IMS achieves responsible sport certification

First sports facility globally to achieve environmental accreditation.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has become the first sports facility in the world to achieve organisational certification through the Council for Responsible Sport.


  • IMS earned silver level distinction as a certified organisation
  • Certification is earned by taking action spanning five categories: planning and communications, procurement, resource management, access and equity and community legacy

Context: Key partnerships and the implementation of new tracking technology helped IMS achieve this landmark goal. With the addition of the new organizational certification, the Council for Responsible Sport implemented ReScore, a system designed to help venues track their progress. WM Sustainability Services was critical in IMS’ sustainability journey, providing support by documenting a variety of resource management credits relating to emissions calculations, waste diversion and energy consumption.

Comment: J. Douglas Boles, president of IMS: “This is a monumental and impactful achievement for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earned through a comprehensive commitment to innovation and hard work that safeguards our community and leads the way in our sport.”

Consequence: As part of the new certification, IMS implemented new standards and procedures. This includes the development of a diversity, equity and inclusion plan, along with a public commitment to the measurement and mitigation of environmental impacts. IMS expanded waste diversion efforts beyond the Indianapolis 500 to include events hosted at IMS year-round.

Additionally, IMS adopted new procurement policies and protocols, eliminating single-use plastic and Styrofoam in office spaces, in addition to prioritising purchases from women- and minority-owned businesses and businesses with sustainability related certifications.

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