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MSU's commitment to environment places it in top 16 in March Madness Tournament

February 13, 2013 -- MSU News Service

MSU has been selected for the "Sustainable 16" in the Environmental March Madness Tournament.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN --Montana State University is one of 16 universities and colleges selected for the "Sustainable 16" in the second annual Environmental March Madness Tournament.

To advance to the next round, MSU students and faculty are encouraged to submit videos, essays and photos by March 8 that explain or illustrate why MSU is the most environmental/sustainable school in the country. The "Environmental 8" schools will be announced on Friday, March 22.  The "Finest Four" schools will be announced on April 5, and the national champion on April 8.

The winning school will receive $5,000. A representative of that school will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego for the 2013 Enviance User Conference on April 22-26, where he or she will have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion. In addition to that, two students who attend one of the Finest Four schools and submit the most compelling video or essay will each win a Google Nexus tablet.

Contest organizers at Enviance, the GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics said student and faculty submissions are critical to a school's success in the tournament. Judges will weigh those submissions, along with initial survey results, in deciding who advances. For information on submitting essays, videos and photos, go to

Other schools in the "Sustainable 16" are Arizona State, Colorado State, Emory University, George Mason University, Michigan State, Middlebury College, Ohio State, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of California Santa Barbara, University of Florida, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of the Pacific, University of Virginia, the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All were chosen because they demonstrated excellence in environmental degree programs and curriculum, environmental opportunities for students, and campus sustainability efforts. 

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or