Auto Racing Goes Green American Le Mans Series' Team Trans Sport Racing Will Be First Carbon-Neutral Motor Sports Team BOSTON -- Team Trans Sport Racing (TSR) of the American Le Mans Series GT2 Class will be the world's first motor sports ...
Auto Racing Goes Green
American Le Mans Series' Team Trans Sport Racing Will Be First Carbon-Neutral Motor Sports Team
BOSTON -- Team Trans Sport Racing (TSR) of the American Le Mans Series GT2 Class will be the world's first motor sports carbon-neutral team. Through a new partnership with Renewable Choice Energy, TSR will purchase renewable energy credits that will foster the creation of profitable, clean energy projects. The team will purchase enough renewable energy credits (RECS) from Renewable Choice to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide emissions they will produce during the 2007 season. The purchase will offset 444,146 pounds of carbon dioxide, which represents the team's carbon footprint from racing, transportation of the team and equipment, as well as the electrical load at the shop.
As the environmental impact that humanity has on the earth becomes more apparent, it is imperative that companies and individuals become stewards of their own carbon output. This new commitment from Trans Sport Racing is one more venture that evidences TSR founder and principal, Tim Pappas' dedication to a cleaner and healthier environment.
"We are proud to be the first racing team taking steps to offset our environmental impact, which in turn is helping to foster the growth in a new sector of profitable clean energy projects," said Pappas. "Motor sports are supposed to lead the way in performance and safety evolution for the auto industry. I'm excited to have found a way to begin the process of reducing racing's impact on the environment. I hope that we will serve as an example not only to other teams and drivers but to the general public, proving that being environmentally responsible does not have to mean sacrificing speed or comfort."
Tim Pappas is also the CEO of Pappas Enterprises, one of Boston's oldest real estate development companies. Pappas Enterprises places an emphasis on innovative design and is committed to achieving LEED certification, the United States Green Building Council's rating system for green buildings, on all current and future projects. Pappas has pledged that all of his projects going forward will be green.
"Team Trans Sport Racing has surged to the front of the pack when it comes to environmental stewardship," said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice Energy. "We hope the team's action will serve as inspiration for others to follow."
Renewable Choice will provide free evaluations to any other teams wishing to offset their carbon dioxide output.
About Team Trans Sport Racing:
Team Trans Sport Racing was founded in 2007 by Tim Pappas and Jim Bell to campaign a 2007 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class. Technical Partners for the team include Yokohama, Performance Friction, Moton Suspension Technology, H&R Springs, MOMO Italy and Renewable Choice Energy. vineyard vines® will be the official supplier of non-racing apparel for Team Trans Sport Racing.
About Renewable Choice Energy:
Based in Boulder, Colo., Renewable Choice Energy (www.renewablechoice.com) promotes the development of clean alternatives to fossil fuels. Renewable Choice connects renewable energy producers with forward-thinking consumers including Fortune 500 companies, cities, universities and residential consumers across the country. As a pioneer in wind power marketing, Renewable Choice Energy has helped develop many industry standards and best practices, and is the leading supplier to LEED-certified green building projects.