Tuesday, April 1, 2008

VANOC Releases 2006-07 Sustainability Report for the 2010 Winter Games

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) yesterday March 31, released its second corporate Sustainability Report, re-affirming its commitment to deliver a socially, economically and environmentally responsible Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The report covers the 12-month period between August 1, 2006 and July 31, 2007, and can be viewed at http://www.vancouver2010.com/. .
Sustainability touches everything at VANOC,” said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. “It is a consideration in all our planning and daily activities. With just under two years remaining until the 2010 Winter Games, this report details the steps we are taking to live up to our commitment to convene sustainable Games and to produce enduring benefits locally and globally”. VANOC’s 2006-07 Sustainability Report takes a comprehensive look at outcomes in six performance areas under VANOC’s direct control: accountability; environmental stewardship and impact reduction; social inclusion and responsibility; Aboriginal participation and collaboration; economic benefits; and sport for sustainable living.

Areas indicating progress by the Organizing Committee in the 2006-07 report include:
  • building venues on compact sites that minimize waste from construction
  • building venues that: conserve water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas/carbon emissions, provide barrier-free accessibility, compliance with environmental regulations

  • training opportunities for inner-city youth

  • support for housing legacies

  • ethical sourcing and sustainable purchasing

  • economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples

  • raising awareness about sport among Aboriginal communities

  • raising awareness about Paralympic sports locally

  • workforce safety

Sustainability performance areas VANOC says it is aiming to improve and/or focus on during the next 12 months include:

  • transportation planning

  • avoiding disruption or displacement in inner-city communities during Games-time

  • additional reductions in carbon emissions and development of a program for neutralizing or offsetting the carbon footprint of the Games

  • food and beverage services

  • diverting further waste from landfill

  • training, recruitment and business opportunities for inner-city residents and businesses, Aboriginal communities, persons with a disability, and social and environmental enterprises

  • public participation opportunities that increase awareness of sustainable living choices