Despite a lackluster appearance and secondhand materials, the Vancouver olympics managed to be greener than Beijing, by doing things like making sure all of their buildings were ceritified LEED platinum, among other measures.
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The new Olympic buildings are meeting very high green standards. “Environmentally we’ve put a major focus on any of the buildings that are being built,” says Linda Coady, Vice President of Sustainability for the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will cost more than $2 billion Canadian in total. For example, the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Whistler will reuse captured methane gas from a former landfill for energy and the primary heat source for the community will be waste heat recovered from the municipal wastewater treatment system.
“The biggest accomplishment, which is really impressive, is there’s going to be a net-zero building on the site,” says Boyd Cohen from Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development. The community centre in the Vancouver Olympic Village will be built to LEED platinum rating and be energy neutral. All the other buildings in the Vancouver Olympic Village will be built to LEED gold rating.
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