NHMS Takes on "Green" Challenge
New Hampshire Motor Speedway turned over a new “green” leaf during the 2011 season, with the help of Waste Management, the speedway worked to manage and reduce waste while recovering valuable resources and creating renewable energy.
“The Magic Mile” and Waste Management reached several milestones this year on their way to a “greener” environment. Exactly what is the speedway saving?
So far, the track has saved 180,211 kW of power which is enough to provide energy to 15 homes for a year. The speedway recycled 1,266 gallons of oil, which can heat and cool 15 houses for an entire year. 84,000 gallons of fresh water was saved, that’s enough to meet the daily needs of 93 people for a year. The speedway has also planted 144 mature trees on property, which is enough to produce 1,784,100 sheets of newspaper.
“NHMS is going above and beyond the standard recycling efforts traditionally seen in the area,” said Jaren Naef of Waste Management. “They have started many new programs to help with their sustainability goals, including Single Stream Recycling, metal recycling, tire recycling, wood recycling, plastics, glass, paper and much more. There is a lot of time and effort put into running a race at the speedway, thousands of race fans are on site for days at a time, all generating massive amounts of waste. NHMS and WM have developed a comprehensive recycling plan that strengthens our business partnership and helps everyone reach their sustainability goals.”
“Green” is definitely a way of life not just for the speedway, but for NASCAR as well. “Going ‘green’ is not a fad or trend; it is an important component for any business on a day to day basis. It is not only the right thing to do for the environment, but also helps reduce costs in many different areas everywhere,” Naef added.