2012 Environmental Friendly Olympics
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We all know the importance of The 2012 Summer Olympics will be held in London at the end of July, 2012. This year, the Olympic committee decided to go with an environmentally-friendly theme for the games. London has done some amazing things to shrink the carbon footprint of the event, making it the first Olympic village to “go green”. Here is a list of some of these accomplishments at the 2012 environmental friendly Olympics.
TOWARDS A ONE-PLANET OLYMPICS
The focus of the London Olympics was to offset their carbon footprint to neutral. At this point and time, it looks like they may exceed that requirement. The reason for a “one-planet Olympics” comes from the notion that if every person on earth used as much energy as a British citizen uses, it would require the energy taken from THREE planets! The London Olympics is trying to increase awareness and do something about this. As a result, this year, the Olympics will utilize solar and wind energy. They will make use of renewable energy and give back to the city the additional energy not used on the games.
THE OLYMPIC STADIUM
The new stadium, which holds 80,000 people is the third largest building in the country, following Wimbledon and Twickenham. The building was constructed with less than 10,000 metric tons of steel, making it the first of its kind. As a way of cutting energy costs, the Olympic stadium has been built with recycled materials. No food packaging will go to landfills and all food waste is to be composted. Additionally, all concession stands have been moved outside of the stadium and people will be able to watch the games from outside on giant screens. After the Olympics, the plan is to shrink the size of the stadium by 20,000 seats.
RIDE THE JAVELIN
If you are planning on going to the Olympics, you will be prompted to take public transportation instead of driving your own vehicle. The Javelin is the new train system that London has in place that will take you from the downtown of the city to the Olympics in only seven minutes. By using this method they will be able to move up to 25,000 people per hour. By using the public transportation, spectators at the Olympics will save thousands of gallons of gasoline and bad air emissions.
Don’t know what the Velodrome is? It’s the Olympic Park’s new indoor bicycle track. It’s got a pretty neat design, doesn’t it? That roof is set up to collect rainwater as an added water source for the building. There is natural ventilation and lighting in place, as well, which will serve to further cut down on the carbon footprint.
GREEN FROM THE GROUND UP
Even the land on which the Olympic games will be held has been turned to green. The area where the games are being held are on 500 acres of East London which used to be industrial land dump site for chemical warfare. The land has been recycled and cleaned up. The apartments in the Olympic village have been prepared to be turned over to the British public after the games. In addition, all of the VIP cars for the ceremonies will be 100% electrical provided by BMW. In fact, while there have been some setbacks into being as green as the Olympic committee would have liked, overall, these Olympics are the most green event in the history of the games.