VANOC releases report and action plan for sustainable 2010 Winter Games



    First Games to integrate social, economic and environmental
    sustainability

    VANCOUVER, June 5 /CNW/ - A major step was taken today towards ensuring
socially, economically and environmentally responsible Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games in 2010 with the release of Vancouver 2010's first Sustainability
Report online at vancouver2010.com.
    The report sets out the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) specific sustainability
commitments and progress reporting system for the next three years as it moves
from planning to operations and ultimately to Games delivery. It includes
accomplishments, success stories and challenges for the 2005-06 reporting
period. It also details progress on initiatives for the 2006-07 reporting
period, 80 per cent of which are complete or already in progress.
    "We are determined to host sustainable Games as promised in our Bid and
every member of our team embraces that commitment," said John Furlong, VANOC
chief executive officer. "Delivering on, and being accountable to, that
promise is the real test, so this first report tells how we are doing, what we
still need to do and how we'll measure our performance."
    "This report defines sustainability for us, namely managing the social,
economic and environmental outcomes of the Games to create lasting benefits
locally and globally," said Linda Coady, VANOC's vice president,
sustainability. "It's a big concept that translates into thousands of efforts
- big and small - that all make a difference. From redesigning Whistler alpine
skiing course to avoid the small tailed frog habitat, to supporting Aboriginal
youth snowboarders, to planning for a social housing legacy from the Vancouver
athletes' village - these and many more projects like them will leave a
Canadian sustainability blueprint for future Olympic and Paralympic hosts to
build upon."
    VANOC is the first Games Organizing Committee to integrate not only
environmental but also social and economic responsibility. Today's report
outlines VANOC's six areas of direct decision-making and actionable authority,
including accountability; environmental stewardship and impact reduction;
social inclusion and responsibility; Aboriginal participation and
collaboration; economic benefits from sustainable practices; and sport for
sustainable living. VANOC is using Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
guidelines, a credible international standard in corporate sustainability
reporting.

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

    A backgrounder is attached.



    
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    BACKGROUNDER


            VANOC releases report and action plan for sustainable
                              2010 Winter Games
    

    Vancouver, BC - The first sustainability report of the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC),
entitled the Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Report 2005-06, has six overall
sustainability performance goals: accountability; environmental stewardship
and impact reduction; social inclusion and responsibility; Aboriginal
participation and collaboration; economic benefits from sustainable practices
and sport for sustainable living.
    Specific sustainability performance highlights and achievements achieved
in each area over the 2005-06 reporting period include:

    
    1. Accountability
       -  Developing of an integrated system for management of all aspects of
          sustainability -- the first Games Organizing Committee to do so;
       -  Integrating responsibility for sustainability performance
          throughout the organization with a:
          -  sustainability management and reporting system (SMRS) that puts
             our Vancouver 2010 Bid Commitments and performance objectives
             into action on a daily basis
          -  corporate sustainability policy (see appendices)
          -  Sustainability Committee which reports to the VANOC Board of
             Directors
          -  Sustainability Board Advisory Committee (2006-07)
          -  complement of established ethical business policies and
             practices.
       -  Engaging with, and being accountable to, a diverse mix of partners
          and stakeholders (pages 21-22)

    2. Environmental Stewardship and Impact Reduction
       -  VANOC and our venue partners applied green building criteria to
          venue and site design (this includes a focus on buildings that
          consume less energy and water, have superior indoor air quality and
          produce less waste)
       -  Altering sections of the Dave Murray Downhill course, at Whistler
          Mountain, to protect tailed frogs and their in-stream habitat
          (page 32)
       -  Achieving "No Net Loss" in habitat along streams and creeks at the
          Whistler Nordic Venue in the Callaghan Valley - for every hectare
          we affected, we protected 16 (page 35)
       -  Reducing the overall footprint of the Whistler Nordic Venue by
          30 per cent creating a better design for the environment, athletes
          and Games-time spectators and leaving an improved legacy for
          competitive and recreational users (page 29)
       -  Relocating the Baden-Powell Trail at Cypress Provincial Park to a
          wooded area with greater ecological value, providing both shade and
          the possibility of an educational experience for trail users
          (page 22)

    3. Social Inclusion and Responsibility
       -  In cooperation with the City of Vancouver, VANOC is adding to the
          city's social housing inventory by planning for 250 units in the
          Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Village, where the athletes and
          team officials will reside at Games time
       -  Engaging inner-city businesses and residents to provide goods and
          services, including office supplies, collection and recycling of
          beverage containers and janitorial services (pages 44 and 69)
       -  Establishing a contingency fund to help manage any potential spike
          in homelessness during the Games
       -  Developing guidelines for barrier-free accommodations and barrier-
          free venues
       -  Promoting transportation guidelines that reduce community impact,
          encourage walking, cycling, carpooling and the use of public
          transit

    4. Aboriginal Participation and Collaboration
       -  Signing an historic protocol between VANOC and the Four Host
          First Nations (FHFN) defining our work together to stage the 2010
          Winter Games and marking the first time a Games Organizing
          Committee has entered into a partnership with Indigenous peoples
       -  Collaborating with Bell Canada to support the development of the
          Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, creating employment
          opportunities and leaving cultural legacies (page 58)
       -  Supporting programs to encourage Aboriginal youth to pursue sport
          excellence. The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund, as part of the
          Shared Legacies Agreement, funds the Aboriginal Youth Talent
          Identification events, a High Performance Athlete Assistance Grant,
          a post-secondary Scholarship Program and the First Nations
          Snowboard Team (page 55)
       -  Showcasing Aboriginal history, arts, culture and languages at
          VANOC events and throughout the Games, including
          -  at the launch of the Official Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter
             Games Emblem
          -  at the Closing Ceremony of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games
          -  the development of Aboriginal recruitment and procurement
             strategies.

    5. Economic Benefits from Sustainable Practices
       -  Incorporating sustainable purchasing and ethical practices
          (Buy Smart) into VANOC's Corporate Procurement Policy
       -  Developing a Licensee Code of Conduct to ensure suppliers of
          licensed merchandise meet credible standards for ethical and social
          compliance
       -  Supporting the growth of First Nations Businesses, including
          Resource Business Ventures and Newhaven Construction (page 71)

    6. Sport for Sustainable Living
       -  VANOC's federal and provincial government partners established a
          $110 million trust (known as the Games Operating Trust) to provide
          funding support for the operating and capital maintenance funding
          costs of the Richmond Oval, Whistler Nordic Venue and the Whistler
          Sliding Centre to leave a continuing legacy for development of
          high-performance athletes and provide ongoing recreational sports
          facilities
    

    To view or download the Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Report 2005-06
visit vancouver2010.com.



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    VANOC Sustainability Report 2005/06
    Reviews

    "This first sustainability report from VANOC sets a standard which many
companies would be hard-pressed to emulate even in today's world where
Corporate Sustainability Reporting is gaining so much attention. The
environmental strategy is sound and well thought-out. Early results on the
ground, primarily venue construction, are encouraging and the report also lays
out the next steps and challenges ahead in a transparent manner. This report
sets a new standard in terms of strategic thinking and transparency on the
environment and sustainability for Olympic and Paralympic organising
committees."

    Chris Elliott Ph.D
    Vice President
    Pacific Region
    WWF Canada
    1588-409 Granville St
    Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2
    (604) 678-5152
    Fax (604) 678 5155
    Email: celliott@wwfcanada.org
    website: www.wwf.ca
    www.saveourclimate.ca

    "Sustainability has become a key part of the mandate for all Olympic and
Paralympic Organising Committees; for London 2012 it is great to be able to
work closely with our Vancouver counterparts; to share ideas and experience in
this fast-developing field; and to help build the profile of sustainability
across the Olympic and Paralympic Movement."

    David Stubbs,
    Head of Environment and Sustainable Development
    The London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
    http://www.london2012.com
    +44 203 2012 028
    david.stubbs@london2012.com

    "VANOC's Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Report 2005-06 represents an
excellent first attempt at triple bottom line reporting. The commitment to
sustainability and intent to listen to, work with and incorporate feedback
from stakeholders comes through loud and clear throughout the document. The
report is well structured and immediately sets out the company's mission,
vision, values and definition of sustainability. These provide the foundation
for the report, also demonstrating that sustainability has been strategically
integrated into all of VANOC's business considerations and operations."

    Kathrin Bohr
    Vice President, Member Development
    Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
    416 703-7435
    kathrin@cbsr.ca

    "This report on sustainability is very important to the Four Host First
Nations. By working with VANOC and its partners we are ensuring that the 2010
Games are a success and that they respect our protocols and traditions within
our territories. We are fully involved in all aspects of the planning and
staging of the Games. The Games experience will truly be enhanced by ensuring
that Indigenous Peoples from across the country have access to opportunities
to benefit from the Games. This report accurately reflects the very positive
nature of our partnership."

    Tewanee Joseph
    Executive Director and CEO
    Four Host First Nations
    tewanee.joseph@shaw.ca
    604 230 3126

    "The Fraser Basin Council is pleased that VANOC is using sustainability
indicators and targets to measure and report on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. We are also pleased that VANOC has clarified those
outcomes it can directly control, and where it has influence along with
others."

    
    Bob Purdy
    Director, Corporate Development
    Fraser Basin Council
    1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC, V6C 1V5
    Voice: 604.488-5355
    Fax:   604.488-5351
    Cell:  604.351-9296
    Bob Purdy (bpurdy@fraserbasin.bc.ca)
    

    "Covenant House Vancouver is impressed with the progress made to date by
the Partners to uphold the ICI Commitments. The purchase of ten SRO hotels by
the Provincial government partner, with the added benefit of on-site supports,
will ensure safer housing options for homeless youth who access this type of
service. Supportive housing set aside within the Olympic Village is a good
first step toward providing affordable housing for families in need. We are
optimistic that the Partner's commitment to legacy benefits for the inner city
will have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable young people - now and
in the years to come."

    Krista K. Thompson
    Executive Director
    Covenant House Vancouver
    326 West Pender Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6B 1T1
    (604) 647-4480 ext. 25
    Krista K. Thompson (kthompson@covenanthousebc.org)

    "I would like to say that VANOC is doing a good job in creating
unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the 2010 Olympics. Considering
Aboriginal participation is so new, everything we do together is a new and
unique experience. This hasn't been done before, so we are all making our way
together. We are figuring it out as we go, we are working on this together,
and that is unprecedented!"

    Chief Leah George-Wilson
    ldgeorge@twnation.ca
    (604) 924-4166





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For further information: Media Contacts, Chris Brumwell, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6269; Mary Fraser, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-3667

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