Excerpt from Introduction:
This guide explores how the Park, venues and events have been developed to respond to and tackle the significant environmental challenges of our time: a changing climate, the loss of biodiversity and the overconsumption of vital resources. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London has a fantastic opportunity to lead the way in sustainable living for its neighbours across London and beyond.
However, sustainability in the Park goes beyond the environment. It is also a story of social equality and employment, and of economic growth and prosperity. These wider social, economic and environmental purposes make up the London Legacy Development Corporation’s overarching environmental themes [see p.48]. They define its contribution to the shared objective of convergence, ensuring that legacy benefits stretch beyond the Park borders into the surrounding communities. They also influence the Development Corporation’s entire work programme, from internal operations, to planning legacy communities, to defining operating arrangements for venues.
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Climate Action Programme
Norwegian researchers are developing a machine capable of simultaneously producing snow and heating homes, in a bid to save winter sports from the impacts of climate change.
Globally, ski resorts are becoming increasingly dependent on expensive and environmentally damaging snow-making machines due to the warming climate.
These machines can only operate if the surrounding air temperature is below freezing, leaving many low-lying resorts abandoned.
Researchers at SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute, and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) believe that an adaptation of the technology used in domestic fridges and freezers can solve this problem.
As one of Norway’s most popular sports – as well as a form of transportation during the winter months – it is hoped that these new machines that can produce snow in addition to heating homes, will protect the sport from rising temperatures.
The project is supported by a 2.3 million krone ($300,000) grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture which argues that skiing is engrained in the country’s culture.
Petter Nekså, Energy Research Scientist at SINTEF, said: “At higher temperatures, you need a refrigeration plant to make snow. The advantage is that this process is independent of air temperatures. One of the main aims of the project will be to find out how we can produce snow regardless of the outdoor temperature, and to develop energy-efficient ways of doing it.”
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Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its “LEED in Motion: Venues report”, which highlights the efforts of convention centers, sports venues, performing arts centers, community centers, and public assembly spaces to transform their environmental, social and economic footprint through LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification.
“The scope and scale of the venues industry is enormous, and the leaders creating these spaces have an important role to play in reducing environmental impact,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO of USGBC. “By incorporating green practices, venues around the world are positively impacting their triple bottom line — people, planet, profit — while inspiring and educating others to be proactive in the areas of social responsibility and sustainability.”
Venues are large contributors to the U.S. economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of conventions and events is expected to expand by 44% from 2010 to 2020 — outpacing the average projected growth of other industries. Annually, the top 200 stadiums in the U.S. alone draw roughly 181 million visitors, and roughly 60 million people worldwide attend a consumer or industry trade show. Waste Management estimates that the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL generate a combined 35,000 metric tons of CO2 each year from their fans’ waste. The convention and trade show industry, one of the largest global contributors to waste, produces an estimated 60,000 tons of garbage each year.
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