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Hard sell: NASCAR teams with EPA to spread green message

Pioneer Hi-Bred 250

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NEWTON, IA - MAY 20: Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, races during the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 20, 2012 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

When thoughts turn to the high-octane excitement of NASCAR racing, there isn’t much space left for anything remotely eco-friendly. Given than the cars burn through 450,000 gallons of gas a year and get on average a mere five miles to the gallon, car racing is about as far from green as a sport can be.

Still, as reported by Triple Pundit, NASCAR and the Environmental Protection Agency are coming together in an attempt to spread a more environmentally friendly message to the masses of Americans who are dedicated fans of the sport.

The five-page “Memorandum of Understanding” between the unlikely partners spells out the myriad of ways they can “facilitate transfer of useful environmental information to a large fan base via the well-developed communications network managed by NASCAR.”

“Because NASCAR is followed by millions of passionate fans and many businesses, it can be a powerful platform to raise environmental awareness, drive the adoption of safer products by more Americans, and support the growing green economy,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in the Washington Examiner.

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Walmart goes green with new sustainable website

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Whether it’s your dirty little early morning secret to save a few bucks when nobody’s looking, the place you proudly shop to take advantage of those notoriously deep discounts or somewhere in between, everybody seems to have an opinion (and a rather strong one at that) about Walmart. It’s usually not very positive, considering websites like “People of Walmart” or the PR nightmare that results when an idiot customer decides to pepper-spray the place for a waffle iron. Obviously, the real people of Walmart who run the company are well of their public perception, and they’re ready to change it.

Leading with the mission statement: “Together, we will create a more sustainable world to help people live better”, Walmart has launched a new blog called “The Green Room” to start an open dialogue with those “who want to share ideas and partner with us in helping people live better lives around the world”.

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