MIS and NASCAR donate 45 trees to Adrian, Mich.
Michigan International Speedway continues to be at the forefront in its stewardship of environment all season long. And now, MIS and NASCAR are looking to extend that beyond the racetrack.
MIS and NASCAR have donated 45 trees to the community of Adrian, Mich., as part of the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program Delivered by UPS.
Another 45 trees will be planted at MIS.
“MIS, NASCAR and all of our partners share a strong commitment to preserving the environment and operating in an environmentally responsible way,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The trees will also help to beautify MIS and Adrian, as well as serve as a useful teaching tool.”
The combined 90 trees will be housed and cared for by students of Lenawee Intermediate School District Center for Sustainability for the Future, who will nurture the trees until they’re ready to be planted.
“They would much rather be out here doing this than in the classroom doing paperwork,” Lenawee Intermediate School District Ornamental/Horticulture instructor Don Fowler said. “These are young men and women who like to be outdoors and like to do landscaping. Many of them are going to go into the landscaping trades. It is their passion and it might be something that continues.”
Once the trees reach a healthy height, they will be planted around the City of Adrian. The citizens will be able to enjoy the trees for many years to come.
Adrian, Mich., is a Tree USA City, a designation it has held for the past 32 years. The Maple City has approximately 6,500 trees on its streets and an additional 5,000 to 8,000 trees in the parks.
Michigan International Speedway will plant the trees throughout its 1,400 acres.
The racetrack recently received the NASCAR Green Track Operator Award during the sport’s annual Green Summit. The award recognizes motorsports facilities for ongoing contributions to developing effective and sustainable green policies and practices. Besides annual tree planting, MIS is one of the largest recyclers in sports through Coca-Cola and other track partners.
The speedway has also earned its Green Venues Michigan Leader Certification by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) for its ongoing conservation efforts.
Most recently, the speedway entered a thriving partnership with Adrian College to observe and analyze its vast acres of wetlands around the track property. Adrian College students have inventoried all plant, animal and insect species in designated areas, as well as regularly conduct water studies and identify invasive plant species.
All of the track’s efforts have proved vastly important to maintaining a clean, safe and environmentally friendly facility to fans who visit MIS every year for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and other events the speedway hosts.
The NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program Delivered by UPS plants trees to absorb carbon emissions equivalent to all of the racing in NASCAR’s three national series for the entire season. One mature tree over the course of its lifetime absorbs about one metric ton of carbon dioxide, the same amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a NASCAR Sprint Cup car driving 500 miles.