NFL Green, Ocean Conservancy and The Everglades Foundation Join the Host Committee to Help Reduce the Environmental Impact of Super Bowl and Create a Sustainable Legacy across South Florida
Miami Super Bowl Host Committee today announced the launch of Ocean to Everglades (O2E), the Super Bowl LIV environmental initiative in partnership with NFL Green, Ocean Conservancy and The Everglades Foundation. The collective mission of the initiative is to build a resilience of South Florida’s communities by enhancing the connectivity between residents and the natural environment that surrounds the tri-county region.
“Super Bowl LIV provides a platform and an opportunity to connect and engage our community and all sports fans around a critical global priority – the preservation of our environment,” said Rodney Barreto, Chairman, Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. “With the launch of our very own O2E initiative, we aim to do our part to reduce the environmental impact around Super Bowl events and promote sustainability around the unique confluence of ocean and land-based issues found in South Florida.”
O2E celebrates the unique environmental communities in South Florida, focusing on solutions that address the critical issues facing the health of the ocean and the Everglades. The Committee aims to reduce environmental impact of Super Bowl LIV and leave a positive and sustainable legacy long after the final whistle of the Game on February 2, 2020. The initiative will focus on the following key objectives: reduce waste, mitigate environmental impacts and create green legacy.
“The ocean and the Everglades are an integral part of my life and the lives of all South Floridians,” said Mike Zimmer, President, Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. “Naturally, as we prepared to host our record-breaking 11th Super Bowl, we knew the preservation of our unique ecosystem would be a big focus for us, and we are incredibly proud to kick off an initiative that enhances the connectivity between our residents and the natural environment that surrounds the tri-county region, and builds resilience across South Florida’s communities leaving a green legacy for years to come.”
The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee created an environmental council lead by Eric Eikenberg, CEO of Everglades Foundation, to help drive O2E efforts and join forces with NFL Green’s overall environmental program to ensure impactful and measurable results that leave a positive “green” legacy in South Florida beyond the game.
“We are thrilled and proud to launch a comprehensive program tailored to South Florida’s unique ocean and land-based environmental needs,” said Eikenberg. “With expectations for environmental stewardship at an all-time high among sporting venues and teams, Super Bowl LIV’s O2E will establish a new level of performance and accountability for future host cities.”
Leveraging the expertise of the committee and partnerships, the initiative will come to life in a series of activations and events across South Florida leading up to Super Bowl LIV across South Florida. The O2E activities will be guided by four pillars: plastics, coastal protection, habitat and education.
From beach clean-ups and coral reef planting community projects to Everglades excursions and student fishing trips, the O2E initiative aims to create long-lasting and sustainable impact by bringing together expert organizations and inviting them to be a part of Super Bowl LIV and its legacy.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Mayor Gimenez joined the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee for the launch of O2E at a press conference at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center. Barreto and Eikenberg shared the details of the initiative and unveiled the renderings for Super Bowl LIVE’s Environmental Village. The interactive, experiential space will bring together partners, sponsors, and the community and serve as the culmination of the O2E initiative.
NFL Green’s Jack and Susan Groh provided the overarching Super Bowl environmental goals driving the O2E efforts and Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium Vice-Chair, President and CEO Tom Garfinkel celebrated the program and shared details on the stadium’s efforts and commitment to sustainability, and how it aligns with the O2E mission. Finally, to hit the ground running, Emily Woglom from Ocean Conservancy concluded the press conference and invited the community to be part of the first O2E Beach Cleanup following the announcement at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
“As the Ocean Partner for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, we are thrilled that the environment will be the legacy project of Super Bowl. Florida is an ocean and coastal state, and we are excited to bring the ocean to Super Bowl LIV and to the millions of Americans who follow this event,” said Woglom, Executive Vice President of Ocean Conservancy. “A healthy ocean and thriving coasts are the features that make Miami – and all of Florida – such a special place. Ocean Conservancy is ready to work alongside local partners to tackle ocean plastic, highlight Florida’s amazing fish and ocean wildlife, and to empower residents, visitors, companies and elected officials to make smart ocean choices that will leave a legacy of ocean conservation in South Florida long after the Super Bowl departs.”
The O2E initiative expands on the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee’s partnership recently announced with Ocean Conservancy, it incorporates efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem and magnifies the NFL Green’s environmental sustainability work around Super Bowl LIV.
About the Super Bowl Environmental Program
The Super Bowl Environmental Program is part of the NFL’s sustainability platform. Carried out in partnership with the local Super Bowl Host Committee and Verizon, the program aims to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave a positive, “green” legacy in host communities. These efforts include food recovery and distribution, recycling and solid waste management, recovery and donation of event and building materials, urban forestry projects and the use of “green energy” to power events, a public E-Waste Recycling Rally and Super Kids-Super Sharing, a Super Bowl community initiative that works to put books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of local children.
The NFL has incorporated environmental projects into the management of Super Bowl for more than 25 years. These environmental projects are part of a larger program of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community.
About Ocean Conservancy
Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, please visit www.oceanconservancy.org
About The Everglades Foundation
The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. For more information, please visit EvergladesFoundation.org.
About Miami Super Bowl Host Committee
The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee brings together our community’s top local business leaders, community representatives, tourism officials and football personnel around a common cause – making Super Bowl LIV a historic experience both for visitors and for locals across South Florida. On February 2, 2020, South Florida will host its record-breaking 11th game at the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium. Additionally, Super Bowl LIV will mark the culmination of the 100th season anniversary of the NFL and will feature special events and activities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties as part of the festivities. For more information, visit www.MIASBLIV.com.