With Miami hosting Super Bowl LIV in February 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to ensure it doesn’t hurt the environment in South Florida.
On Monday, DeSantis teamed up with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee as they kick off Ocean to Everglades (O2E), a partnership “between the host committee, NFL Green, Ocean Conservancy and the Everglades Foundation to raise awareness and reduce the environmental impact of the Super Bowl.”
“Florida is prime for marquee sporting events and we are honored to host the Super Bowl in Miami next year,” said DeSantis. “However, hosting such an event is a tremendous undertaking with great responsibility. Preserving our environment is important to many Floridians, especially in South Florida, so I am thankful to the host committee and the partners involved in this initiative for putting a plan in place to ensure that our environment will be safeguarded from our oceans to the Everglades.”
The governor’s office noted that the National Football League (NFL) has been working on similar projects like this for more than two decades.
“The NFL has incorporated environmental projects into the management of the 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,” DeSantis’ office noted. “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.”