Roseland Creek Elementary School will be a little more “green”, thanks to both Infineon Raceway and NASCAR.

The North Bay school, which is currently under construction and slated to open for the 2013 school year, received a donation of 77 trees through “NASCAR Green Clean Air" — an initiative that neutralizes all the carbon produced by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.

A ceremonial planting of three live oak trees was held on Friday at the future site of Roseland Creek Elementary School and attended by Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares, Roseland Creek Elementary School Principal, William Nilsen, Superintendant of Roseland Public Schools, Gail Ahlas, representatives from Infineon Raceway and several future elementary school students.

“The donation of the trees is a noble thing and will not only contribute to keeping our air clean and our earth green, but thousands of children for generations to come will be able to enjoy them,” said Principal Nilsen. “Especially during these times, we’re grateful for the generosity.”

“More than ever, education is a partnership, which includes the schools, the community, always includes the parents and, most importantly, the students in helping them achieve their dreams,” said Mayor Olivares. “It’s important for the students to see we’re giving back by planting these trees.”

Infineon Raceway, which hosts an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event each June, has participated in NASCAR’s Green Clean Air program since 2009. The 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.

"NASCAR is proud to partner with Infineon Raceway, Roseland Public Schools, the City of Santa Rosa and Buckeye Nursery in today's ceremonial portion of the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program,” said Dr. Mike Lynch, Managing Director of Green Innovation for NASCAR. “This collaboration is what NASCAR Green is all about, which is conserving the environment while giving back to the local community, fostering economic growth and providing lasting benefit to children were NASCAR events are held."

NASCAR purchased the trees from Buckeye Nursery, a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-certified business in Petaluma. The program dovetails well with Infineon Raceway’s Accelerating Sustainable Performance program, which includes 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 around the raceway, among others.

"This is a terrific initiative from NASCAR and we’re delighted to participate,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway.  “We look forward to watching these trees grow and becoming part of the campus environment at Roseland Creek Elementary.”