London shows the world how to host a greener, more sustainable Olympics.
Sustainability at the heart of the Games- ‘from brown to green’
From the outset of the project, the Olympic Park has set new standards in sustainability, including the delivery of lightweight venues, the recycling or reuse of waste materials, using concrete with a high recycled content, and delivering materials by rail or water. We have achieved new standards for a project of this size and scale and have raised the bar for the industry.
Via Environmental News Service:
London Olympics Clears Sustainability Hurdles
LONDON, UK, July 31, 2012 (ENS) – The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games has met the vast majority of its sustainability targets, says the United Nations official in charge of helping Olympic Games host cities produce events that protect the environment and make smart use of their resources.
London’s Temporary Olympic Stadium, Built for Change
The whole environmental sustainability agenda is incredibly important for these buildings,” [architect] Sheard says. Forty percent of the 80,000-seat venue’s concrete is recycled aggregate, and the stadium is one of the lightest of its size. “If you build less, you’ve got a smaller carbon footprint,” the architect says. Built with just over 10,000 tons of steel, the stadium is far lighter than similarly sized buildings, which normally require five to ten times as much.
Is Sustainability good for business?
But where are the facts to back this claim up?
Sustainable Business consultancy Natural Capital Solutions has created an annotated report of studies that prove the business case for Sustainability.
“This document is a resource to help you understand how business leaders can profit by integrating sustainability into their strategy and value-chain while securing a competitive advantage.
This annotated list describes the ever-growing number of studies, most by conventional management consulting houses, academic institutions and similar establishment entities that prove this assertion.”
Sustainability Pays: Studies That Prove the Business Case for Sustainability
Many thanks to Natural Capital Solutions for a useful reference tool for Sustainability practitioners and students.
Integrated Reporting is putting all your cards on the table.
Integrated reporting is the practice of including all the important financial and non-financial factors, such as environmental impact and community actions, in one report.
It provides a fuller, clearer accounting picture of a company’s overall performance and future plans for success.
Harvard professor Robert G. Eccles has written extensively on the science and practice of integrated reporting.
Read his Summer 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review article (co-authored by Daniela Saltzman) for a comprehensive introduction to the topic.
Achieving Sustainability Through Integrated Reporting
What does front-and-center Sustainability look like?
New Ford focus? Automaker says sustainability is Job One
The company’s global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters, John Viera, tells GreenBiz the issue of sustainability “has moved from the periphery to the center of our strategy for succeeding in the marketplace and helping to address global challenges.We understand that business practices focused on energy efficiency, sustainable materials, human rights and consumer safety are the key to the continued growth of our company and quality of life worldwide.”
This bold declaration for the future embraces a today-and-tomorrow strategy by making traditional fuel engines more efficient while also innovating new electric technologies.
I’ll be following closely to see how pronouncements match up with reality.