Just 3 days. I haven’t seen my favorite Texas country star, Pat Green, since Mardi Gras last year in New Orleans; so before I talk about anything I think you should take a listen.
What I really meant was only 3 days till the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics! London’s mayor has viewed the Olympics as an opportunity to transcend neighborhoods into sustainable communities for other countries to emulate. The London 2012 Sustainability Plan highlights how London has aimed to host the most sustainable Games ever. The London Sustainability Plan focused on five key themes: climate change, waste, biodiversity, inclusion (new local employment and business opportunities), and healthy living. The Guardian UK reported on how the Games would focus on the key themes.
Look at this GREAT list of what London has done so far:
- The Velodrome is almost 100 per cent naturally ventilated and uses natural light to reduce energy consumption and rain water will be collected from the roof for flushing toilets and irrigation.
- The Olympic Stadium’s roof was made out of unwanted gas pipelines.
- Water used to clean the swimming pool filters in the Aquatics Centre will be recycled for toilet flushing.
- The foundations for venues and roads have used recycled materials and many of the venues and bridges will have green habitat spaces incorporated into walls and roofs.
- Over 100 hectares of new parklands for people and wildlife with over 4,000 trees and over 300,000 wetland plants.
- 100 per cent of spectators arriving at the Games by public transport or by walking or cycling.
- Improvements to 80km of cycling and walking routes to the Olympic Park and just under 6,000 temporary bike parking spaces during the Games.
Congrats to London, and I hope you enjoy the green Games. Cheers.