DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- International Speedway Corporation ("ISC") is being honored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") for the outstanding recycling efforts at its International Motorsports Center, the world headquarters for ISC, NASCAR, GRAND-AM and Daytona International Speedway.
The Recycling Recognition Program award, which was presented today in a ceremony at the International Motorsports Center, recognizes ISC's broad, significant and visionary approach to insuring environmental sustainability by reducing the amount of waste that is deposited in local landfills. The International Motorsports Center, which has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") gold certification and the EPA's Energy Star certification, has a recycling rate of approximately 60 percent.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Recycling Recognition Program was developed to encourage private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida's recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020.
"We are honored to receive the Recycling Recognition Program award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection," stated ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. "Environmental sustainability is a lifelong commitment and we are excited to see further progress and improvements throughout our company. The International Motorsports Center is just one part of a comprehensive sustainability program that we are undertaking for a healthy environment."
ISC working together with NASCAR, which has the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports, has partnered with multiple organizations to successfully assist in its environmental sustainability programs. As examples, ISC in partnership with Coca-Cola, are working hand-in-hand to provide opportunities for race fans to actively participate in recycling programs. Safety-Kleen assists ISC with the recycling of event waste materials. ISC participates in the largest tree planting program in sports in partnership with UPS. Watkins Glen International and NextEra Energy have joined forces to launch a windmill project that will create a lasting renewable energy resource for the area. Also, our Michigan International Speedway has a new solar-powered building that is among the largest U.S. producers of green energy in American sports. For more information on ISC's environmental sustainability programs, please visit ISC Green Flag Team at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com/Paving-The-Way/Going-Green.aspx.
"The International Speedway Corporation's recycling efforts and comprehensive sustainability program are both great things for Florida's environment," said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. "I am pleased to highlight ISC's efforts with this recognition award, which shows that major companies throughout Florida are taking recycling and sustainability seriously."
The Recycling Business Assistance Center at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection assists in the development of markets for recyclable materials. For more information on the new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling.
International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern California(SM) near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 Raceway(SM) near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami Speedway(SM) in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.
The Company also owns and operates Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network and Americrown Service Corporation(SM), a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise. In addition, the Company has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.
International Speedway Corporation
As the leading promoter of motorsports themed entertainment, International Speedway Corporation is not only committed to providing its fans, sanction bodies, competitors, and stakeholders with the best event experiences, but also to the constant search for best sustainable partnerships and business practices.
International Speedway Corporation – Headquarters Building – LEED Certified
In December of 2010, ISC announced its corporate headquarters building, the International Motorsports Center, had achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") gold certification. LEED-certified buildings lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, are healthier and safer for occupants and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
As the Official Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Solution Provider of NASCAR, Eaton's partnership includes the installation of Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at the International Motorsports Center.
Tree Planting Program
International Speedway Corporation participates in the largest tree planting program in sports through the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program in partnership with NASCAR, UPS, and the Arbor Day Foundation. The program committed to planting 90 trees in every race market as well as support Florida's reforestation project.
At Track Sustainability Programs
Auto Club Speedway of Southern California
- Speedway Trains - In partnership with the local rail authority, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California and Metrolink received grant funding from the South Coast Air Quality District specifically for major event venues within their district that are not served by regular public transit services and experience high levels of traffic congestion during events.
- Sewer Treatment Plant - 6.2 million gallons of sewer and waste water generated by Auto Club Speedway of Southern California is diverted to California Steel Industries. They use the water for the cooling process of steel manufacturing, and then dispose of the water through their industrial waste procedures.
Michigan International Speedway
- Green Venues Michigan Leader Certification by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG)
- More than 900+ tons of construction materials have been recycled.
- First professional sports venue to join the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3) and Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)
- Maintains approximately 200 acres of protected wetland in and around the facility.
- New solar-powered building is one of the largest U.S. producers of green energy in American sports. The sun-powered, 31-suite building and track media center is outfitted with approx. 8,000-square feet of solar panels across the rooftop that generates about 70,000 kw per hour - enough energy to power 439 fluorescent light bulbs, 79 incandescent light bulbs, 175 laptop computers, 19 desktop computers and 26 refrigerators.
ISC, in partnership with Coca-Cola, work hand-in-hand to provide opportunities for fans to actively participate in recycling programs. Specially designed receptacles in conjunction with appropriate messaging, encourage race fans to recycle used cans and bottles.
- 4.2 Million Containers Recycled
- 9,632 Collection Bins Placed Throughout ISC Facilities
- 147,000 Pounds Of Recycled Containers (roughly the weight of 43 NASCAR cars)
As the official track side environment service provider of ISC, Safety-Kleen has successfully assisted International Speedway Corporation facilities with the recycling of event waste materials such as oil, oil filters, absorbent, fuel, oily water, aerosol cans, and paint waste.
- 146,650 Pounds of Used Oil Recycled
- 25,410 Gallons of Waste Fuel Recycled
Future Sustainability Programs
Watkins Glen International and NextEra Energy have joined forces to launch a windmill project that will create a lasting renewable energy resource for the area. Approximately 50 turbines will be installed over the next two years. Each tower is capable of powering 2,900 homes annually.
Darlington Raceway and Clemson University have partnered together to grow switchgrass on speedway grounds, which will later be used in production of bio-fuels.
NASCAR Green Partnerships
NASCAR has the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports. NASCAR has the world's largest solar-powered sports facility, a tree planting program capturing 100% of the emissions produced by on-track racing, and the largest recycling program in sports with Coca-Cola Recycling, Coors Light, Safety-Kleen and Creative Recycling.
2013 Sustainability Partnerships
Green Earth Technologies
NextEra Energy Resources
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