Posts Tagged ‘WinterOlympics’

Sochi Olympics 2014

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
  • “Among the many ways that sustainability has been defined, the simplest and most fundamental is: “the ability to sustain” or, put another way, “the capacity to endure.” © 2010 SustainAbilityCompany

I believe the plans for a sustainable hallmark event are possible. Having the Olympic Games in the city is a great way to bring in people from all around the world. This is usually a good thing for such a beautiful place. The businesses in the area also thrive around and during this time because of all the people. Hotels and restaurants become flooded and even small businesses as well.

“The Sochi 2014 Sustainability Award <<Gateway to the Future>> for contributions to sustainable positive changes within the staging of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (hereinafter-Games, Award) was created to recognize significant social, environmental, and economic contributions”

Russia has some main objectives for a healthy lifestyle. They are trying to promote it, develop medical support for professional sport, and give security and health to employees and participants in large events. To do this they are pushing to make a healthy lifestyle, physical education and sport more popular, making it more available for the youth to participate, wanting to stage more large scale entertainment of sport, and

“Developing a system of medical services and increasing the quality of medical services provided in the framework of the preparation and staging of the Games.”

Because they are trying to do all of this I see this being one aspect that makes them a good, sustainable place for holding the winter Olympics.

Of course with so many people in the city it will be a challenge to keep it clean. The 2014 Winter Olympics were supposed to be free of waste but sadly that failed. Any amount of recycling and reusing from an event so big can be huge though.

In conclusion, I certainly see a range of struggles that will be faced in preparing these games but I believe it will be made possible.

Russi-ing to the next Olympics…

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

With the next Winter Olympics approaching in less than 100 days and the Paralympics under 120 days, Sochi is excited and ready for their first ever held Winter Olympics…..

Time to get a little excited:

And a view of the beautiful country and the Olympic project progress:


With the responsibility of hosting such a huge event, comes goals and visions that are desirable to obtain in terms of reflecting their country.

The mission of the Sochi 2014 Olympic project is to organize and stage innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will express the character of the new Russia and bring sustainable positive changes for the entire country.

According to the Sochi’s Olympic/Paralympics Organizing Committee the “sustainable positive changes” from that quote can be defined as “as the implementation of programs, activities and other efforts aimed at creating long-lasting positive social, economic and environmental benefits with efficient use of resources and state-of-the-art development management technologies.”

The Games Mission consists of nine elements-known as The Russian Diamond. Those include:

  1. Excellence
  2. Efficiency
  3. Integration
  4. Hospitality
  5. Unity
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Respect
  8. Legacy
  9. Harmony

Sochi 2014

But the question stands: Are the strategies that the Sochi organizing committee outlined for a sustainable hallmark event achievable? 

According to Joanna M. Foster from Climate Process, wrote an article expressing her worry about Sochi’s “Zero Waste” program meaning “out of sight.” Villagers have complained about illegal dumping and reports have shown this isn’t the first time Russia has been accused of not living up to its Olympic Sustainability promises.

I believe that it is great to address and discuss all their visions, projects and plans to achieve the goals. But if they are going to be effective with their visions, they must follow The Russian Diamond as well and be honest with themselves as well as the world. Some points need a reasonable, measurable way on determining if things are going to plan. But I support and believe that we are going in the right direction with this upcoming Olympics/Paralympics by establishing an effective use of resources and technologies to successfully conduct a positive social, economic and environmental benefit and still expressing the beautiful culture of the country.

Below is the Sochi 2014 Sustainability Report:

So,chi? Or So, no? 2014 games could be in the dumps

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Sochi has set up a list of criteria to meet in order to not only be ready for the 2014 games but also produce a sustainable economy, environment, and social sphere after commencement of the games.

The project is not a standalone action/event but it has a mid-term/long-term planning horizon, the project contributes to create tools and assets that will work and have a long-term positive impact in the area of project implementation.

In terms of the projects they have set up to help with the sustainability plan, this includes objectives such as youth engagement, healthy living, and harmony with nature. Of these I feel the healthy living objective will prove to be the most sustainable. In this project Sochi has come up with a “Green Marathon” where people of all ages and fitness levels can compete, which promotes physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Along with running the marathons the event consists of trees being planted all along the trail to renew resources and keep the environment prospering.

The project enabled all participants, regardless of their age or fitness levels, to feel part of the Olympic Games and make their own personal contribution to the preservation of the natural heritage of Russia.

The part of Sochi’s sustainability plan that has shown to have controversy involves their Zero-Waste pledge for the building of and during the Games.  In October of 2013 some IOC members found that there was illegal dumping of concrete slabs and other waste in Akhshtyr, a landfill just north of Sochi. The illegal dumping in this region could cause water contamination to the host city, hence why it has caused so much concern. The local organizations recognized in this event were supposedly fined, says the Sochi committee and Russian organizers. With this I don’t believe that Sochi is being honest in their complete effort towards their sustainability plan.

One of Sochi’s sustainability projects that I find most interesting is their Beer Watch project. In this, they’re monitoring compliance with the rules of selling beer; it has been running throughout Russia since 2008.

The initiative seeks to limit the access of minors to alcohol, and involves retail outlets across the country displaying a special sticker sign, «Are you 18? Prove it!»

Part of the goal is to identify sellers who are not obeying the laws and get them out of the business. Those who do follow the rules are encouraged to sell <Beer Watch> souvenirs to encourage others to follow the rules as well. This project has involved over 160 tests of around 1800 retail outlets and dozens of violations were discovered. I think this project is not only healthy because of discouraging under age drinking but can be very sustainable past the 2014 Games. It has a simple goal with many ways to achieve that goal either by getting rid of those who don’t obey the law or simply having cameras to make sure all retailers card the buyers. With it’s simplicity, I believe sustainability will be achieved.

Sochi has done an excellent job to map out all of their goals of sustainability and discuss the ways they are trying to achieve those goals. Although some projects may need a second look or follow up to make sure Russian committees and Sochi are complying, I feel most of their projects are going according to plan and will be sustainable past the games in 2014.

Sochi: Is it worth it to host the Olympic Games?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I think the plans for sustainability are achievable because they are using the most of the opportunities that they are given and principles to follow a design to be able to have sustainable development. This development creates positive change within a country, because countries gain many positive aspects when they host the Olympic Games in their city.

Sustainability means creating long-term positive change in the social, economic and environmental spheres, based on effective use of the resource potential for all Russians both today and tomorrow.

Hosting Olympic Games allow cities to gain potential and change in their economic standings, along with the environment and social aspects. The economic aspect is affected because there are many people and tourists that come to watch and participate in the Olympics. The hotels, businesses, and restaurants are all positively impacted by the Olympic people.

Sustainable development is a process based on the combination of economic growth, social development and environmental protection. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present, while not jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainable development is a smart plan and definitely something needed to help the countries that host the Olympic Games. It focuses greatly on the three aspects: economic, environment, and social.

Is it worth hosting the Olympics?

Approximately 80% of cities in which the Games were held after 1972 are now among the 200 most popular cities in the world. The Games in 1992 helped Barcelona to become one of the world’s major tourist centres.

I definitely think that it is worth it hosting the Olympic games because it helps with the economic status of a country, especially when statistics show that 80% of cities after the Olympic games have become the most popular in the world. Knowing this as well as all of the sustainable developments that the organizing committee puts together goes to show that all of the plans for sustainability are achievable.