Sonoma Raceway's Sustainable Performance Program
Sonoma Raceway began its comprehensive recycling program in 2004 and since then, the facility has taken its green initiatives to new heights. Below is a snapshot of the raceway's Sustainable Performance Program.
- Upcycling - New for 2016, Sonoma Raceway will partner with Sonoma-USA to upcycle raceway banners and signage. These materials will be diverted from the landfill and transformed into well-designed and useful products, which will be made locally in Sonoma. In addition, a portion of the proceeds made from the end product will be donated to Speedway Children's Charities.
- Redwood decks and arbors - In 2015, Sonoma Raceway and Humboldt Redwood Company, the leader in environmentally certified Redwood decking, fencing, landscaping and dimensional products, joined forces to bring shade and comfort to race fans with the construction of the "Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck" above Turn 2, plus a Redwood-arbor covered private bar.
- Solar Energy - Sonoma Raceway is home to a major solar-electric-power-generating installation with a capacity of more than 350 kilowatts, along with a dual-sided, solar-powered LED display board along Highway 37. A total of 1,652 solar panels were installed at the raceway in 2011. The solar power produced by the new system will provide for 41-percent of the raceway's energy usage.
- Recycling - Since 2004, the track has recycled nearly 540 tons of materials (1,078,170 pounds). It was recognized by the State of California Department Division of Recycling and works with Safety-Kleen during race weekends to recycle used oil products. During major event weekends, Sonoma Raceway will also partner with the Conservation Corps North Bay to collect more than five tons of material, including aluminum, glass, plastic and mixed material.
- Raceway Organic Garden - Sonoma Raceway, in partnership with Levy Restaurants and Sonoma Valley High School, planted the raceway's first organic garden in 2013. Fruits and vegetables from the garden are used at the Raceway Café and in Levy catering.
- Mowing Green - Nearly 4,000 sheep that live on track property provide an invaluable service, helping to maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the facility.
- Novvi Engine Oil, Performing Green - Sonoma Raceway is increasing the use of Novvi Engine Oil, a high performance oil sourced from plant sugars. The oil is a drop-in replacement for traditional lubricating oils, but is also renewable. Novvi Oil provides enhanced performance while reducing the environmental impact.