Monday, March 30, 2009

VANOC launches “Sustainability Star” awards program

The Sustainability Star is designed to draw attention to Games-related sustainability innovations — which are environmental, economic and social in nature — and can be used on Games-related products and in advertising. The program, which will run until March 31, 2010, will put these innovations in the international spotlight as Vancouver and Whistler welcome the world in 2010.“The Sustainability Star program has been created to recognize our partners who have demonstrated excellence in rising to the challenge of creating projects with positive and measurable social, economic and environmental assets that are new to the Games or Host Region,” said Ann Duffy, VANOC’s corporate sustainability officer. “We’re continuing to work towards improving the sustainability performance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by leaving a living legacy that continues long after the Games here are done”.The first nine stars, chosen by a 10-person jury, are: Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler; the BC Hydrogen Highway; the RONA Vancouver 2010 Fabrication Shop; the Richmond Olympic Oval; BC Hydro’s Green Energy Innovations; Live Smart BC, a program operated by the province of British Columbia; Teck Cominco Ltd.’s Going for Gold employee engagement strategy; Coca-Cola’s carbon footprint and offset program; as well as Nortel and /EDU’s LearniT.The Whistler Athletes’ Village, managed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is being built under the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system for neighbourhoods — one of only 20 developments in Canada to qualify for the designation.The BC Hydrogen Highway is a municipal, provincial and federal government industry initiative showcasing hydrogen and fuel cell technology development. The highway is anchored in Whistler, Victoria, the Lower Mainland and at Vancouver International Airport. Partners include the Province of British Columbia, Natural Resources Canada, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the City of West Vancouver, Port Metro Vancouver, General Motors of Canada, BC Hydro and VANOC.RONA and VANOC have partnered with community organizations to set up the RONA Vancouver 2010 Fabrication (Fab) Shop in downtown Vancouver, where small wood products required at Games venues are being built. The shop also delivers community-based carpentry training.The Richmond Olympic Oval, built by the City of Richmond with help from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, is best known for its one-of-a-kind wave roof made from pine beetle-salvaged wood. The multipurpose centre for sport, recreation, health and fitness qualifies for LEED silver certification.BC Hydro’s Green Energy Innovations project will supply clean power to the 2010 Winter Games, including electrical power generation to replace a significant amount of diesel generators.LiveSmart BC is the province’s action plan for climate change, which aims to inspire residents to make carbon smart choices at home, at work and on the road.Coca-Cola’s carbon footprint and offset program for the Games will use hybrid vehicles and cold drink equipment that eliminates emissions and reduces energy consumption while staff will be outfitted with uniforms made from recycled bottles. The company will be a carbon neutral corporate sponsor of the 2010 Winter Games.The web-based Teck Cominco Going for Gold program is designed to engage employees to embrace Olympic and Paralympic ideals through positive actions such as volunteerism, sustainability and innovation. Over 1,700 employees have participated in the challenge.Nortel and VANOC’s /EDU have partnered through LearniT to develop toolkits to help teachers integrate the latest technology, such as rich audio and video content, into classrooms throughout Canada.