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The 2012 Summer Olympics in London were a shining

example of sustainability on every level. The £9-10

billion London Olympics minimized CO2 emissions,

minimized waste, and maximized the use of

renewable energy, environmentally-friendly transit

and recycling. Renewable energy (featuring wind and

biomass) supplied at least 20% of the energy for the

Olympic park and village. There were over 50 miles of

walking and cycle routes around the Olympic park,

and over 250 acres of open, green spaces.

 

The Olympic Park and Village were developed as fully

sustainable centers using the latest green technologies

to create them. Ready-made concrete containing a

large amount of recycled material minimized the

carbon footprint of the construction process. Recycled

material was used in as much of the new development

as possible, right down to play equipment for kids. The

area functioned as housing (over 2800 homes) after

the athletes were gone, highlighting green spaces and

public transit in order to enhance the overall

marketability of the development. Homes were

built to conserve energy and water, through features

like high tech insulation, glazing and ventilation, as

well as efficient appliances.

 

The Olympic Village focused on maximizing 

sustainable mass transit and minimizing car use. The

Village featured a brand new rail station, an extension

of the existing Docklands light rail system and

expanded bus routes. New cycle routes, linking to

existing ones, were created for the Olympic parks and

the London Cycle Network. The design of the Village

also placed emphasis on pedestrians, with walkways

connecting streets, green spaces and the Olympic

Park.

 

 

In total, Games organizers saved the equivalent of

400,000 tons of carbon dioxide thanks to their

sustainable practices. 100% of Games operations

waste was diverted from landfills, with 62% of that

waste being reused, recycled or composted.

Additionally, 99% of the waste from installing and

taking down the Games venues was reused or

recycled.

Please see: green urban planning

Green Urban Planning

Today, green urban planning is more important than ever. We provide facts about seven cities that are focused on utilizing various approaches to sustainable development. You can find out about many sources of renewable energy here.

City planning committees around the globe are becoming more focused on the importance of using sources of renewable energy, rather than fossil fuels and other finite resources. Our goal is to teach our readers about eight of the greenest cities in the world. As you peruse this site, you will gain insight into the worlds of renewable energy, urban planning, green building and sustainable mass transit. For instance, you will learn about an example of a bus system, located in Curitiba, Brazil, that serves as a standard of efficiency for other metropolises throughout the world...

 

Sustainability Trends

Ideas for a Greener Home

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Favor cloth over paper products
  • Chlorine-free baby diapers/ wipes
  • Choose natural lawn care - stop using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Use biodegradable detergent and oxygen bleach
  • For clean, safe drinking water without all of the waste - use a water filter and a reusable bottle
  • Install low-flow toilets

Energy Saving Ideas

  • Use CFL or LED light bulbs
  • Use Energy Star labeled equipment
  • Turn off all home and office equipment when not in use
  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Turn down the thermostat - lowering it by just one degree can reduce heating energy costs significantly
  • Avoid phantom loads (electrical equipment that still uses energy even after turned off) by using a power strip
  • Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees
  • Install double pane windows