The Columbus Local Organizing Committee has incorporated sustainability impact areas into the NCAA Women’s Final Four by planning a wide range of activities and actions designed to engage residents, businesses and visitors to help make a more sustainable Ohio.

Some of the projects include:

Council for Responsible Sport Certification

Columbus is seeking to become the first Women’s Final Four to receive a sustainability certification. The Responsible Sport Certification is a holistic approach to ensure the event considers community, financial and environmental impacts on Columbus for true sustainability.

Tree Planting with Branch Out Columbus

In partnership with the City of Columbus through Branch Out Columbus, over 100 trees will be planted at two parks within Columbus proper.

Planting trees offsets the carbon impact of hosting the Women’s Final Four by sequestering carbon and beautifies the community for all to enjoy. Planting trees is a legacy issue for generations to enjoy in the future. Volunteers will plant these trees and learn more about environmental sustainability and use this knowledge to help encourage others to practice sustainability.

Please join US for a tree planting by clicking on the dates below!

To volunteer for a tree planting, click here.

Sports Gear Drive

You can donate new or gently-used sports gear to benefit Columbus City Schools. For a list of donation locations and items needed, click here. 

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