Roush Fenway Racing Wins “Champions for Clean Air” Award
CONCORD, N.C. (May 26, 2011) –The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will honor three organizations in Rowan and Cabarrus counties this spring as Champions for Clean Air, including Roush Fenway Racing. The awards recognize their extraordinary commitments toward reducing harmful emissions during 2009 and 2010. An independent panel reviewed all submissions and selected the winners.
“These winners have demonstrated a real commitment to improving the air quality in our region, which, in turn, positively impacts our citizens’ health and well being,” said John Wear, director of the Center for the Environment. “We are delighted to shine the light on these exemplars of corporate and environmental responsibility. Thanks to them, our citizens can breathe easier.”
“As a company, air quality is a huge concern for our employees, the environments they work in and in the communities where we all live,” said Ian Prince, chief sustainability officer, director of facilities for Roush Fenway Racing. “The Charlotte region area has some of the worst air quality in the nation; our programs can help mitigate just a fraction of that. Really we are out to achieve awareness that we have an issue and we can’t fix it alone.”
Roush Fenway Racing has made a significant commitment to reducing its impact on the environment, mitigating air pollution and reducing its dependency on foreign energy resources. Its new photovoltaic system has generated 11,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in the past six months – enough to offset 17,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and to save the equivalent of 250 trees. The organization’s recent installation of 12,000 square feet of radiant floor heat, powered by 24 solar hot water panels, provides all the energy needed to maintain a 70‐degree slab temperature without burning any fossil fuels during the day.
In the past two years, Roush Fenway Racing has recycled more than 30,000 pounds of paper which equates to saving 5,700 gallons of oil, 45 cubic yards of landfill space and 60,000 kilowatts of energy. It has also recycled over 200,000 pounds of steel and aluminum. These actions saved 372,960 kilowatts of energy, enough to power 10 average homes for a year.
In 2010, approximately 66 tons of material was recycled, reducing the waste that would normally go to landfills by more than 11 tons. A total of 96 percent of each race car produced at Roush Fenway Racing is recycled.
Roush has introduced an alternative fuel vehicle to the fleet market. Factory Authorized Propane Powered conversions of the Ford F150 are now available for consumers. Roush Fenway Racing has these vehicles in use and has installed a filling station at the Concord Regional Airport for Roush Propane customers. Propane runs 30 percent cleaner than traditional fossil fuels and is a byproduct of the oil refining process.
Roush Fenway Racing has a fleet of six bicycles and 12 golf carts for use on its 25‐acre campus. It has also adopted a No Idling Policy for its vehicles and customers at its Concord campus.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating seven motorsports teams. Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and three in the Nationwide Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto http://www.roushfenway.com/ www.RoushFenway.com. Become a fan of Roush Fenway Racing on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow us on Twitter @roushfenway. For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.