Ocean To Everglades initiative
Miami, Florida provides an incomparable backdrop to connecting Super Bowl LIV to the environmental issues that connect all sports fans and venues globally. The Ocean to Everglades (O2E) Initiative is the Super Bowl LIV environmental campaign in partnership with NFL Green, Ocean Conservancy and The Everglades Foundation. Under the leadership of committee chair Eric Eikenberg, the CEO of The Everglades Foundation, O2E will focus on solutions to the critical issues facing the health of the ocean and the Everglades.
O2E hopes to leave a positive and sustainable legacy long after the final whistle of the Game on February 2, 2020. We will work to build the resiliency of South Florida communities by enhancing the connectivity between residents and the natural environment that surrounds them.
- O2E Kickoff Super Bowl Beach Cleanup: April 2019
- NFL Green Golden Shovel Ceremony: May 2019
- Coral Restoration Project: May 2019
- Community Greening: May 2019-January 2020
- International Coastal Cleanup: September 2019
- Sea Turtle Event: Fall 2019
- Everglades National Park Excursion: December 2019
- Super Kids—Super Sharing: January 2020
- Super Bowl E-Waste Recycling Rally: January 2020
- Lion Fish Derby: January 2020
- Ocean Conservancy Booth at Super Bowl Live: January-February 2020
- Kids’ Fishing Trip: January 2020
- Media Tour/Fishing Trip: January 2020
- SB LIV Prepared Food Recovery: January-February 2020
- SB LIV Material Recovery: January-February 2020
- Renewable Energy: January-February 2020
- Solid Waste Management/Recycling: January-February 2020
- Fan Engagement: February 2020
- SB LIV Reforestation/Climate Resiliency: TBD
- Highlighting South Florida Fisheries: TBD
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.
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. To learn more, please visit www.oceanconservancy.org
The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Funds raised by the Foundation are used for scientific research, advancing understanding of the Greater Everglades ecosystem and to provide grants to our conservation partners. In addition to grants, the Foundation supports necessary legal actions to help protect the Everglades. Through environmental leadership, scientific expertise and policy experience, The Everglades Foundation works to protect and restore America’s Everglades. To learn more, please visit https://evergladesfoundation.org
Ocean To Everglades Launch Event
On Monday, April 22, Governor Ron DeSantis and Mayor Carlos Gimenez joined the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee in 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 Earth Day event began with a press conference at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Nature Center followed by a community beach cleanup at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee would like to thank our partners and everyone who attended the event, including the Miami Dolphins, our board members, elected officials and the press.
We look forward to all the great O2E events leading up to Super Bowl LIV and are excited to leave a lasting green legacy in South Florida.