DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- International Speedway Corporation ("ISC") is being honored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") for the outstanding recycling efforts at its International Motorsports Center, the world headquarters for ISC, NASCAR, GRAND-AM and Daytona International Speedway.
The Recycling Recognition Program award, which was presented today in a ceremony at the International Motorsports Center, recognizes ISC's broad, significant and visionary approach to insuring environmental sustainability by reducing the amount of waste that is deposited in local landfills. The International Motorsports Center, which has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") gold certification and the EPA's Energy Star certification, has a recycling rate of approximately 60 percent.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Recycling Recognition Program was developed to encourage private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida's recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020."We are honored to receive the Recycling Recognition Program award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection," stated ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. "Environmental sustainability is a lifelong commitment and we are excited to see further progress and improvements throughout our company. The International Motorsports Center is just one part of a comprehensive sustainability program that we are undertaking for a healthy environment." ISC working together with NASCAR, which has the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports, has partnered with multiple organizations to successfully assist in its environmental sustainability programs. As examples, ISC in partnership with Coca-Cola, are working hand-in-hand to provide opportunities for race fans to actively participate in recycling programs. Safety-Kleen assists ISC with the recycling of event waste materials. ISC participates in the largest tree planting program in sports in partnership with UPS. Watkins Glen International and NextEra Energy have joined forces to launch a windmill project that will create a lasting renewable energy resource for the area. Also, our Michigan International Speedway has a new solar-powered building that is among the largest U.S. producers of green energy in American sports. For more information on ISC's environmental sustainability programs, please visit ISC Green Flag Team at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com/Paving-The-Way/Going-Green.aspx. "The International Speedway Corporation's recycling efforts and comprehensive sustainability program are both great things for Florida's environment," said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. "I am pleased to highlight ISC's efforts with this recognition award, which shows that major companies throughout Florida are taking recycling and sustainability seriously." The Recycling Business Assistance Center at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection assists in the development of markets for recyclable materials. For more information on the new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling. International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern California(SM) near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 Raceway(SM) near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami Speedway(SM) in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York. The Company also owns and operates Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network and Americrown Service Corporation(SM), a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise. In addition, the Company has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.