(Posted Fri. Apr 19th, 2013)
Apr. 19: In honor of Earth Day, racing season shifts gears this April to focus national attention on environmental awareness with the NASCAR RACE TO GREEN™ campaign. As part of this effort, American Ethanol is joining NASCAR in further bolstering the industry’s sustainability efforts to help reduce the sport’s carbon footprint.
Over the course of April, the RACE TO GREEN campaign is hosting a National Tree Planting initiative for in which industry partners and fans can participate. Racing teams, tracks, drivers, partners and fans are encouraged to pledge to plant a tree – or several - on Earth Day, Monday, April 22 to help offset carbon emissions produced over the three national series over the season. Through the course of one mature tree’s lifetime, it absorbs about one metric ton of carbon dioxide - the same amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a NASCAR Sprint Cup™ car driving 500 miles.
American Ethanol has pledged to plant a tree for every mile raced in April. With almost 4,000 miles fuels by Sunoco Green E15 over the month, the 4,000 trees planted will be enough to offset the carbon emissions of all the miles driven on American-made ethanol in practices and qualifying laps.
“American Ethanol shares the commitment of NASCAR to operate sustainably and do our part to protect and preserve the environment,” said National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Jon Holzfaster, a farmer from Paxton, Neb. “Farmers manage their farms every day with the tandem goals of making a profit but doing it in a way that is better for the environment. So we are proud to expand our commitment to NASCAR Green.”
NASCAR RACE TO GREEN invites fans to join in and pledge trees that will be planted across the country, particularly in areas recently devastated by natural disasters. Just visit www.NASCAR.com/green to donate and for every dollar given a sapling will be planted in a stricken area.