RACE TO NET ZERO: REDESIGNING FORMULA ONE TRACKS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF COMMUNITIES
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Formula One is one of the most recognizable and accepted forms of racing across the world and has made a declaration to make the sport substantially more sustainable by the year 2030. As of 2022, the sport has not made nearly enough changes across its facilities to reach these goals. This thesis aims to identify a process and design for making one of the Formula One tracks in the US net-zero and for helping visitors learn and involve themselves with the sport's history and future. F1 facilities and racetracks have a high potential to help the sport reach its goals and lower its large carbon footprint. Race tracks are large swaths of predominantly paved land and offer nothing back to the earth from which they take except heat and runoff. Using four key concepts: stormwater management, reduction of the heat island effect, onsite energy generation, and xeriscaping, a formula one race track could perform better for the environment. To create a stronger relationship between the sport, the community, and the environment, community education and involvement programming will build and strengthen ties that will make the sustainability goals even more achievable.