30 Jul '12, 6pm

Q. and A.: Greening the London Olympics

Q. and A.: Greening the London Olympics

Getty Images Cyclists from New Zealand practicing at the Velodrome on Friday at the Olympic Games in London. Planners ensured that the track was constructed from sustainably harvested wood. Efforts to minimize the environmental impact of large-scale sporting events were “conspicuously absent” until Lillehammer played host to the 1994 Olympic Games in Norway, the United Nations Environment Program says. Responding to concerns raised by local environmental groups, Lillehammer’s organizers came up with a number of strategies, including a unique system for retrieving and recycling the bullets used in the shooting events. For their efforts, they received the U.N.E.P. Global 500 Award for setting a new environmental standard. London2012.com David Stubbs, head of sustainability for the Olympic organizing committee in London. That standard has steadily evolved ever since, and toda...

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