Henrico County Schools Receive 70 Trees Through NASCAR's Green Clean Air Project

Trees Will Help Neutralize Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Track president Doug Fritz (second from left) and representatives from Henrico County Public Schools broke ground on the tree project this morning.

In an effort to help neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway are teaming up with Henrico County Public Schools for the racing series’ Green Clean Air tree planting project—one of the newest pro-environment community outreach programs developed by America’s most popular motorsport.

The NASCAR Green Clean Air tree planting initiative plants 10 trees for every green flag that waves during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. There were seven green flags waved at the May 1st Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400 and 70 trees are being planted at Henrico County Public Schools. The NASCAR Clean Air conservation program neutralizes the carbon produced by race events.

Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz and Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Russo broke ground on the tree planting today at John Rolfe Middle School, where seven trees were planted. Additional trees will be planted at Carver Elementary, Colonial Trail Elementary, Fairfield Middle, Hermitage High, Maybeury Elementary, Nuckols Farm Elementary, Pinchbeck Elementary, Pocahontas Middle and Three Chopt Elementary schools.

“Environmental awareness is a top priority at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “Today’s green clean air tree planting project will be added to an environment-friendly list that includes recycling in our grandstands and parking lots, a host of green cleaning products, utility conservation processes and battery recycling, among others.”

“NASCAR is proud to present the NASCAR Green Clean Air program on behalf of all of our stakeholders to help neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and to give back in a very real way to the local race market community,” said NASCAR’s Managing Director of Green Innovations Mike Lynch. “We are looking forward to continuing this program in 2011 and beyond.”

The trees used for this program were purchased locally from Watkins Nurseries in Midlothian.
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