Iowa Speedway, NASCAR Green plant trees at Southwestern Community College
Officials of Iowa Speedway were in Creston on Tuesday afternoon to donate and plant 60 trees on the campus of Southwestern Community College on behalf of the NASCAR Green program.
The NASCAR Green program was established in 2009 to offset the carbon footprint of key NASCAR races at facilities across the nation. Accordingly, 10 trees are pledged for every time a ‘green flag’ is displayed in those races. The 2013 NASCAR race selected for Iowa Speedway was the DuPont Pioneer 250 Nationwide event on Saturday, June 8, in which the “green flag” was displayed six times, including the initial start of the 250-lap stock car contest.
“When a tornado hit our campus in April 2012, we lost more than 150 trees, many of which had years of growth,” said Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of Southwestern Community College. “Therefore, when we were approached about a partnership with the Iowa Speedway and the NASCAR Green program, we were very excited. Trees are a valuable and long-term investment. The trees we have received through this partnership will help to restore the beauty of our campus.”
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