In a few short days, one of the largest events in the world, Super Bowl LI, will kick off in Houston, Texas. Capitalizing on this iconic event, the NFL and Verizon teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave a positive “green” legacy in and around the host communities.
On a beautiful afternoon in January, team members of the Verizon and NFL Green teams, volunteered together to plant trees near Bastrop State Park in central Texas. This collaborative Super Bowl LI initiative between Verizon, the NFL, and the Arbor Day Foundation will result in the planting of 12,000 loblolly trees in areas affected by Texas’ worst wildfires.
The tree plantings are part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program, which accelerates recovery of the Lost Pines ecosystem. The Arbor Day Foundation has committed to replanting four million trees in Bastrop. That commitment, which is in its final year, was embarked upon to help bring healing and regrowth to the area from the devastating fires.
This is the second time the NFL and Verizon have teamed with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees at Bastrop. Following the NFL Draft last spring, 2,530 trees were planted in honor of the 2016 draft picks. Ten trees were planted for each new player welcomed to the NFL Family.
As you dip into some nachos or queso, grab your beverage of choice, or watch the infamous commercials during Super Bowl LI, please remember your own environmental impact, and how you too can leave a positive “green” legacy in your community.