For more than 25 years the National Football League has worked in each Super Bowl host community with local partners to develop and implement a wide array of sustainability projects. These environmental projects are part of the NFL’s broader community impact efforts aimed to leave a positive legacy in each Super Bowl host community.

The Super Bowl Environmental Program is part of the NFL’s sustainability platform. Carried out in partnership with the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, the program aims to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave a positive, “green” legacy. These efforts include food recovery and distribution, recycling and solid waste management, urban forestry projects, material recovery and donation and the use of “green energy” to power events.

Having two LEED-certified venues within the footprint of Super Bowl LIII underscores Atlanta’s commitment to being a resilient and sustainable city. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the first sports stadium in the world to achieve a LEED Platinum designation and the Georgia World Congress Center is the largest convention center in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Food Recovery Partners 

  • Second Helpings Atlanta
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Goodr

Urban Forestry Projects 

Over a dozen projects that include tree plantings, community gardens and pollinator habitats are slated for Atlanta as part of Legacy 53. NFL Green, Verizon, The Host Committee, Trees Atlanta all play a role in planning and carrying out the projects. 

Super Kids Super Sharing 

Atlanta hosted the 20th annual Super Kids Super Sharing event on Thursday, January 17, leading into Super Bowl Week. Over 40,000 school supplies and sports items were collected and redistributed to local organizations in need. More than 100 Georgia schools participated in the donation efforts.

Super Bowl LIII E-Waste Recycling Rally

The Host Committee teamed up with the National Football League, Verizon and Zoo Atlanta for a Super Bowl project that helps protect animal habitats. On Saturday, January 19, the first 250 families bringing in items received a gift bag, and all who dropped off items received a discount on Zoo admission. The rally resulted in 42,446 pounds of e-waste collected – the highest Super Bowl recovery ever!