2010 Winter Games to leave lasting environmental, social and economic legacies
Adherence to sustainability goals generates early results: report
These are just a few of the examples of sustainable legacies from the Games contained in the fourth annual corporate
"By making sustainability central to everything we do, and in collaboration with our partners, sponsors and community organizations, we have forged a new level of sustainability performance for the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said VANOC Chief Executive Officer
The report examines VANOC's performance on environmental, social and economic bid commitments and early legacies as the first athletes arrive to compete. Examples include:
- Since 2003, Aboriginal businesses have received $56.7 million in contracts with VANOC; $5.9 million in this reporting period alone - $56,460 contributed to the 2010 Aboriginal Youth Legacy Fund through the sale of official licensed merchandise - $3 million to date spent on services and products from inner-city businesses or organizations in Vancouver; 1.2 million in this reporting period alone with 15 enterprises - The most ambitious carbon management program to date for an Olympic or Paralympic Games with the aim of raising the bar on how sport events manage their climate impacts - 15 per cent reduction in carbon footprint of the Games due to energy efficiency and clean technologies - Partnered with Offsetters making the 2010 Winter Games the first in Games history to have an Official Supplier of Carbon Offsets - 45,000-kilometre carbon neutral torch relay - 100 per cent carbon neutral athletes participating in the Games - 85 audits of 2010 merchandise licensees conducted to ensure they comply with relevant legal requirements, respect the rights of workers and protect the environment - 257 out of 257 suppliers met Canadian human rights standards - Contracted 96 Aboriginal artists from across Canada to produce permanent installations as part of the Venues' Aboriginal Art Program - 50,000 tickets distributed through the Celebrate 2010 program to 300 community organizations in Metro Vancouver, Sea to Sky region and Canada for those who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend the Games - 200 trainees, which included at-risk youth and new Canadians, developed carpentry skills at the RONA Vancouver 2010 Fabrication Shop in Vancouver's inner city to help them enter the workforce - 62 Games-related sustainability innovations by VANOC partners and sponsors recognized by the Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Star Program - 1,800 bouquets for Vancouver 2010 Victory Ceremonies made by marginalized women, who may be recovering from addiction, leaving prison, exiting the sex trade, or who have been victims of violence, as well as by other women they train with who are changing careers to become florists - 100 per cent of all Games venues and facilities reviewed for accessibility - Eight multi-purpose sport venues and two athletes' villages targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver or better (two already certified to a gold level)
The report reflects input from the general public; non-governmental organizations specializing in the inner city, the environment, sustainability, disability issues, and labour and human rights issues; and VANOC's own staff. VANOC's key performance measures have been assured for accuracy by a third party.
"Having started early with our planning and engaging early with our partners, sponsors, and local communities, these reports have helped to gauge our progress along the way. It is exciting to see the years of work starting to pay off even before the athletes begin to compete," said
VANOC will continue to track and report on sustainability performance through the Games period and initial dissolution phase (
To measure its performance, the organizing committee uses the sustainability reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI is an internationally established standard for corporate reporting on an organization's economic, social and environmental performance. It is aligned with several worldwide sustainability initiatives, is used by leading corporations in the private sector and is recognized by the United Nations.
Two versions of the report are available: a shorter "snapshot" version for readers interested in a summary and a longer, more technical version for those who want more detail. Both versions are available at: www.vancouver2010.com/more-2010-information/sustainability/reports-and-resources/sustainability-report/.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in