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Tampa Bay Goes For The Green While Teams Go For The Gold

January 18, 2019

TAMPA, FL - For the first time in Tampa Bay major event history, the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee, TECO Energy and Amalie Arena  will team up during the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four in pursuit of the prestigious sustainable event certification, presented by the Council for Responsible Sport.  The Council for Responsible Sport is the world’s leading sustainable sport certification program, offering three core programs that help manage, measure and deliver purposeful events that go above and beyond the bottom line.

To lead the efforts, the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee has created a sustainability sub-committee consisting of local experts and thought leaders in the sustainability space and the NCAA Women’s Final Four footprint.

The certification process recognizes efforts across five pillars of responsible sport; planning and communication, procurement, resource management, access, and equity and community legacy. The committee is dividing and conquering to help identify and achieve its social and environmental goals while incorporating and elevating Tampa Bay’s unique sustainability story.


“We are incredibly grateful to our community partners at TECO Energy and Amalie Arena for helping us to invest in and elevate the sustainability efforts around the premier women’s championship,” said Claire Lessinger, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee. “The opportunity to team up with the Council for Responsible Sport further highlights the ongoing social impact and lasting legacy that the NCAA Women’s Final Four continues to have on the Tampa Bay community.”


There will be tons of great impact stories to highlight along the way including the purchase of renewable energy offsets that will make arena operations carbon neutral, a recycling reward campaign that will recognize fans that exhibit sustainable behavior, and a citywide clean-up event that will have members of the community preparing for the arrival of the Women’s Final Four. Also, the participating Band and Cheer squads of the Final Four teams will be teaming up with local sustainability partners, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Feeding Tampa Bay on a day of service initiative to tip-off championship week.

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