VANOC unveils legacies

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VANOC, organiser of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games has released its latest report looking at what legacies the event can expect to create for Vancouver and Canada.

Newly trained inner–city carpenters, improved working standards at factories and eco–friendly sports centres built for the enjoyment of both the local community and world–class athletes are just a few of the examples of sustainable legacies from the Games contained in the third annual corporate Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Report. During the report's period of analysis, VANOC started hosting international Sport Events at Vancouver 2010 venues in Whistler and Vancouver, opened the RONA Vancouver 2010 Fabrication Shop in Vancouver's inner city and launched the Vancouver 2010 Aboriginal Licensing and Merchandising Programme with the Four Host First Nations. On the environmental side, VANOC continues to develop environmental management plans for operational venues, pursue energy and water conservation initiatives and track the carbon dioxide emissions from Games–based activities. Fifty per cent of spending by VANOC went to local suppliers in Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor, while a further 43% went to companies in British Columbia (BC) and the rest of Canada. Over C$8. 8m in contracts went to Aboriginal businesses. VANOC continued to monitor and audit its licensees and their supply chains to ensure they complied with relevant legal requirements, respected the rights of workers and protected the environment. The Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Report 2007–08 examines VANOC's performance in six key areas under the organising committee's direct control: accountability, environmental stewardship and impact reduction, social inclusion and responsibility, Aboriginal participation and collaboration, economic benefits and sport for sustainable living. It also discusses the organising committee's challenges and future plans on sustainability issues. Areas indicating progress by VANOC in the 2007–08 report include:• Construction of venues that feature energy–efficiency, low environmental impact and social inclusion attributes •Full compliance with environmental regulations•Full compliance with VANOC's ethics policy•Continued focus on energy conservation and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions•Growth of pre–Games volunteer numbers from 183 to 435•C$1. 16m spent on services and products from 23 inner–city businesses•Launch of the Aboriginal Sport Gallery at BC Sports Hall of Fame•187 audits conducted on licensee factories; 148 corrective actions initiated•31 'triple bottom line' related innovations identifiedSustainability performance areas the organizing committee says it is aiming to build on and/or focus on during the next 12 months include:•Submitting applications for LEED certification for Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler Paralympic Park's day lodge, The Whistler Sliding Centre refrigeration building and Whistler Village high–performance centre•Finalising transportation and power plans•Finalising and implementing waste management efforts•With the City of Vancouver, BC and Canada, further develop a plan for managing Games–time impacts on inner–city neighbourhoods•Implementing a third cohort of trainees to the RONA Vancouver 2010 Fabrication Shop carpentry programme•Seeking additional carbon emission reductions and finalising VANOC's carbon offset programme•Following up on factory audits and monitoring the corrective action plans of licensees•Continuing to raise awareness through the Paralympic school day programme•Diverting further waste from landfill•Conducting training and recruitment and identifying business opportunities for inner–city residents and businesses, Aboriginal communities, persons with a disability, and social and environmental enterprises•Convening the World Conference on Sport and the Environment in March 2009•Showcasing Vancouver 2010 Games–related sustainability innovations generated by VANOC, partners and sponsorsTo measure its performance, the organising committee uses the sustainability reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI is an internationally established standard for corporate reporting on the "triple bottom line" of an organisation's economic, social and environmental performance. It is aligned with several worldwide sustainability initiatives and is used by leading corporations in the private sector and is recognised by the United Nations. VANOC intends to issue two more sustainability reports–one next year before the start of the Games and another following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The report, which covers VANOC's performance against its sustainability commitments between 1 August 2007 and 31 July 2008, is available online at www. vancouver2010. com.

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