MSU News Service
BOZEMAN – Montana State University made the A-team in environmental studies.
The school was recently named to a group of 16 colleges and universities exemplifying excellence in environmental academics, in the first-ever March Madness Tournament for Environmental Studies, which was put together by Enviance, Inc., a provider of environmental enterprise resource planning software, and Environmental Leader, a daily trade publication for corporate executives on energy, environmental and sustainability news.
The ‘Sustainable 16’, as it’s called, were selected from a competitive field of colleges and universities who responded to a survey looking for the best 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,” Goldenhersh said.
MSU has a range of programs committed to sustainability and environmental sciences, including the Sustainability Center, the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, degrees in environmental engineering, environmental studies, and sustainable food and bioenergy systems.
The tournament was designed to evaluate colleges and universities on academic and sustainability prowess as it relates to the environment, in a format similar to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.
The Sustainable 16 are (alphabetically):
Colorado State University,
Humboldt State University,
Montana State University,
Ohio State University,
Rochester Institute of Technology,
University of California, Davis,
University of Florida,
University of Michigan – Dearborn,
UNC Asheville and
University of Texas at Arlington