Following in the footsteps of earlier Olympic hosts, the organizing committee for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro unveiled the first version of its Sustainability Management Plan earlier this year. Expanding upon the motivation in Rio’s successful bid to host the Games, the plan is the organizing committee’s roadmap “to combine the power of Olympic and Paralympic sports with the enthusiasm and festive spirit of the residents of Rio – Cariocas – to bring sustainable advantages to Brazil and the city of Rio de Janeiro.”
The plan, like those of London and Vancouver, focuses on finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of hosting this legacy event. Among the areas being tackled by the committees are:
- transportation and logistics
- sustainable construction and urban improvements
- environmental conservation and clean-up
- waste management
- universal accessibility
- management transparency
The plan also highlights the technical cooperation agreement the committee has crafted with the United Nations Environmental Program. “An event the size of the Olympic Games is an excellent opportunity to implement and disseminate sustainable practices,” UNEP representative Denise Hamú said about the partnership. “This is the first time that the Olympics will be organized in South America, a crucial region for biodiversity conservation that has a vocation for developing low-carbon economies.”
Read more and download the complete sustainability plan here.
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The University of Oregon has partnered with SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel to recycle its spent cooking fuel from Autzen Stadium’s concession stands into biodiesel. SeQuential Pacific adds Autzen to its list of stadium accounts including Oregon State’s Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, and multiple facilities in Seattle including Husky Stadium, CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field.
The Autzen deal expands the University of Oregon’s efforts to have spent cooking oil collected and converted into biodiesel. The campus already donates oils for recycling from the food court at Erb Memorial Union and from its various University Housing and Dining Services. During the 2013 football season, SeQuential – originally founded by three UO students at the on-campus incubator in Eugene – will collect between 200 and 600 gallons of oil from Autzen after each of the Ducks’ seven home games.
“This is very meaningful for us to have the business come back and provide full service to the university,” said Tyson Keever, SeQuential’s general manager and one of the three UO graduates who built the company. “It does have a very special place in our heart.”
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At the NASCAR Green Summit in Chicago last week, the auto-racing association announced a new partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC collaboration will focus on three main sustainability initiatives:
- Energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energy sources
- Composting and recycling at NASCAR events
- Fan education, including the marketing of healthier food options at NASCAR races
The partnership brings the topic of sustainability to a diverse new audience of sports fans, offering the potential for a wider cultural shift on green issues.
“The embrace of ecological stewardship by NASCAR in its unorthodox partnership with NRDC offers the encouraging prospect that millions of sports fans and businesses will be positively influenced about responsible environmental behavior,” NRDC senior scientist Allen Hershkowitz wrote about the announcement of the NASCAR partnership. “The genius of the NASCAR-NRDC collaboration is its recognition that to solve our ecological problems we must align our call to action with mainstream social values, and with a focus on protecting our heritage, whether that heritage is a NASCAR race, an outdoor little league game, college football or youngsters playing hockey on a frozen lake.”
Read more about the NASCAR-NRDC partnership here.