The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, the Pocono Green 250, will highlight sustainability initiatives at the track and the work of its partners.
Pocono Raceway’s President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky, a board member of the Green Sports Alliance and winner of local, regional and national awards for his sustainability work, made the announcement.
The Pocono Green 250 is set for Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. Pocono Raceway features a three megawatt solar farm that powers not only the facility but the local community as well. Pocono Raceway was the first facility to rely 100 percent on solar power generated onsite with the opening of the 25-acre Solar Farm across the street from the raceway in 2010.
Pocono Raceway recently launched a partnership with Penn State University with an aggressive and ambitious goal to make the raceway a “near zero waste” facility. New food and beverage provider Spectra and Pocono Raceway are working with “Rock & Wrap It Up” on a food donation program to support local charities and food banks. A pilot program will begin this weekend with a local composting facility in an effort to divert even more bio waste from landfills.
Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch have contributed recycling bins to the track in efforts to reduce the amount of recyclable items being thrown in the trash.
Pocono Raceway also works hand-in-hand with NASCAR Green. Partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation, the raceway has planted more than 8,500 trees, 8,000 of those as part of the NASCAR Clean Air Tree Planting Program which has planted enough trees to offset all national series NASCAR racing for the next 40 years.