As sustainability students, this was a unique opportunity to get “real-world” experience working on a sustainability project for a nationally recognized event. “Working with Heritage, ClimeCo, the NCAA, and other highly credited names was exciting when I first became part of this project,” Megan Grubbs said. “Their interest in this project showed that what we were doing was important. I was also excited to see these companies take the initiative of making the events this country loves a little greener for future generations.”
Making an impact, and in their home state no less, instilled a sense of pride in the students. In the words of Jonathon Lewis, “I got to do sustainability work that actually helped make a more significant difference than I am used to.”
Megan echoed this sentiment, saying “I take pride that Indiana was the first state to achieve this carbon-neutral March Madness Tournament. It’s exciting to see your city take the needed steps to make our homes stay beautiful for the next generations. I hope other cities take our lead when hosting big events.”
This experience not only gave students insight into the sustainability industry but also provided the skills they may not otherwise have learned, while also highlighting a new potential career path. “The most valuable thing I learned was probably about how to calculate and convert various sets of energy data into greenhouse gas emissions data,” Jonathon said, indicating he’d be interested in greenhouse gas reporting after graduation.
Similarly, Megan told us her interests currently lean toward sustainability consulting. “The learning process was also my favorite part. Prior to this project, I was unaware of this possible path for my future. I hope to continue being part of greenhouse gas reporting for other businesses that see the importance of lowering their carbon footprint.”