The basic principle of the LA 2028 Sustainability Program is “radical reuse,” which starts with not building any permanent venues. Instead, LA 2028 will leverage LA’s existing world-class venues, including using UCLA as the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Avoiding the environmental and carbon impact of large construction projects, which is traditionally a significant part of planning for the Games, will allow LA 2028 to stage historically low carbon Games. Further, LA 2028 aims to deliver the first ever ‘energy positive’ Games by incentivizing the generation of more energy from renewable sources and energy efficiency efforts than needed to power the Games.
LA 2028’s existing venue operators also bring a strong commitment to sustainability. Many have implemented, or plan to implement, progressive sustainability practices, including energy efficient LED lighting throughout the venues and associated parking, deploying multistream waste programs and staff/community sustainable education initiatives. A primary example is the LA Memorial Coliseum, which, under the management of USC and its Office of Sustainability, achieved its Zero Waste Initiative goal in 2016, becoming the largest NFL stadium and second largest collegiate stadium to achieve such a goal. As a result of this achievement, the Coliseum was awarded First Place for the 2016 Zero Waste Bowl Challenge conducted by the PAC-12 and Green Sports Alliance. In the effort, USC’s team diverted from landfills 400,000 pounds of waste from over 1.2 million stadium guests. LA 2028 aims to build on practices like these, and host Games that lay down a blueprint of sustainability goals for all future Olympic and Paralympic host cities.
The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 2,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually--equivalent to the emissions from 106,529 propane BBQ grills--and it will generate enough power to meet the electricity needs for close to 300 homes beyond the power needs of the Raceway. Pocono Raceway's Solar Farm is able to meet 100% of the facility's power needs as well as offset all of the additional power required by NASCAR during an event at Pocono. During the summer months, the raceway uses approximately 50 sheep to help maintain the grass within the confines of the solar project.