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Team USA Rides FSC Snowboards to Olympic Gold

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Image via FSC United States, Photo source: Burton

As the world watched Chloe Kim win gold in snowboard halfpipe at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, at FSC, we were watching her snowboard. Made by Burton, Chloe’s board has an FSC-certified wood core, and is one of many FSC-certified boards Burton manufactures. Burton’s commitment to responsible forest management is just one part of their industry-leading sustainability strategy, which also includes diverting waste from landfills, establishing an end-of-life program at retail, and relying on solar energy at their headquarters. Burton was also selected to outfit the U.S. Olympics Snowboarding team this year, drawing on space suits for their inspiration. After watching Chloe Kim, Shaun White and others go big in the halfpipe, the design seems fitting.

For more information, visit www.burton.com.

South Korea Wins a Gold Medal for Sustainability

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By Jonny Bairstow

Image: Singulyarra / Shutterstock

Image: Singulyarra / Shutterstock

South Korea should win a gold medal for its energy efficiency successes in its hosting of the Winter Olympics.

That’s the verdict from the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), which says the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) has managed to cut carbon intensity through the careful management of transportation and accommodation.

The group says the recent construction of a 120-kilometre high-speed railway connecting the site of the games to important cities and airports means trains can reduce the carbon footprint of passengers to an eighth of what they would generate travelling in petrol or diesel vehicles.

POCOG predicts 6,654 tonnes of emissions can be saved if 420,000 visitors use the railway rather than personal vehicles.

It also signed an agreement with the Korea Electric Power Corporation to provide staff with 150 electric vehicles (EVs) and 24 rapid charging stations.

These will remain after the event finishes, providing infrastructure to support the continued use of efficient EVs.

POCOG also built 11 green sports facilities, designed to consume less energy and reduce pollution throughout their life cycle, from design to construction and maintenance.

These include the Gangneung Ice Arena, which ASE says saves energy through LED lighting, efficient insulation, airtight doors and windows and a water circulation system.

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First ‘Zero-Emissions’ Winter Olympics Kicks off in South Korea

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Image source: Climate Action. Photo Credit: 2018 Olympics.

The 23rd Winter Olympic games has now opened in what it is hoped will be one of the most sustainable events in the tournament’s history.

The games, taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, has sustainable thinking at its heart with a goal of becoming the first zero-emissions event in its history.

Not only has it procured 190 megawatts of wind power to meet more than 100 per cent of its energy needs, but all six stadiums have been awarded with ‘green-building’ certifications. Organisers have ensured that a forest area twice the size of the event has been restored, and the Olympic Park has been built on the site of an old landfill, covering 86,696 square meters.

Speaking at a forum this week, International Olympic Committee member Mario Pescante said this year’s games shares the objective of furthering “the peaceful development of humanity”

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