A Green Speedbowl
The Waterford Speedbowl is committed to being more socially responsible when it comes to the environment with various programs thanks to NASCAR and local community organizations. Together we can fuel a greener Connecticut.
The Waterford Speedbowl participated in the 2011 NASCAR Green Clean Air program, which plants ten trees for each green flag that drops during races, capturing 100 percent of the carbon produced by the on-track racing at the events. The program debuted at eleven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race tracks in 2009 and planted more than 1,000 trees in 2010. With its expansion to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2011, the program now encompasses more than 20 tracks nationwide and is now considered the largest tree planting program in sports. Trees are often purchased from MEBEWEBE (vendors with minority and women-owned business certification) nurseries to help support local diverse merchants. The Waterford Speedbowl held their NASCAR Green Clean Air event on Saturday, August 13, 2011 during the 35-lap SK Modified Feature. The event saw 7 green flags for the SK Modifieds, which counted for 70 trees. Those counts, along with counts from Stafford Speedway and Thompson Speedway (All in Connecticut) allowed for 100 trees to be planted in the Springfield, Massachusetts area to help rebuild the city after a rare tornado struck in the spring of 2011. For more information please visit green.nascar.com
The cooking oil from Waterford Speedbowl is converted into clean burning Bio-diesel to heat homes and power vehicles throughout Connecticut. Bio-diesel is a renewable, non-toxic locally produced fuel that can be used in any diesel engine or oil furnace. By participating in this program, we will help prevent over 5 million pounds of CO2 emission this year. Waterford Speedbowl is working to preserve the environment in a partnership with Newport Biodiesel. Newport Biodiesel is committed to a model of local collection of waste vegetable oil, local production of biodiesel and local distribution to homes and business throughout the state. For more information please visit www.newportbiodiesel.com
Waterford Speedbowl is actively involved in helping racers with the recycling of used motor oil, tires, batteries, metal and other harmful motorsports products that could damage the environment if not disposed of properly. All of these services are provided to teams at no charge. Further more, the Waterford Speedbowl management team and staff take all measures to recycle paper and other office material. Following each racing event, recyclable cans and bottles are removed from trash and under the grandstands. Food service breaks down and recycles all paper and plastic products for more efficient recycling, which also helps reduce costs on trash removal.
Waterford Speedbowl has been working hard on moving towards a paperless management and communication system. With available digital communication tools like Speedbowl.com, Facebook, Twitter and Speedbowl.com/Mobile, our fans and teams are seeing the need to no longer have multiple papers of information to go racing on a regular night. No longer printing division rule books, all rules are available online and quickly accessible from a teams mobile device at the track on raceday. Media personnel are able to gather all information including race reports, updated points, feature finishes and more without the need of a print out from race control. The Waterford Speedbowl detailed race schedule printing has been reduced by 73% since moving to the Speedbowl’s mobile website for quick access. No longer are their printers located in the pits at official towers to print points, race results and lap times; now all quickly available on Speedbowl.com/Mobile. In the office, Speedbowl management continues to find ways of taking information on paper and moving them to digital copies with driver registrations, paperless invoices and payments, and other important business material. This continuing effort has lead to reducing the amount of filing cabinets in the track office and has greatly reduced paper consumption and costs.