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Source: Official London 2012 website

London won the gold medal its sustainability efforts, during the recent Summer Olympic Games. The facilities facilities- from the Olympic Park to the Velodrome to the main Stadium – make wide use of recycled materials and follow waste management guidelines. All purchases inside the Olympic Park and all packaging are 100% recyclable while the disposable products are green and made in Italy.

The London Paralympic Games (parallel to the Olympics), now in progress, are taking place, for the most part, in the same facilities as the Olympics, with a diverse group of athletes competing.[…]

The flag of sustainability flies over the Paralympic facilities as it did during the XXX Games of the modern era, starting with the industrial area of Stratford, covering an area equal to 297 football fields, that was completely reclaimed. The terrain contained tar, oil, solvents, lead and arsenic. The London Olympics were also the first games to monitor greenhouse gas emissions and have eco-sustainable buildings.

Read more @ Planet Inspired: London won the gold medal its sustainability efforts | GroundReport.


Source: The Energy Collective

London is trying it’s best to live up to the goal its set for itself some years back: to hold the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games. There’s no measurable standard to judge what makes something “truly sustainable” (a gold medal to be sure, rather than a bronze “somewhat sustainable”), but that hasn’t stopped the host city from spending plenty of time and money promoting its vision—and one-year legacy plan—to the public. London assures us it’s taking the challenge seriously; it even created the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 to monitor its efforts, which has already urged Olympic organisers to ensure licensed merchandise is ethically sourced. Some highlights include a walkway illuminated by footsteps and reusing over 98% of materials in demolition and construction.

Even some of the 55 Official Bankrollers of the 2012 Olympics—pitching in more than half of the original £2.4 billion budget (it went up to £9.3 billion)—are playing their part (the rest are being naughty or don’t have a good PR team).*

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energy-generating paver

What if you could charge your cell phone (or power your home) by dancing?

Well, you actually can.

A London-based company called Pavegen has created a tile (or energy-generating paver, is how I’m guessing the company name came to be) that creates and stores energy by simply walking (or dancing) on it.

The company deployed a 6-tile array of their tiles at a UK music festival and charged over 1100 mobile phones in one weekend, just by dancing.

The pavers (or tiles) could be placed in high-traffic areas such as train stations, malls, office buildings, and the like to power nearby lights, electronic signs, and more.

As a matter of fact, Pavegen tiles will be installed at a mall near the site of this summer’s London Olympics that will create enough energy to power half of the malls’ outdoor lights.

Check out the video for more info on how the Pavegen tiles work at Eco-Snobbery Sucks.

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