Tonight, the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) kept the environment in mind when planning the festivities and focused on LEED certification for its buildings, using alternative fuel vehicles, and its use of carbon offsets.
The Richmond Olympic Oval, which will be home to the speed skating events, is a LEED Silver certified building that has a unique roof. Forests in the area were devastated by a Mountain Pine Beetle and to help prevent the spread of these pine-beetles, many trees were prematurely cut down. Instead of going to waste, the building’s designers used this wood to create the six-acre roof of the Olympic oval.
This video gives a tour of the Richmond Olympic Oval and describes the plan for the building once the 2010 Olympic Games have finished.
- Check out MNN's Olympics page
- Read more about Vancouver, a green destination long before it hosted the Olympics.
- 12 Olympians who want to save the planet