POSTED: June 30th 2010
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Sochi 2014 fine tuning environmental Olympics plan

Dmitry Chernyshenko wants to raise the bar on environmental standards / Image: Sochi 2014
Dmitry Chernyshenko wants to raise the bar on environmental standards / Image: Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MOSCOW, June 30: The Supervisory Board of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has approved a new program looking to enhance their environmental projects related to Olympic venue construction.

Alexander Zhukov, Russian deputy prime minister and NOC president, chaired the meeting and said, “Today we have set in motion several major projects designed to enhance the environment and ensure Sochi 2014 is delivered in a sustainable way.

“Our actions are further evidence that we are continuing to deliver the promises that Sochi 2014 made to the IOC. I am delighted to see that real, substantial action is being by ministries, authorities and business. It is precisely this comprehensive approach that will provide real results – some of which we can already see today.”
 
The program is destined to reward environmentally friendly design and construction methods being used by Olympic venue construction firms. The objective is to inspire new green standards for sports facilities, accommodation centers and infrastructure.

The Supervisory board also agreed to develop an ecological purchasing policy for the Sochi Games which will encourage purchasing from suppliers whose services and goods have limited environmental impact, use waste reducing technology and preserve natural resources.

Bid ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko says, “Today we see the positive changes that have been made possible in our country as a result of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. There are new standards being reached in many fields and construction is one of them.
 
“The program agreed today includes a list of environmental requirements for the Organizing Committee in purchasing goods and services, allowing us to align our purchasing activities with international best practice.
 
“I am sure that the green standards will become central to all building projects in Russia and that more companies will follow the principles of sustainability in their activities.”

The Sochi 2014 Supervisory Board also discussed the importance of the expansion of the Olympic education program and studying ways for the Russian International Olympic University to closely work with other organizations involved with the hosting of the 2014 winter Olympics.


Keywords · Sochi 2014 · winter Olympics · Alexander Zhukov · Dmitry Chernyshenko


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