Kentucky Speedway and NASCAR "Green Clean Air" Tree Planting Benefits Kenton Co. School District
Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey and Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger ceremoniously planted one of 50 NASCAR “Green Clean Air” Program trees donated to the Kenton Co. School District Edgewood Campus at Turkey Foot Middle School at 3230 Turkeyfoot Rd., in Edgewood, Ky.
NASCAR’s “Green Clean Air” tree planting program was implemented to capture carbon produced by on-track activity and partners with venues to donate 10 trees for every green flag waved during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. Kentucky Speedway’s June 30 Quaker State 400 witnessed five green flags before Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag.
Kentucky Speedway designated the Edgewood Campus, made up of Turkey Foot Middle School, James A. Caywood Elementary School and the Academy of Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering, as the beneficiary of the annual tree donation.
“Students at Turkey Foot are learning about the importance of planting trees as a way to offset the production of carbon. Students also evaluated the landscaping on the school grounds from an environmental perspective and learned how changes in the landscaping could offset carbon while also enhancing the energy efficiency of the school,” Cox-Cruey explained.
The NASCAR “Green Clean Air” was founded in 2007 to inform NASCAR fans while minimizing environmental effects of the sport through partnerships with race teams, official partners and tracks.
“I am excited to welcome the Kentucky Speedway and NASCAR ‘Green Clean Air’ Program to the Kenton County School District. Energy management is a critical component of the Kenton County School District’s mission to prepare students to be productive members of our community,” Cox-Cruey added.
She reports the district has avoided more than $4,000,000 in energy costs since its energy management program began in 2007. Savings were achieved through the student E=WISE2 program, an Energy Savings Performance Contract, and three high-performance energy buildings: Twenhofel Middle School, Caywood Elementary and Turkey Foot Middle School, which is powered by the largest electric producing solar array installed in Kentucky and puts electricity back on the grid.
Kentucky Speedway opens its 14th season with a NASCAR tripleheader weekend that features the Quaker State 400 on June 29. Racing begins on June 27 with the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 and continues with the June 28 Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300.
Season tickets and campsites for the 2013 Kentucky Speedway campaign can be purchased online at https://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, calling (859) 578-2300 or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Kentucky Highway 35.
More About the Kenton County School District Management Program
The Kenton Co. School District Management Program recognizes the need to develop a future labor force capable of meeting the anticipated demand for “green collar” jobs over the next 20 years. The 18 Kenton County schools that partner with ENERGY STAR, the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS) and the Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project (KY NEED) analyze, track and benchmark energy performance in order to reduce energy consumption by staff, students and the public.
More About the NASCAR Green Clean Air Program
NASCAR has the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all sports consisting of:
• Oil Recycling and re-refining
• Recycled tires
• Renewable fuel
• Tree Planting Program
• Wireless recycled cell phones