By Gary Thomas
The city of London will be endeavoring to meet its sustainability goals at the Summer 2012 Olympics. The goals by themselves are on an Olympic-level. Mary Ann Liebert’s publication - Sustainability: The Journal of Record, is providing a first-person narrative of the development of the sustainability targets and the ways and means that they will be achieved.
Sustainability: The Journal of Record
The East End neighborhood of Stratford has been chosen as the central location for the Summer 2012 Olympics. This area had once been used as an industrial wasteland. As part of the sustainability initiative, the wasteland has been transformed. It now demonstrates as a sustainable model.
Five key themes are guiding the sustainability goals - climate change, biodiversity, healthy living, waste, and inclusion. In the Olympic grounds, waste generated will not be allowed to flow to the landfills directly. Reduced packaging, and recycling and composting processes will be undertaken to achieve this measure. Further, the Olympic grounds do not have any parking lots as no cars are allowed. London has allowed only public transportation on the Olympic grounds.
The Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London, Shaun McCarthy has discussed the challenges faced in attaining the sustainability goals and the current progress that has been made to ensure meeting the Olympic sustainability goals in the article – “The Olympics Go for the Green: With the 2012 Games Looming, London Works to Raise Bar in Sustainability.”
The editor of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Jamie Devereaux stated that having sustainability as a prominent factor in the 2012 Olympics would be beneficial to the sustainability movement.