Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics is bold. It’s exciting. And, it’s green.
In fact, Chicago 2016 organizers even call their concept of the Olympics the “Blue-Green Games.”
Blue for clean air and water. And, green for parks and nature. Together, the blue and green combine to create the ideal conditions necessary for optimal athletic performance.
What’s more, Chicago 2016 organizers have developed a comprehensive plan that will deliver the most eco-friendly games in modern history.
Here are just a few of the green highlights from the Chicago 2016 bid:
- All electricity for Games operations will come from renewable energy sources.
- All generators supplied for the Games will run on biofuel.
- For the first time ever, athlete and spectator travel emissions will be offset in partnership with the Chicago Climate Exchange.
- Venues will reduce water consumption by 20% from baseline levels through design, technology and equipment, such as low-flow fixtures and smart irrigation.
- Waste will be minimized by reusing or recycling 85% of the materials used for the Games.
- Existing structures and parklands will be utilized whenever possible to minimize the carbon emissions associated with construction. Design and construction of all new and temporary venues will be conducted in accordance with best practices for sustainability.
“Blue and green reflect the natural landscape that all Chicagoans enjoy—the blue of Lake Michigan, and the green of our parks,” says Bob Accarino, the Director of Environment for Chicago 2016. “The name highlights these features and our Games plan further enforces it, with the majority of venues located along the lakeshore in our historic parks. From an environmental perspective, the concept of a Blue-Green Games emphasizes the importance of promoting clean water in addition to clean air.”
You can read the complete 31-page Blue-Green Games Commitment document here.
Photo of Chicago’s Grant Park from David Paul Ohmer.