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Less Carbon than London 2012? Everything you need to know about Tokyo 2020’s Sustainability Plan

By Matthew Campelli, Sport Sustainability Journal

Medals for the Games will be manufactured out of recycled metal (Credit: Tokyo 2020)

Medals for the Games will be manufactured out of recycled metal (Credit: Tokyo 2020)

The organising team behind the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics has calculated that the Games will have a lower carbon footprint than Rio 2016 and London 2012 – widely considered to be the first sustainable Olympics.

According to the second (and final) version of the Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Plan, the upcoming Games is expected to have a carbon footprint of 3.01 million t-CO2 (metric tonnes), compared with the 3.45 million t-CO2 emitted as a result of London 2012.

This has decreased further to 2.93 million t-CO2 following a venue review, which forced the organising committee to use existing facilities due to spiralling costs, reducing construction commitments.

Around 58% of the venues used for the Games will be existing. However, the “passively designed” (which harness natural light and ventilation) five new facilities, including the Olympic Stadium, Village Plaza, Ariake Arena, Musashino Forest Sport Plaza and Ariake Tennis Park, have contributed to the low carbon estimation.

All will use renewable energy, with the Ariake Arena, Olympic Aquatics Centre and Musashino Forest Sports Plaza deploying solar power generation systems, solar heat utilisation systems and geothermal heating/cooling systems.

To hit its target of zero carbon (albeit a target that is not a “concrete numerical figure” but an “ideal direction of effort”), new facilities have been constructed with concrete made with recycled frames and recycled vinyl floor materials.

Read the full article here.

Olympic Medalists to Speak at Collegiate Sport Sustainability Conference

Panels and keynotes will discuss the importance of sustainability in collegiate sports.

Panels and keynotes will discuss the importance of sustainability in collegiate sports.

Mary Harvey, the Olympic gold medal-winning soccer player, and Winter Olympic 2018 snowboarding star Arielle Gold will deliver keynote speeches at the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference in July.

Harvey, who won her medal in 1996 as a member of the US Women’s National Team, is now the special advisor for sustainability at United Bid 2026 – the team behind the US, Canada and Mexico joint World Cup bid.

By the time she delivers her speech on 12 July, Harvey will know whether her sustainability work on the bid will continue as FIFA plans to choose a winning host on 13 June.

Gold won a bronze medal at the latest Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in the women’s halfpipe event. She is a vocal figure on the issue of climate change and how it is dramatically affecting winter sports, and is an ambassador for Protect Our Winters (POW).

NCAA administrator Joni Comstock and Pac-12 chief operating officer Jamie Zaninovich will also address delegates at the event at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Focusing specifically on enhancing sustainability in collegiate sport, the second annual Pac-12 Sustainability Conference will explore themes including sustainable tailgating, zero waste and the student athlete impact on sustainability initiatives.

Read the full article here.

Team USA Rides FSC Snowboards to Olympic Gold

FSC United States

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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.

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