Individuals have already begun speculating about which country will win the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Many say that the United States is seriously pushing to win the bid. If they do indeed win this bid, not only is the United States Olympic Committee USOC looking to further athletic achievements, but to make substantial environmental changes to the event. This began with naming Andrew Liveris and Dow Chemical the worldwide partner in the Olympics for the next decade.
As fantastic and unifying as the Olympics are, it’s quite a carbon-rich event. So while these changes may only seem minor, they’re actually a huge deal. It has been estimated that over 2/3 of the carbon emissions from the event is a result of some of the 1.5+ million attendees traveling (mostly via airplane) to and from the event.
CEO Andrew Liveris and USOC members are looking to do more by following the lead of the 2008 Summer Games that were held in Beijing. The 2008 summer Olympics made great efforts to showcase conservation practices and sustainable energy sources, Exactly what environmentally friendly services did the Olympic facilities feature?
While the Olympics in 2008 had great new ways of filtration and insulation for the events. That vision has progressed to include dozens of other products which will help reduce waste and promote conservation. You can expect these products to appear at the coming events over the next decade and be a part of the USOC recommendations.
Co-written by Nerissa Barry and Daniel Fielding