By Melanie Vrabel
I never imagined myself becoming a NASCAR fan. But sure enough, I find myself watching races on the weekends. It all started because my fiancée is an avid NASCAR fan (his favorite driver is #39, Ryan Newman…. I didn’t even need to Google Ryan’s name to find out his number!). At first, I actually teased him quite a bit about it. But as the months went on, I found myself knowing drivers names, numbers, and sponsors as well as trying to predict a winner before each race. I know more about NASCAR now than I ever imagined I would.
So when I found out that EPA was working with NASCAR (and signed an MOU with them on Monday), I jumped at the chance to be involved. I knew my fiancée would be proud, if not a bit jealous. NASCAR and EPA will be working together to continue to green the sport. Since NASCAR has such a huge national fan base, they can help communicate environmental information in ways that reach a large audience.
NASCAR and EPA will work together to highlight DfE products. Additionally, NASCAR can use DfE products at their facilities and at racing events, to show fans that using DfE products is an easy, cost-effective and important way that they can protect the health of their families and pets, clients and co-workers, and the planet.
My fiancée has been trying to convince me to go to a race, and I’ve resisted. Now with the newly formed partnership between EPA and NASCAR, attending a race this year is on my to-do list!
About the author: Melanie Vrabel is a chemist and project manager in the Design for the Environment Program. She works very closely with product manufacturers to help them formulate the safest products possible.