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An exciting exploration of the positive and negatives of hosting an Olympic Games in terms of environmetal, economic and sociocultural impacts on Canadians.

An exciting exploration of the positive and negatives of hosting an Olympic Games in terms of environmetal, economic and sociocultural impacts on Canadians.



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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • 1. Smart site selection 2. Environmental assessment reviews 3. Venue design and green buildings 4. Environmental management plans 5. Ongoing monitoring and compliance 6. Restoration
  • Environmental Assessment recommended using an old ski run on Blackcomb Mountain in order to avoid unnecessary clear-cutting.
  • Green-minded Features: ECO-Chill heat-recycling system  Ammonia-fuelled cooling system  Painted white  600 white blinds 
  • Clear-Cutting   Gravel and Sand Mining  Increased CO2 Emissions
  • Clear-cutting Between 89 and 126 thousand trees were taken down to clear space for the Whistler Olympic Centre alone 260 Hectares of prime bear habitat destroyed Unprecedented # of black bears hit by cars in 2007 Bear/human interactions on the rise
  • Grizzly Bear  Alligator Lizard  Red-Legged Frog  Spotted Owl 
  • Concrete – 80% gravel and sand Whistler Sliding Center – 350,000 tonnes concrete Asphalt – 90% gravel and sand Airport transit way – requires 400,000 tonnes gravel and sand
  • Fraser River – endangered river since ‟93 Scalping of sand bars (and the construction of roads that goes along with it) resulted in the death of millions of young salmon in 2006 70-93% drop in local salmon stocks documented by the David Suzuki Foundation since „90
  • VANOC‟s strategy is to be Carbon neutral  define their carbon footprint, minimize  emissions and offset the unavoidable Use of generators during generators has  been limited to 10% of previous Games‟ emissions No parking at most venues  Admission tickets will include mass transit  50% of VANOC‟s fleet of 96 vehicles are  hybrids or fuel-efficient models
  • Olympic Winter Games use considerable energy to heat building, make snow, freeze ice sheets and sliding tracks, run power equipment and transport people and goods. These actions all generate greenhouse gas emissions. And… VANOC‟s plan only takes into consideration their emissions, what about the expected 250,000 visitors and increased activity for years to come?
  • “There is an infrastructure being created for 2010 that will result in the further destruction of mountains and valleys that are traditionally Salish, St‟at‟ime, and Squamish territory. They are creating infrastructure to attract corporate businesses and large real estate operations. The Olympics have brought a destruction of the natural world and a dehumanization of the people.”
  • Developments on Native- claimed Lands… Sun Peaks $294 Million, Melvin Creek $530,000,000, Mt. Cheam, Merritt, Valemount, Revelstoke, Blue River, Invermere $450,000,000, Kelowna, Big White and Crystal Mountain $100,000,000
  • Residents of Eagleridge Bluffs protested against the expansion of the Sea-to-Sky Highway; the only transit link from Vancouver to Whistler. The government opted to shave $40 million off of the $600 million price tag of the project by opting not to tunnel (which would have avoided several vulnerable ecosystems).
  • The Good
  • Site Selection Plans  Wind Technology  Sun Technology  Olympic Facilities  Pushing Vancouver to Become Greener 
  • Based on protecting  natural reserves and local wildlife Environmental Impact Assessments 
  • Windmill outside of Beijing powered the Olympic  Green Wind farm inside Beijing was built and provided  20% of the Olympic facilities power Provide 100 000 houses with energy 
  • Showers in Olympic Village  Lighting for Olympic lawn, road lamps and lights in  public washrooms 85% of all lights for Olympic Venues 
  • New solar technology  Takes sun‟s energy and produces both heat and  electricity from the same surface area Maximizes CO2 displacement  LEED standards 
  • National Aquatic Centre   Thermal Layer on outside  Outer walls and roof collect/recycle up to 140 000 tons of water per year
  • The Bad
  • Air Pollution Index  Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, PM10, Carbon  Monoxide, Ozone
  • Restricted coal usage  Closed down 2 chemical plants  Vehicle restrictions 
  • Terminal 3, airport  Additional 7 subway lines, 70 subway stops  Train system to attach Beijing to sister city Tianjin  Hybrid Buses, running on biodiesel 
  • The Ugly
  • 29000 Fireworks  emitted 
  • Combating climate change  Reducing waste  Enhancing biodiversity  Promoting inclusion  Encouraging healthy living 
  • The End.