Today marks the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. My favorite childhood band, Duran Duran, will be performing at the Opening Ceremony so you can bet that I will be glued to the TV to get a glimpse of my childhood crush as well as the rest of the opening festivities. I absolutely love watching the Olympics and knowing a bit of the behind-the-scenes greening that has taken place makes viewing even more fun.

 

The first truly sustainable Olympics

The London Olympics may be the most sustainable Olympics yet. Public transportation, green cars, compostable food packaging, a comprehensive waste management plan and even a reusable basketball arena will help reduce the environmental impact of this summer’s ultimate sporting event.

 

Top 10 green Olympic facts

Wow your friends with your massive knowledge about the sustainability measures in place at this year’s Olympics. Number seven on the list is Coca-Cola’s commitment to convert plastic bottles discarded at the Olympics into 80 million new bottles.

 

McDonald’s goes big…temporarily

The largest McDonald’s in the world is open for business at the London 2012 Olympics. Although it is the largest it won’t hold this title for long. After six weeks the store will be no more and the company will send “most of the furniture and equipment to be recycled or reused in its other restaurants.”

 


Energy efficiency at the London Olympics

“The Velodrome -- one of the most iconic and sustainable buildings ever built for an Olympic Games -- contains the indoor cycling track. It was built to hold 6,000 people and keep them cool this summer with a completely natural ventilation system using outside air. That’s right; no air conditioning required. In addition, the Velodrome uses natural lighting during the day to supplement fluorescent lighting, saving a lot of energy. Did we mention it collects rainwater for its main water usage with its sloped roof? Savvy indeed.”

 

Waste management

With 10,000 toilets in use during the games, the topic of eco-friendly waste management is definitely a messy subject.

 

“As befits someone who began his career as an ecologist studying tortoises, David Stubbs is a patient man. Sitting beneath a bleaching sun in the European flower garden of the Olympic park, he does not look like an individual with the disposal of 8,500 tonnes of rubbish on his mind, or, come to that, like one struggling with the ecological implications of the site's 10,000 temporary loos.”

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