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SIFE team repeats in Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge

Anderson University’s Students In Free Enterprise, or SIFE team, has won the Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge for a second straight year.


The retail giant established the competition to challenge top business programs from around the country to develop cutting edge programs to assist Sam’s Club business partners in becoming more efficient and environmentally sound.


The Anderson team selected two local businesses, one a non-profit agency (Anderson Interfaith Ministries) and the other a restaurant (The Pompous Pig) and conducted an environmental audit. Then, using materials provided by Sam’s, the team recommended changes related to electricity, water and paper usage, and the savings just over the first three months were statistically significant.


“To win it last year was a huge surprise to all of us, since it was the first time we competed with this type of SIFE project. We knew we had a very good project and presentation, but the competition, just like this year was very strong,” said Dr. Miren Ivankovic, AU business professor.   “Then to be invited yet again to the Sam’s Club headquarters and be placed among top 6 schools in the nation, then top three and finally, win the whole thing at the Nationals in Minneapolis, speaks volumes about our students and their effort. This was very special and I am very proud to be a part of this team.”  


To learn more about AU’s SIFE team, contact Miren Ivankovic or Bill Laing at Anderson University, 864-231-2000. To learn more about the Sam’s Club competition, visit


The AU SIFE team received $1,000 from Sam’s for making the finals of the competition and a $5,000 prize for winning the national title.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools to Watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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