We haven’t watched much of the Olympics yet while in Paris, but we’re looking forward to jumping into it once we get home this weekend. Meanwhile, I was not aware of these impressive sustainability efforts. Thanks to fellow blogger Ambika Melville for this informative post…

Sustainable Design

Internationally, everyone is watching the 2012 Summer Olympics occurring in London.  Although the focus is the athletes, it is important to recognize England’s sustainability efforts regarding the venue.

David Stubbs, head of sustainability for the London 2012 Games, claimed that “Sustainability was a key reason why London was chosen.” Britain even agreed to allow an outside organization, the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, to monitor its green efforts.

Once a wasteland and contaminated industrial site, the area has been transformed by the Olympic Village.  The original buildings were knocked down and reduced to rubble that was used to supplement building materials in the Olympic Park.

England also had many of the arenas built as temporary structures or with temporary seating extenders.  This will allow the venues to reduce their size after the games are over, to provide smaller facilities for the local community.  For example, there are detachable wings…

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