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Are you ready for Super Grow XLV?

Seedling fresh for planting.

Seedling fresh for planting. Credit: Handout

Sure, you're all wrapped up the game, but how many of you have heard of the other main event, the Super Grow? Did you even know the NFL has an official environmental program that works with host communities to offset the environmental impact of the Super Bowl? 

Think about the thousands of cars converging on the area and the pollution they produce, plus all the trash generated (fliers, food containers, cups, etc.) at the game and the events that surround it. 

The program sets up recycling stations around the stadium, coordinates efforts to donate leftover food and materials, and tries to offset energy consumption before, during and after the event.

This year, the program has partnered with the Texas Trees Foundation, the Texas Forest Service and landscape company Moore Tree Care to plant 6,500 trees across the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- at schools, golf courses, parks, traffic medians and other public spots. And -- chalk it up to everything being bigger in Texas -- this year's planting effort is the biggest in Super Bowl history.

In addition to the plantings, which have been underway since June, some 500 seedlings were given away at a school in each of 12  communities. 

I've  never been much of a football fan, but I'm starting to appreciate the game. Maybe we should start a campaign to bring the Super Bowl to Long Island.

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