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SMI Waves Green Flag on Environment
At Speedway Motorsports, Inc., going green doesn’t just mean the drop of the flag, it is a companywide commitment to reducing material use, recycling materials, tires and oil, improving air and water quality and decreasing energy and water consumption. In fact, SMI’s Green Globe program, launched in 2011, has already delivered a dramatic improvement in the company’s environmental track-print.
SMI operates eight of the country’s largest sporting facilities, including Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA; Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN; Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC; Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA; Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY; Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV; New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH; Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX.
“All of the SMI facilities have created unique programs to reduce waste, save energy and recycle materials, and we’ve used that learning to benchmark their processes for the entire organization,” said Marcus Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “We’ve been able to make great strides in improving our environmental footprint – or track-print — and look forward to continuing to decrease our energy use, increase our recycling and expand our use of environmentally friendly products.
The SMI Green Globe initiatives include:
- During all NASCAR events, a single stream recycling unit is used throughout the property, including the suites, grandstands, campgrounds and parking lots.
- Recycled tires are used for creating rubber-based asphalt and playground padding
- Recycled plastics are used as trash can liners throughout the company
- Concession stands and vendors use biodegradable paper trays and liners. 90% of the cups used are made from recycled or biodegradable materials.
- All suite paper products are made from recycled or biodegradable materials; from napkins and paper plates to toilet paper and paper towels
- SMI tracks have partnered with Coca-Cola to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
At-Track Recycling Per Season
- Aluminum – 9,963 lbs.
- Cardboard & Paper – 4 tons
- Glass – 9,209 lbs.
- Plastics – 9,549 lbs.
- Steel – 25,920 lbs.
- Tires – 14,000
Safety-Kleen Oil Recycling
- Safety-Kleen aids each SMI Track with oil recycling:
- Atlanta – 3,000 gallons recycled per year
- Bristol – 5,000 gallons recycled per year
- Charlotte – 15,000 gallons recycled per year
- Infineon – 6,500 gallons recycled per year
- Kentucky – 2,500 gallons recycled per year
- Las Vegas – 8,000 gallons recycled per year
- New Hampshire – 3,000 gallons recycled per year
- Texas – 5,000 gallons recycled per year
- Infineon Raceway has partnered with Panasonic to install a major solar-electric-power-generating system with nearly 1,700 solar panels with a capacity of more than 350 kilowatts that accounts for over 41% of Infineon Raceway’s energy use.
- Infineon has installed a new dual-sided, 100% solar powered LED display board.
Green Payroll System
- In 2012, SMI’s Corporate Office implemented the first paperless payroll system. Absolutely NO paper is used. Payroll Reports are available online to view, print and/or save electronically. Employee Vouchers (paycheck copies) are available to the employees online (24 hours prior to pay date) for viewing – or printing, if necessary. VERY GREEN and cost effective!
- Over the next several months, SMI tracks will be transitioning to this new paperless system.
Environmentally Friendly Products
- SMI tracks have implemented the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- Biodegradable soaps and cleaners are used at SMI tracks.
- SMI tracks are in the process of changing all diesel mowers to propane.
- Amyris is proud to contribute renewable diesel to fuel Infineon Raceway’s operations. Amyris is an integrated renewable products company focused on providing sustainable alternatives to a broad range of petroleum-sourced products.
- Geothermal energy is used to power the Media Center and Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- Atlanta Motor Speedway changed all bulbs to T-8 fluorescent bulbs.
- Atlanta, Charlotte, Las Vegas, New Hampshire and Texas Motor Speedways use LED track lighting for Holiday light shows.
- Infineon Raceway is home to 3,000 sheep, which help to maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the facility without the use of gas-powered mowers.
- Waterless urinals are used which reduce water consumption by 36%.
- Treat waste water.
- Liquid fertilizer is used to keep the water shed uncontaminated.
- Charlotte Motor Speedway strategically placed ponds on property to catch excess dirt that would normally flow into local streams and rivers.
- Infineon Raceway has featured TTXGP electric motorcycle races as part of its motorcycle race weekend since 2010.
About Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. The Company also equally owns Motorsports Authentics, a joint venture formed with International Speedway Corporation to produce market and sell licensed motorsports merchandise.