Throughout the planning phase, the Olympic Committee considered sustainability in the truest sense – meeting current needs while also planning for the future. As the website states, “our aim is for the Games to leave an amazing legacy – for the Games to be remembered not only as a summer of fantastic sport, but as the catalyst for the regeneration of one of the most underdeveloped areas of the UK.” As the first blog in our Olympics series discussed, the area of the games was transformed from a brownfield to the site of Olympic Park. And notably, Olympic Village, that formerly housed the athletes during the Games, will now be used as housing for thousands in London, including affordable housing.
We can see how sustainability surrounded the Games by looking at the 3 pillars of sustainability and the practices in London:
Social: community engagement, equality and inclusion, jobs and training
Economic: business, increase in GDP
Environmental: health and safety, new infrastructure (energy, water, transportation), and green building/environmental efforts (reduced energy use, wildlife habitat, rainwater collection, renewable energy, zero waste goal)
Photos courtesy of http://www.london2012.com