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One of the goals of the 2010 Olympic Games was to be the greenest / most environmentally games ever. Since I have an interest in the environment and sustainability I did a bit of research. I’ve listed a few of the interesting facts I found below:
Richmond Oval’s roof: The enormous (approximately 200m by 100m) roof at the Richmond Oval was made from wood that had been killed by pine beetles. At one time, the wood was thought unusable.
Sliding Centre: If you were wondering why the track at the sliding centre is painted white, it isn’t to look like snow, it’s to minimize the amount heat absorbed.
Medals: Even the gold, silver and bronze medals have an environmental aspect to them. 2.8 million tones of metals from electronics that were headed for a land-fill were used in making the medals.
Making the most of the rain: It’s no secret that Vancouver gets its fair share of rain. May of the new venues will collect rainwater and reuse it for flushing water efficient toilets, heating and even making ice at skating venues.
Whistler Olympic Park: The majority of wood waste generated from the construction of the Whistler Olympic Park was reused to build temporary structures, or to revegetate the area.