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Greening international sports competitions

Monday, December 4, 2006

As the excitement of the Olympics begins, so does the need to increase environmental awareness. London, the winner of the 2012 Olympics bid, has promised to make the 2012 games the greenest in history. They'll be cleaning up brownfield sites for use, setting goals for minimizing waste and other pollution. The games have even been declared a car-free event--public transportation is the only option. While the Olympics have traditionally made efforts to offset their emissions and waste, the next World Cup bidders must have a strong strategy to be greener. Germany succeeded in offsetting its emissions, making it the first “climate neutral” World Cup; however, waste and energy reduction efforts fell short--neither meeting their 20 percent reduction goals. South Africa has already made huge strides toward creating the necessary infrastructure for 2010. Lets see what they can do toward making it glow green.

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