Read the full story in the Indianapolis Star.
In its three-week duration, March Madness is bringing in tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Indianapolis and drawing at least $100 million into the city’s economy. It’s also using significant amounts of energy — enough to power a neighborhood the size of Glendale for a month.
Normally, an event this size would result in net emissions of more than 5,000 tons of greenhouse gases. But not this year. This year, March Madness is carbon neutral.
The energy used at all seven of the basketball tournament’s venues will be tracked and then mitigated by renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. The effort, part of a partnership with the NCAA and the Indiana Sports Corp., will result in one of the largest sporting events in the country to make the commitment to carbon neutrality.