Archive for March, 2009

First-ever winners of the IOC Sport and Environment Award

March 31st, 2009
The very first winners of the IOC Award for Sport and the Environment were announced on the first day of the World Conference on Sport and Environment in Vancouver. The inaugural trophies were presented to five organisations representing the five continents which have made tremendous contributions to the implementation of outstanding practices in the field of sustainable sport and the environment.


How the winners were selected
The entries received illustrated not only the involvement of sport in driving the environment agenda, but also the importance of its contribution. The winners were chosen from among individuals, groups and organisations nominated by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Sports Federations (IFs) and Continental Associations. A jury composed of members of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission selected the winners for each continent, taking into account the following basic evaluation criteria: impact of the activity/initiative/project on the promotion of sustainable sport; ability of the activity/initiative/project to be carried on and to serve as a catalyst for sustainable sport practice worldwide; voluntary contributions and innovative approaches.


The first-ever award was awarded to:
– For Africa: Green Africa Foundation
– For America: Oregon Track Club
– For Asia: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Organizing Committee (BOCOG)
– For Europe: German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB),
– For Oceania: “Rainbow Project” by Rowing New Zealand


Who are the winners?
Green Africa Foundation is a Kenyan organisation founded in 2000 to support ecological and environmental conservation with particular focus on arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya, where poverty is most prevalent. Recognising the impact of sport on ensuring environmental sustainability, the Foundation has launched a “Green Africa Sports” department, which sets up guidelines for sports organisers about environmental awareness, proper waste management, and creating and maintaining a green environment. Thus, on the occasion of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships held in 2007 in Mombasa (Kenya), the environmental project set up by the Foundation, in close cooperation with UNEP, was considered by the IAAF as having set a precedent for all future IAAF events. Its activities reach beyond athletics, going from table tennis to canoe kayak, and from golf to boxing.


The Oregon Track Club: The organising committee made the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials the first sporting event in North America to successfully implement and uphold sustainable initiatives such as those outlined in the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21.  The Club has been committed to reaching a high standard of sustainability, including integration of sport with environmental, social and economic considerations. Its sustainable efforts have included providing shuttles and promoting cycling, reducing waste and encouraging recycling and composting. The competition area and adjacent Festival, known together as the “Superblock”, were powered by 100% renewable energy.


The initiatives led by the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau and BOCOG have significantly heightened awareness of environmental issues, leading to major advances in the areas of energy consumption, sustainable water consumption, transportation, waste management and air quality. The Beijing Games significantly raised the bar of incorporating sustainability in large scale events. Special efforts through institutional and technical tools implementation, established more than 160 projects within the greater Beijing area that will enhance the environmental legacy of the city and provide its population and visitors with a more environmentally friendly life.


The German Olympic Sports Confederation issues the “Green champions in sport and environment”, A Guide to environmentally-sound large sporting events”. This publication  provides guidance and examples of good practices undertaken in Germany by analysing the ecological impact, such as climate, transport, energy, waste, use of materials, noise, nature and landscape, catering, merchandising and communications, that the different parties involved in sport have on the environment. Through this Guide, the sports community will endeavour and be encouraged to adopt a responsible attitude towards the environmental and sustainable development issues related to the practice of sport. Published by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the German Olympic Sports Confederation, this Guide intends to encourage not only sports organisations, but also individuals, to be champions for sport and environment.


“The Rainbow Project” by Rowing New Zealand aims to host an environmentally sustainable 2010 FISA World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro without compromising New Zealand’s unique environment. The Rainbow Project’s environmental actions include a carbon emission reduction scheme, a zero waste plan, educational programmes for the next edition, a comprehensive bio-security strategy for inbound equipment, environmental protection for all permanent and temporary infrastructures, and the inclusion of an environmental officer on the organising committee. One of the goals of the Project is that 100% of the spectators in will have the choice to make a positive environmental contribution. With an unquestionable green focus, the 2010 FISA World Rowing Championships should leave a positive and sustainable legacy.



Greening The Games

March 31st, 2009
From the beginning of a city’s desire to stage an Olympic Games, through to the long-term effects of those Games, environmental protection and, more importantly, sustainability, are prime elements of Games planning and operations. The Olympic Movement, since the early 1990s, has progressively taken the environment and sustainability into account throughout the lifecycle of an Olympic Games project, and recognised their importance: the "Green Games" concept is increasingly a reality, and the current group of host cities is no exception.

Keeping the Winter Green

The colour most associated with the Olympic Winter Games is white because of the snow and ice, but in Vancouver and Sochi, the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee and the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, are both working hard to ensure that their Games are also remembered for being green. In Vancouver, a number of sustainability initiatives have been put in place, ranging from venues that are built to high environmental standards to waste management strategies. In Sochi, the organisers have joined initiatives such as UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network, and are putting in place environmental policies to ensure green Games in 2014.

Sustainability in the Summer

For summer Games, London 2012 put sustainability at the heart of its bid, framed by the concept of “Towards a One Planet 2012”, which was derived from the WWF/BioRegional concept of “One Planet Living®”. London 2012 and its stakeholders share a commitment to maximise sustainability through the different phases of the Games – building the venues and infrastructure, staging the Games themselves and then long into the future. They will focus on five main areas: combating climate change; reducing waste; enhancing biodiversity; promoting inclusion; and encouraging healthy living. This programme forms London’s vision for a one planet London 2012.

Sport & Environment Conference

The 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment is taking place this week in Vancouver, the host city of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Organised jointly by the IOC and VANOC, in close partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the conference will bring together representatives of the world of sport, industry, sponsors, the United Nations system and NGOs. With its main theme, "Innovation and Inspiration – Harnessing the Power of Sport for Change”, the 2009 World Conference recognises the power of the sports movement to trigger innovative solutions to the challenges it faces, and to inspire people to pursue a more sustainable world.



Raising the roof on the Aquatics Centre

March 31st, 2009

Work has started to lift the 2,800-tonne wave-shaped roof of the Aquatics Centre into position. The lift is considered one of the most complex engineering and construction challenges of the Olympic Park ‘big build’.

London 2012

Coca-Cola’s Top Environmental Sponsorship

March 30th, 2009
To coincide with the 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which is being held in Vancouver, Canada, Worldwide TOP Partner Coca-Cola has announced details of its environmental action plan.


The plan demonstrates how the company is using the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a forum to showcase its ”Olympic Games Sustainability Programme” and its ongoing environmental commitments.


The Programme was created through consultation with WWF-Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, and includes targets of 100% collection of all PET containers in the Olympic Village and the venues during the Games, and 100% reduction in Olympic carbon emissions.
Live positively and run with the Torch
Coca-Cola is also rewarding Canadians who Live Positively and reduce their environmental footprint, by providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic torch in the build-up to the Games.  Any Canadian who increases the amount they recycle, conserves energy and water and/or sets examples of environmental sustainability, can nominate themselves to become an Olympic torchbearer by logging on to 
Coca-Cola has announced that Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF-Canada has been nominated by Coca-Cola as its first environmental Olympic torchbearer. He said: “We are excited by Coke’s commitment to introducing an Olympic Games Sustainability Programme at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and by its efforts to support Canadians in living more sustainable lives."


“Congratulations to Coca-Cola,” says Linda Coady, Vice President, Sustainability, VANOC. “This is an example of a business using its Olympic sponsorship to incorporate and highlight environmental innovation in its own practices.” 


For more information on Coca-Cola’s environmental programme in Canada visit:


VANOC releases carbon offset target for 2010 Winter Games; negotiations ongoing with potential partners in carbon offset field – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

March 30th, 2009

On the occasion of the World Conference on Sport and the Environment starting
today in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced a target to
neutralize up to 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the Games. To
meet this target, VANOC is in advanced sponsorship negotiations with carbon
offset management companies to create a unique 2010 carbon offset portfolio
that will showcase climate change solutions.

Vancouver 2010

2009 Find Your Passion in Sport Poster Series – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

March 30th, 2009

Curler Travis Jones, alpine skier Sammy Kent and hockey player Leah Sulyma are
the proud faces of the 2009 Find Your Passion in Sport poster series.

Vancouver 2010

VANOC attends the Rendez-vous de la francophonie 2009 – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

March 30th, 2009

Rendez-vous de la francophonie 2009 events and activities celebrating diversity
were held across Canada in each province and territory between March 6 and 22.

Vancouver 2010

When the Passion for the Olympic Games Transcends the Sporting Arena – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

March 30th, 2009

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch wasn’t the only centre of attention when
unveiled in Whistler, British Columbia (BC) on February 12, 2009. Chris Wray
was in the crowd holding one of the few remaining torches from the Berlin 1936
Olympic Games.

Vancouver 2010

Top 10 Moments for Canadian Olympians – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

March 30th, 2009

If you had to choose the most outstanding achievement of a Canadian winter
Olympian, what would it be?

Vancouver 2010

One-Year Countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

March 30th, 2009

In less than 365 days Paralympic Games history will be made and winners will be
crowned in (Paralympic) alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice
sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.

Vancouver 2010