TUCSON, AZ – (November 30, 2022) – The National Football League’s (NFL) Environmental Program, NFL Green, and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee teamed up with Tucson Clean and Beautiful and the City of Tucson to plant 100 trees in Tucson’s El Rio Acres neighborhood. This west Tucson neighborhood is ranked as a high priority action area by the City of Tucson’s Climate Action and Adaptation plan, based on extreme heat vulnerability. It currently has less than 7% tree canopy. Planting 100 desert shade trees throughout the neighborhood will increase shade canopy coverage and help to cool the area. More shade from trees means that less heat radiated from the sun gets trapped in the concrete and asphalt of the built environment and results in direct cooling. That’s critical as the city combats climate change in the arid southwest. The project is one of a dozen community greening projects being implemented throughout Arizona for Super Bowl LVII.