“Sustainability is present throughout the organisation of the Rio 2016 Games. Our objective is to deliver the Games in a transparent way that is environmentally and socially responsible.” Rio2016.com
What a great message to send out to the world! An event that has a huge global following is taking the stage and spreading awareness on a topic that affects the entire planet.
The event’s Organizing Committee is dedicated to embrace the challenge of turning a huge event into an even bigger opportunity for change. The environmental footprint of the summer games will be reduced significantly with a number of solutions that are highlighted on their site’s dedicated Sustainability Portal.
Sustainability and built to last go hand in hand. When something is made from ethically sourced raw materials, and built to last for years to come, it is inherently sustainable. This can be seen clearly at the Rio 2016 games, specifically with one of the boldest venues built to host handball and goalball.
A combination of technology, innovative engineering, and collaborative efforts will help turn one arena into four schools. The Future Arena – boasted as “nomadic architecture” – was not only designed to be built with zero rework requirements, it will later be broken down and re-built as four schools to serve the local community.
By using Building Information Modeling (BIM) with Tekla tools, extreme accuracy allowed for a high quality arena that resulted in minimal construction waste during the installation period. Given that the building itself will be re-purposed to create school houses; I’d say this structure deserves a gold medal.
When it comes to raw materials used to build the Future Arena, the Olympics’ Organizing Committee made sustainable sourcing a pillar in the procurement process. From the inclusion of sustainability indicators for purchasing requirements, to the use of 100% of items made of certified timber, they’ve got ethical sourcing covered.
Sporting events can leave a strong impression on communities for years to come; it’s great to see that these games have the potential to not only lighten the environmental impact on Brazil in 2016, but also build a greener future.
Interested in learning more about the environmental impact of Rio 2016? Check out this cool infographic by GreenMatch for details.
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Employee engagement, community clean-ups, charitable giving, tree planting, and environmentally friendly packaging are just a few of the many examples of socially responsible initiatives.
October 2016 marks the 2nd ever Campus Sustainability Month which officially kicked off on the 1st of the month. Since 2003, Campus Sustainability Day has been celebrated internationally, however in 2015; the events flowed over to fill the calendar for an entire month.