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SOCOG Environment Report — Turning Green into Gold: making an environmental vision a reality July 1999
The level of commitment to the environment contained in Sydney's Bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games presents a considerable challenge to SOCOG in its organisation of the Games. This Report provides a background to the emerging issue of sport, environment and the Olympic Games, then goes on to describe SOCOG's five-pronged strategy for meeting this challenge — corporate commitment, integration, partnerships, education and communication. The Report also contains progress reports on key issues, including venue operations, waste management, transport, merchandise and the torch, as well as on the community project Olympic Landcare, the research project Olympic Greenhouse Challenge and the Olympic Sponsors Environment Network.
The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Integrated Waste Management Solution — a waste management and resource recovery strategy for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games October 1998
Given Sydney's strong commitment to the environment, it is important that the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games is not just clean — it must be clean and green. This means that SOCOG has to take an integrated approach to waste management so as to minimise the amount of waste created, and reuse or reprocess as much of it as possible. The Sydney 2000 Olympic Integrated Waste Management Solution (PDF - file 1.4Mb ) provides a blueprint for Sydney to achieve this aim. The document provides the philosophical framework for the strategy, in terms of the underlying concepts of "100 per cent responsibility" and the perception of waste as a "secondary resource", then describes the five elements of the strategy — a waste management policy, a packaging and foodware specification, a generic waste plan, an education plan and data gathering and reporting procedures.
First Olympic Greenhouse Report June 1998
In recognition of the importance of greenhouse as an issue for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, SOCOG signed a Greenhouse Challenge Agreement with the Federal Government and commenced its Olympic Greenhouse Challenge project in November 1997. The project aims to estimate and measure greenhouse gas emissions from energy use, waste and transport, as well as the capacity of Olympic-related tree planting to absorb greenhouse gases. This First Olympic Greenhouse Report (PDF - file 6.3Mb) describes the project, scopes the issues and provides five case studies.
Environmental Guidelines for a Summer Olympic Games 1993
This document Environmental Guidelines (PDF - file 55Kb), prepared by the Sydney Bid Company, was submitted with Sydney's Bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games. It contains over 100 commitments in the five key areas of energy conservation, water conservation, waste minimisation, pollution avoidance and protection of the natural environment.
Putting on the show
On any given day during the Sydney Olympic Games, up to 500,000 spectators and workers will travel to Sydney Olympic Park, more than 100,000 to Darling Harbour, and large numbers of athletes, officials and spectators to satellite venues. During peak competition this will amount to more than 1.2 million individual trips.
this impact is significantly reduced, all spectators will use public transport to travel to and from venues. In fact, the ticketing system has been specially designed so that anybody purchasing a ticket to an Olympic event also receives a pass to travel free on Olympic transport routes for the entire day. Many of the buses set aside for this purpose will be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) which is less polluting than petrol or diesel.
In an effort to reduce unnecessary travel time, all athletes will be housed in the Olympic Village adjacent to Olympic Park, and almost all competition venues are located within a half-hour driving radius of Sydney Olympic Park.