MIS is the No. 1 recycling sports facility in Michigan and among all NASCAR tracks. During the 2010 race weekends, MIS recycled 56,710 lbs of plastic bottles and aluminum cans, nearly double the 33,185 lbs recycled in 2009.
• CARFAX and MIS worked with The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program to neutralize carbon dioxide emissions caused by the speedway’s energy use during the August 2009 Show Me the CARFAX Weekend.
• Additionally, MIS offset the emissions from Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying sessions. As a result of both efforts, hundreds of native trees will be planted in Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Over 745 tons of carbon were offset between 2009 and 2010.
Michigan International Speedway has nearly 200 acres of protected wetlands. We are currently researching mitigation, restoration, educational and enhancement programs.
First professional stadium in Michigan to register for the states pollution prevention program, MBP-3.
• This voluntary partnership promotes cost effective and innovative techniques that lead to reductions in waste
Enrolled in a voluntary energy conservation program RETAP Michigan (Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program).
• RETAP Professionals conducted an on-site pollution prevention assessment
In June 2010, upon the completion of the new suite and media center along pit road at MIS, the track has become the first one on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit with a alternative energy source.
MIS’ new Pit Road Suites building completed May 2010 has approximately 8,000 square feet of solar panels along rooftop. The panels are manufactured by Michigan-based Uni-Solar.
With much of its 1,400 acres featuring a variety of forests, protected wetlands and scenic wildlife reminiscent of the Irish Hills, Michigan International Speedway is no stranger to conservation efforts.
MIS is expanding those efforts with initiatives which further enhance its commitment to the “Great Escape – National Park” atmosphere that race fans and staff have enjoyed for years. Additionally, these steps are helping achieve the track’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.
Programs that MIS has taken part in voluntarily to help reduce pollution, lower energy usage and reduce costs:
• Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3)
• Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)