Infineon Raceway and NASCAR to Plant Trees at Santa Rosa Elementary School
Representatives from Infineon Raceway, Roseland Public Schools and the City of Santa Rosa will host a ceremonial tree planting at Roseland Creek Elementary School on Friday, April 20.
The trees were donated as part of "NASCAR Green Clean Air,” an initiative that seeks to neutralize the carbon produced by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.
School, city and raceway officials, as well as future students of the school, will participate in a ceremonial planting of three trees in front of the future site of Roseland Creek Elementary School. These are three of 77 trees that will be planted throughout the elementary school.
Attendees include Santa Rosa Mayor Ernest Olivares, Roseland Creek Elementary Principal, William Nilsen, Roseland Public Schools Superintendant, Gail Ahlas, and representatives from Infineon Raceway.
The NASCAR Green Clean Air tree planting initiative plants trees for every green flag waved during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. There were six green flags at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway last June, so 77 trees (31 live oak and 46 maple) are being planted at Roseland Creek Elementary School, which is currently undergoing construction and set to open in August 2012.
The NASCAR Green Clean Air conversion program neutralizes the carbon produced by race events. NASCAR purchased the trees from Buckeye Nursery, a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-certified business in Petaluma.
This program dovetails with Infineon Raceway’s Accelerating Sustainable Performance program, which includes hosting an annual summit of sustainability industry leaders, a major solar installation, comprehensive recycling program, water conservation efforts and the use of sheep to maintain the grasses and fire lanes at the raceway. Infineon Raceway is one of the most environmentally friendly motor-sports venues in the country.