NASCAR joins EPA’s team to support some of the agency’s environmental initiatives. On May 22nd, NASCAR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a memorandum of understanding intended to raise racing fan’s awareness of energy efficient solutions and environmentally friendly products and initiatives. NASCAR has agreed to use products that have earned EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) label at its racing events. The Design for the Environment label is given to products that perform well, are cost effective, and safer for the environment. (DfE) The goal of the agreement is to show fans the benefits of DfE products and encourage fans to choose them in their daily life. If fans embrace these environment friendly products, then the hope is that they will more likely implement other environment and energy saving ideas for their home and business.
As part of the agreement, NASCAR is also encouraging its suppliers to follow the advice of the EPA’s E3 program. The E3 program (Economy, Energy, and the Environment) promotes sustainable manufacturing and US economic growth through partnering with NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Centers and state experts with support from local Workforce Investment Boards and Small Business Development Centers.
According to the E3 website, the program teams conduct customized, hands-on assessments of production processes on factory floors and provide a list of recommendations intended to streamline industrial processes, increase profitability and improve overall environmental and energy efficiency. The website also has a handbook for anyone potentially interested in an E3 project to see what the project might look like step-by-step.
The agreement with the EPA is just another step in NASCAR’s green movement. Back in 2011, NASCAR switched to Sunoco’s Green E15 fuel blend, which is made with 15 percent ethanol. In an attempt to strengthen its management of renewable energy capacity, NASCAR installed solar panels along the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. These panels are expected to produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours of energy between 2010 and 2030. The system includes a 3-MW ground mount which consists of 40,000 photovoltaic modules spread over 25 acres of land. NASCAR also works with Coca-Cola Recycling, Coors Light, Safety-Kleen and Creative Recycling on the largest recycling program in sports. Finally, NASCAR has also announced a carbon offset program that will offset 100 percent of the emissions produced by on-track racing.