ABOUT NASCAR GREEN
NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to protect the environment.
- Since 2008, NASCAR Green has been collaborating with key stakeholders that care deeply about sustainability, including its teams, tracks, partners, employees and fans.
- Through strategic partnerships, NASCAR and its stakeholders are reducing the sport’s environmental impact, validating green technologies and educating fans.
- NASCAR Green was launched because it is the right thing to do for our country, our climate and our fans.
- NASCAR’s championing of sustainable behavior aligns with NASCAR fan values
Recycling & Waste Diversion
- A comprehensive recycling effort has accounted for approximately 120,000 Goodyear tires recycled across NASCAR’s top three national series each year
- NASCAR Official Green Partner, Liberty Tire keeps NASCAR’s discarded tires out of landfills and transforms them into sustainable products that improve people’s lives
- As a major contributor to NASCAR’s recycling efforts, Safety-Kleen provides its oil recycling and re-refining services to more than 200 NASCAR-sanctioned races a year
- Since entering the sport, Safety-Kleen has collected enough race used oil to power the Empire State Building for more than one year
- Safety-Kleen collects and re-refines more than 200,000 gallons of NASCAR oil at tracks and team shops a year, avoiding more than 1,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions – equal to carbon sequestered in more than 39,000 trees
- Through collaboration with Coca-Cola and Coors Light, NASCAR has recycled more than 25 million bottles and cans thanks to designated bins in the grandstands, concourse, suites, garage, and campgrounds at almost every track NASCAR visits
- Teams such as Roush Fenway Racing recycle as much as 96 percent of each race car
- Spring 2015, NASCAR piloted a compost and food donation program at Richmond International Raceway. The pilot program resulted in over 5.4 tons of food going to compost and over 1,000 meals donated to the hungry.
NASCAR Green Clean Air Program
- Since the program’s debut in 2009, NASCAR has planted enough trees offset carbon emissions for all NASCAR national series racing for the past five years, plus the next 40 years
- The NASCAR Green Clean Air Program has resulted in more than 370,000 trees being planted across the country, including in areas affected by natural disasters
- A majority of the trees have been planted in areas in need of forestation and are monitored throughout their maturation by organizations like the Arbor Day Foundation and the Virginia Department of Forestry & U.S. Forest Service.
- NASCAR Green also launched the first digital tree planting effort in sports offering fans the opportunity to donate a tree in an area of need across the U.S.
- One mature tree over the course of its lifetime absorbs about one metric ton of carbon dioxide. That is roughly the same amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a NASCAR Sprint Cup car driving 500 miles.
- In 2011, NASCAR’s groundbreaking partnership with Sunoco and American Ethanol prompted the launch of a long-term bio-fuels program across its three national touring series.
- To propel its race vehicles, NASCAR uses a biofuel, Sunoco Green E15 – a 15 percent ethanol blend bio-fuel, made from American-grown corn – reducing greenhouse emissions by 20 percent while increasing horsepower
- Since 2011, NASCAR has successfully run more than seven million tough competition miles, validating that the bio-fuel is safe, reliable and viable for millions of NASCAR fans across the country
- Seven million miles is the equivalent of nearly 30 trips from the earth to the moon or 281 laps around the earth
- Sunoco manufactures, acquires, and / or processes all components that make up Sunoco Green E15 at its ethanol plant in Fulton, N.Y.
Many NASCAR teams and tracks rely on solar power as an energy source, including: Daytona International Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Roush Fenway Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports
- Pocono Raceway owns one of the largest renewable energy stadium projects in the world
- Pocono Raceway’s 3MW Solar Farm is the track’s primary electric energy source while powering more than 250 homes (lowering CO2 emissions by 2,370 metric tons annually)
NASCAR Collaborates with Reputable Organizations that Work to Protect the Environment
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NASCAR have worked together for the last four years focusing on three specific areas: E3, Safer Choice and Carbon Equivalencies.
- NASCAR Green E3 Challenge is in its third year – with challenges hosted in N.C., V.A. and P.A.
- The NASCAR carbon calculator receive over 48,000 views in just seven days and with the revamp of EPA’s Safer Choice program
- Department of Energy (DOE) and NASCAR collaborate on advancing the adoption of clean energy technologies. Specifically, NASCAR has deployed Eaton EV charging stations for employee use at its corporate office locations in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Concord, N.C., and Charlotte, N.C.
- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and NASCAR work to promote energy efficiency at NASCAR-sanctioned racing facilities as well as NASCAR corporate facilities. The two entities work together to educate NASCAR fans about the benefits of renewable energy and promote healthy food options in collaboration with concessionaires at NASCAR-sanctioned racing facilities.
- Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and NASCAR partnered to sign a voluntary, 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines VDOF’s commitment to pledge trees throughout a number of state forests to help offset the carbon footprint of fans attending all NASCAR-sanctioned races across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Arbor Day Foundation and NASCAR have focused on putting trees back into areas of devastation for the last three years, planting hundreds of thousands of trees together.
NASCAR’s Championing of Sustainable Behavior to Millions of Fans Align with NASCAR Fan Values
- According to a 2014 study, when compared to non-fans, NASCAR fans are:
- Approximately twice as likely to indicate their household is very green – always looking for new ways to positively impact the environment
- More than +75% more likely to support the use of ethanol blended with gasoline to fuel NASCAR cars
- More than +75% more likely to support the use of ethanol blended with gasoline to fuel their own car
- More than +50% more likely to support the use of ethanol blended with gasoline to fuel cars on the road today to increase U.S. energy independence
- More than +25% more likely to recognize ethanol as a renewable source of energy
NASCAR Race to Green
- NASCAR Race to Green™, an annual initiative focused during Earth Week galvanizes teams, tracks, drivers, Official NASCAR Partners, and most importantly fans.
- The efforts put forth in 2014 resulted in more than 300,000 trees being planted across the country through NASCAR’s digital tool.
- In 2015, NASCAR Race To Green resulted in more than 10,000 fans learning their carbon footprint through NASCAR’s carbon calculator tool developed in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency.
- NASCAR is committed to educating fans on how their daily habits affect the environment.