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DETROIT 2008: Detroit Regatta "going green" for 100th running of the Gold Cup

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The "Super Bowl" of power boat racing is going "green," thanks to a new partnership with Carbon Credit Environmental Services.

The 2008 Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup races, the oldest motor sports race in the nation, is working with the Detroit-based company to off-set carbon emissions created by the event with alternative-energy and other "green" projects that benefit metro Detroit.    

The Detroit River turns into the "Super Bowl" of powerboat racing with the 2008 Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup races July 11-13, 2008 featuring unlimited hydroplane boats with 3,000 horsepower engines hitting 200 miles-per-hour and covering a football field in less than a second.

Along with the spectacular hydroplane boats, the three-day event brings vintage race boats, 15 catamaran-style offshore racing boats with piston and turbine engines up to 3,700 horsepower, and more than 100,000 powerboat racing fans to the Detroit River.    

The 2008 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup producer, the Detroit River Regatta Association has joined with Carbon Credit Environmental Services, a Detroit-based company that specializes in offsetting the carbon footprint of events and organizations, to make the 100th running of the APBA Gold Cup a carbon-neutral event.    

"We are thrilled to participate in an effort that benefits metro Detroit in such an important way," said DRRA Event Director, Mark Weber.

"This is the 100th running of the APBA Gold Cup. It's entirely fitting that part of our recognition of that significant historical milestone should be honoring the river and surrounding land that has helped make this event so great by making sure we're operating the event in a sustainable way."    

The title sponsor of the APBA Gold Cup is the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association. The Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association is made up of the 39 independently owned Chrysler Jeep Superstores in Southeastern Michigan from Monroe to Fowlerville and from Clinton to Port Huron.    

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CCES performs greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions audits to provide an estimate of the total carbon footprint of the APBA Gold Cup weekend, including the hot racing action on the river, to the helicopters, navy planes, and more than 100,000 powerboat racing fans that will travel to the Detroit River for the Gold Cup weekend.    

CCES is offsetting the carbon emissions from the Gold Cup race through a partnership project with the Greening of Detroit, and other active alternative-energy projects in metro Detroit. The CCES Greening of Detroit will support The Greening of Detroit's Market Garden project planned for currently vacant land in Detroit's Eastern Market District. The Market Garden will operate as a sustainable farm incorporating solar passive hoophouses, as well as a green house, which will be operated using alternative energy technologies such as geothermal and solar. The Market Garden will supply local vendors and residents with plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables with the aim of promoting local urban economies and alternative energy technologies as viable and economically efficient choices.    

"We've always found that organizations working together usually yields the best solutions to our challenges; indeed, that's the basis of our business," said Mike Dolkowski, who founded CCES with Dona Dolkowski and Harry Orrell.

"We applaud the APBA Gold Cup producers for their efforts to ensure that Detroit received the full benefits of their commitment to be carbon neutral."    

Edibles Rex, a Detroit-based caterer, is also supplying biodegradable cafeteria-ware to be used in all suite food services during the APBA Gold Cup weekend to further offset the environmental impact of the event.    

For more information or tickets for the APBA Gold Cup race, visit .    

About CCES: CCES provides green house gas, carbon dioxide and energy audits for companies and events, and paring them with local and global projects that help offset their carbon footprint. The goal is to make organization's impact on the environment "carbon neutral." CCES is currently involved in projects throughout metro Detroit and the United States, as well as India, Ecuador and China, and is helping to offset the carbon footprint of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and the Friends of Belle Isle Organization, among others. CCES is located in TechTown, an internationally recognized high-tech village in the city of Detroit affiliated with Wayne State University. To find out more, visit .     About the Greening of Detroit: The Greening of Detroit was founded in 1989 to improve the quality of life in Detroit by guiding and inspiring the reforestation of Detroit's neighborhoods, boulevards and parks through tree planting projects and educational programs. Over the years The Greening has expanded its outreach to include a broad sector of greening activities. Its mission reflects this growth: "Guide and inspire the growth of a 'greener' Detroit through planting and educational programs, environmental leadership, advocacy, and by building community capacity." Annually, The Greening hosts planting projects, ranging from full park restorations to streetscape renovations and massive street tree plantings to the creation of community and family vegetable gardens. To find out more, visit .