Think of it as a "do as we say, not as we do" scenario.

Stock-car racing organization NASCAR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are going to work together to help the environment by using NASCAR's marketing punch to push more environmentally sustainable behavior. Not addressed? Running a bunch of cars at full speed around an oval for a few hundred miles.

NASCAR and the EPA reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU), in which NASCAR will push products that have the EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) label. The racing organization will also encourage suppliers to move towards cutting energy use and use more sustainable products for manufacturing. NASCAR is also pushing for concessionaires to conserve water, cut waste and encourage recycling.

Last month, NASCAR featured its first all-electric pace car with a Ford Focus Electric at the Richmond 400. Overall, though, the cars still burn a heck of a lot of fuel.
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NASCAR and EPA Partner on Green Initiatives

Release Date: 05/21/2012

WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) signed an agreement to raise awareness of environmentally friendly products and solutions to address America's environmental challenges. Today's memorandum of understanding provides NASCAR with EPA technical assistance and environmental expertise, using EPA programs like Design for the Environment and the Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) framework, to help protect Americans' health and the environment.

"Because NASCAR is followed by millions of passionate fans and many businesses, it can be a powerful platform to raise environmental awareness, drive the adoption of safer products by more Americans, and support the growing green economy," said Jim Jones, EPA's acting assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). "The EPA and NASCAR partnership attests to the progress NASCAR has already made on environmental stewardship through greener fuel choices and multiple recycling initiatives for waste and automotive fluids, and highlights opportunities to further these efforts."

"This MOU is a great example of NASCAR's commitment to green innovation and our role as a leader in sustainability," said Steve Phelps, Chief Marketing Officer of NASCAR. "Even with the largest sustainability program in sports, NASCAR – along with our teams, tracks and partners – continues to create innovative platforms to help reduce the environmental impact of our sport."

One of the areas of focus for the partnership is promoting safer products that have earned EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) label. The Design for the Environment label helps consumers and businesses identify products that perform well, are cost-effective, and are safer for the environment. NASCAR can make a difference by using DfE products at racing events and conveying to fans that choosing DfE products is an easy choice they can make to protect the health of their families and the planet.

Another example is NASCAR's offer to encourage its suppliers to get an "E3 tuneup"-- to increase productivity, reduce the use of energy and materials, lessen environmental impacts and be better positioned to compete in the global marketplace. The E3 initiative – Economy, Energy and the Environment -- helps promote sustainable manufacturing and economic growth throughout the United States. E3 can help improve the profitability and competitiveness of these businesses, which can help create higher-paying skilled manufacturing jobs.

This MOU will pave the way for other opportunities and areas of focus for EPA and NASCAR such as sourcing more sustainable concessions at NASCAR events, expanding the use of safer chemical products, conserving water, reducing waste and promoting recycling. By working together to foster more sustainable behavior, addressing sustainability challenges and seizing on E3 opportunities, a greener NASCAR and NASCAR supplier network will have positive economic and environmental impacts that extend far beyond the racetrack.

For more information on EPA's pollution prevention programs, including the efforts with NASCAR, please visit: epa.gov/p2


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Talking to informed people, you certainly can't be speaking about yourself. You sound like a typical clueless lib who’s an expert at calling people names. I’m sure you love your hero obama and his big government putting its nose in places it doesn’t belong. You’re also so smart you don’t even know NASCAR has already been doing some things to promote “saving the planet” as you environmental extremists like to call it, such as switching to the E15 fuel a few years ago and this year they switched over to electronic fuel injection. Just think they did it without the EPAs help too. If you can’t see the EPA has an agenda with NASCAR just like they do with the coal industry you’re beyond help. Yeah right, I’m sure NASCAR wanted to get the government involved in the running of their operation and went running to the EPA and begged them to sign a deal with them too, how clueless can you be. What part of the words “sign an agreement” do you not understand? You show me an article that says NASCAR went to the EPA and asked to work out this deal and sign this document and I’ll believe you, but until then you’re just full of more propaganda as you like to call it. I just wonder how much arm twisting the EPA had to exert to get NASCAR to sign up. We all know Obama’s administration hasn’t resorted to those tactics in his last 3.5 years don’t we. LMAO Speaking of things being forced down my throat, I don’t have any control over most of it, because it comes from the environmentalist wackos who are telling me I should drive a smaller vehicle, what light bulbs to use, what dishwasher detergent we should use, they are working on running the coal industry into the ground, not getting serious about energy independence and the list goes on and on. Now Obama’s big government is getting involved in NASCAR. Oh well, you’d better enjoy it while you can, because after the Nov election your hero will be heading back to Chicago.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You sound like a typical clueless lib who’s an expert at calling people names. I’m sure you love your hero obama and his big government putting its nose in places it doesn’t belong. You’re also so smart you don’t even know NASCAR has already been doing some things to promote “saving the planet” as you environmental extremists like to call it, such as switching to the E15 fuel a few years ago and this year they switched over to electronic fuel injection. Just think they did it without the EPAs help too. If you can’t see the EPA has an agenda with NASCAR just like they do with the coal industry you’re beyond help. Yeah right, I’m sure NASCAR wanted to get the government involved in the running of their operation and went running to the EPA and begged them to sign a deal with them too, how clueless can you be. What part of the words “sign an agreement” do you not understand? You show me an article that says NASCAR went to the EPA and asked to work out this deal and sign this document and I’ll believe you, but until then you’re just full of more propaganda as you like to call it. I just wonder how much arm twisting the EPA had to exert to get NASCAR to sign up. We all know Obama’s administration hasn’t resorted to those tactics in his last 3.5 years don’t we. Speaking of things being forced down my throat, I don’t have any control over most of it, because it comes from the environmentalist wackos who are telling me I should drive a smaller vehicle, what light bulbs to use, what dishwasher detergent we should use, they are working on running the coal industry into the ground, not getting serious about energy independence and the list goes on and on. Now Obama’s big government is getting involved in NASCAR. Oh well, you’d better enjoy it while you can, because after the Nov election your hero will be heading back to Chicago.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      See? Now you've made Spec mad, and he is very mild mannered....
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR did this for some nice PR. But their paranoid conspiracy theory fans immediately freaked out. That is pretty sad . . . don't they at least want the environment protected so they can hunt?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry about the repeat comments. The side didn't appear to be working correctly.
      • 2 Years Ago
      EZEE At least were on the same side. I’m a right wing extremist too in case you didn’t notice. It looks like we have some disagreements though. Just for your information NASCAR drivers and teams do charities too, as a matter of fact have you ever heard of the Victory Junction Gang? That was started by one of the drivers and it’s for seriously ill children. I don’t care if people want to buy a prius, one of those coffin smart cars or a hybrid either. I’m just saying the EPA doesn’t have to be involved in NASCAR to accomplish this. I won’t be buying one in my lifetime. I’m sticking to my evil full sized Chevy pickup with a v8 engine. You mention, maybe a few more people will recycle because the EPA is involved with NASCAR, if that’s the case they better get involved in other sports too because they generate a lot of garbage. I also don’t know what you’re talking about cutting the catalytic converter off. I live in Phoenix and we have vehicle emission inspections and believe me running a car without a converter will not work in Arizona. I agree with what you say in your last paragraph, and I don’t hold it against people that want to help the environment either; believe it or not I do my part. But I don’t want the government involved in sports in this country. Like I mentioned in the previous paragraph why don’t they sign a pact with the NFL or another sport to save the planet? The same exact conditions occur at those sport venues except they aren’t running cars in circles for 400 miles or so. You know as well as I do, the reason is the cars, and the fuel they burn along with the fact those cars are emitting CO2 and contributing to that dreaded global warming, or is it climate change today. And I still say their bottom line will be getting rid of race cars with internal combustion engines. I doubt you have ever been to a race but a big part of going to a race is the sound of those big V8s and if that goes away I can just about guarantee you that’ll be the end of NASCAR.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aaron Schwarz said Any improvement is an improvement: I give two thumbs up to NASCAR for making some green changes! Even though I'm a brain dead race fan and not part of the "critical thinking crowd" I was wondering if you were aware of the fact NASCAR has already made changes to "save the planet" without Obama’s big government telling them what to do? Believe it or not they started running E15 fuels a few years ago and this year they removed the carburetors and went to electronic fuel injection. Your comments about VOC's are irrelevant too. I go to a couple of races a year, and I don't inhale anymore exhaust fumes at a race track than I would sitting in rush hour traffic surrounded by cars 10 hours a week.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Environmentalism and NASCAR, what a fitting match that is. I'm sure it'll go over well!!
      motorhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't this administration keep their nose out of anyone's butt?
      Aaron Schwarz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nascar fans are not exactly the "critical thinking crowd" and I imagine few of them understand what a VOCs do to your brain when you inhale them or any other toxicological concept related to the health impacts of inhaling the exhaust from a oil burning piston engine. Most of the Nascar fans live in states that burn coal for the majority of the local grid power: they are checked out on how pollution impacts public or environmental health. The lack of universal recycling access in America is also indicative at how most of the country is full of people who really understand why throwing aluminum in a trash dump is ethically reprehensible<<< really bright intellectually gifted people eh? Our ignorance is not nearly as vast as a our failure to use what we know!
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR and the EPA can take their memorandum of understanding and stick it. The MOU says they want to foster greater environmental awareness by NASCAR fans. I see enough save the planet and go green garbage in my daily life that I'm not interested in seeing and hearing more of it at the race track. You blew it with this one NASCAR; I don’t see much support for your big deal with the EPA on the racing comment pages. You should be afraid too, from what I have seen anything the government gets involved with suffers the consequences.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        Alrighty then. Let's look at every scenario.... NASCAR has seen the light and they care. Don't spoil it. NASCAR is doing this for marketing purposes, but doesn't really care. Do you understand what marketing is? If so, this is still a good thing. NASCAR is doing this as a feint, and they have hired Dick Cheney and Chimpy McHitler (I just love how the iPad auto corrects the spelling and caps on Chimpy McHitler) to snatch children from the crowd and roast them for snacks for rich bankers. Okay that one is bad. The point is, believe in global warming or not, peak oil, etc., having a cleaner environment really isn't such a bad thing.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nice knee-jerk response. I see they've really got the base trained well. Actually, they don't. It has become a beast they can't control.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      Limit to 1000cc - - - and no other rules except for safety (OK, >2 wheels). Then we'll see how fast and exciting they can make the race and the cars. [the rules are so limiting now, if Andy Granatelli showed up with his turbine car, he'd be told to take a hike - not at all creative]
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