2010 Olympics awarded bronze for climate initiatives
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2010 3:09PM PST
An environmental assessment of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games has commended organizers for building energy-efficient venues, using clean-energy sources and relying on public transit.
But the assessment said organizers fell short for not leaving the region with long-term improvements in sustainable transportation.
The climate scorecard was released Wednesday by the David Suzuki Foundation, which awarded the 2010 Olympic Winter Games a bronze for its efforts to reduce the event's climate impact.
"Climate change is a defining issue of our time, and the winter Olympics are an opportunity to show leadership by reaching and inspiring billions of fans and spectators with solutions to global warming," said the foundation's Paul Lingl in a press release.
"Despite some missed opportunities, the positive steps taken by the 2010 Olympics demonstrate that climate solutions are doable, affordable and can have a lasting legacy."
The report, however, was critical of Vancouver organizers for not providing enough long-term improvements in transportation and for not doing enough to "tell the story of their climate initiatives to Canadians and the world."
To read the climate scorecard, click here.