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Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Daily Update – July 23, 2012

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Waste Not, Want Not

With 140,000 spectators expected over three days for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, an extensive plan has been put in to place to offset their impact on the community.

The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), the not-for profit organization that manages the race events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, has teamed up with The Offset Project, a local 501(c)3 dedicated to environmental stewardship at regional events and business.

During the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix the two organizations will work together to collect all food scraps and other compostables from various catering areas onsite. Roughly six tons is expected to be collected per day, diverting some 18 tons of CO2 equivalent from the atmosphere in addition to the tons diverted from the local landfill in Marina. Food waste will later be turned into compost and sold back to local farmers and vineyards.

“Our mission has always been to give back to our community,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “With this new program we are helping to relieve the impact of our event and in the end, actually giving back compost that is usable for our farmers, ranchers and wine growers.”

This is the first event The Offset Project will be utilized at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca but an extended partnership is in the planning stages as both organizations continue to strive to improve the Monterey Peninsula.

Be sure to check in and stay tuned as the MotoGP™ buzz continues to build on the Monterey Peninsula.

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