ROUSH FENWAY CONTINUES SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS Both at Home and in the Community, Roush Fenway Remains a Leader in Sustainablity Concord, N.C. (August 25, 2010) - Its no secret that Roush Fenway Racing recycles 96 percent of every race car but...
ROUSH FENWAY CONTINUES SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
Both at Home and in the Community, Roush Fenway Remains a Leader in Sustainablity
Concord, N.C. (August 25, 2010) - Its no secret that Roush Fenway Racing recycles 96 percent of every race car but it's their continued efforts to become more sustainable that is really paying off for the environment. In 2009 the team recycled 65 tons of plastics, metal and paper and implemented small but impactful changes across all its facilities. These efforts helped the team meet its goal of an overall 10 percent improvement in indoor air quality; reduction of water consumption; increase in waste reduction and recycling; and improvement in energy usage over the last year.
"I am most proud of the smaller impacts we have achieved," said Ian Prince, Roush Fenway's director of real estate and sustainability. "The second and third rounds of reduction and improvement are exponentially harder to achieve."
In total the team recycled 26,660 pounds of plastic in 2009, up from 12,427 pounds in 2008. The increased number reflects a company-wide education and an increase in the number of items that were recycled beyond drink bottles. The team also recycled 11,335 pounds of paper, down from 19,628 pounds the year before in part because of the efforts to either not print documents or use auto-duplexing.
Additionally, the team has switched to biodegradable soy-based products where practical (instead of harmful chemical degreasers); eliminated Styrofoam cups; switched from 400w bulbs to 360w bulbs; mandated a managed forestry content for all paper, envelopes, etc.; and added additional occupancy sensors in the race and fabrication shops to reduce energy consumption. The effort doesn't stop at the shop though, Roush Fenway is extending its efforts beyond the race team as well.
Roush Fenway is a participant in the Cabarrus Sustainability Council, a joint effort between the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development that works to promote sustainability through public and private collaborations. Just this week, the Council announced a partnership between local school systems, the business community and local government to bring a comprehensive recycling program to local schools beginning this school year.
"This project really is an example of what can happen when the public and private sector roll up their sleeves and work together for a common community good," said Prince, also the chair of the Cabarrus Sustainability Council.