation rate, facilities and student retention.

Each submission was then evaluated against its peers by a panel of expert judges from well-respected organizations including The Brattle Group, CH2M HILL, Enviance, Trinity Consultants and Valero. The combined recommendations of those judges then determined the “Sustainable 16.”

Judges for this year’s tournament include:

• Peter Fox,
Principal & Chairman of The Brattle Group
• Velislava Ivanova,
Director of Global Sustainability 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

Cornell's Civil and Environmental Engineering School was among the Sustainable 16:

Baylor University
Colby College
Colorado State University

Cornell University, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Duke University
Humboldt State University
Montana University
Ohio State University
Purdue University

Rochester Institute of Technology
Temple University
University of California – Davis
University of Florida
University of Michigan – Dearborn
University of NC – Ashville 
University of Texas - Arlington

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