VANOC continues rigorous adherence to sustainability goals for 2010: report

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Long after the Olympians and Paralympians pack
away their medals and return home, the legacy of the 2010 Winter Games will
endure in the 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.
    These are just a few of the examples of sustainable legacies from the
Games contained in the third annual corporate Vancouver 2010 Sustainability
Report released today by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The report, which covers VANOC's
performance against its sustainability commitments between August 1, 2007 and
July 31, 2008, is available online at
    "As an organization, we have made sustainability central to everything we
do," VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong expressed in the opening
remarks of the report. "In every decision we make in our day-to-day work -
small or large - sustainability is a value that is top-of-mind for our team,
never an exception. This report addresses each of our sustainability
performance objectives, our short- and long-term goals and what we're doing to
meet them."
    During this reporting period, 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 Program 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
    Fifty per cent of spending by VANOC went to local suppliers in Vancouver
and the Sea to Sky corridor, while a further 43 per cent went to companies in
British Columbia (BC) and the rest of Canada. Over $8.8 million 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 organizing 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
organizing committee's challenges and future plans on sustainability issues.
    "The report continues to be the communication tool to engage with
stakeholders internally and externally on our performance, plans and
opportunities for improvement. We have listened and, where we can, have taken
action," said Ann Duffy, VANOC's corporate sustainability officer. "Our team
conducted 144 engagements ranging from public consultations, information
sharing, advice seeking and shared decision-making sessions. These
conversations reinforced how important it is for us to demonstrate leadership
on sustainability issues, especially in these tough economic times, as a way
to showcase how sustainability can generate environmental, social and economic
outcomes that support positive long-term legacies."
    The Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Report 2007-08 reflects input from the
general public; from non-governmental organizations specializing in the inner
city, the environment, sustainability, disability issues, and labour and human
rights issues; and VANOC's own staff. While developing the report, VANOC also
consulted with its government partners, corporate sponsors and its
multi-stakeholder advisory committee.
    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 (for more
        detail, refer to the Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Report available
    -   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
    -   $1.16 million spent on services and products from 23 inner-city
    -   Launch of the Aboriginal Sport Gallery at BC Sports Hall of Fame
    -   187 audits conducted on licensee factories; 148 corrective actions
    -   31 "triple bottom line" related innovations identified

    Sustainability 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
    -   Finalizing transportation and power plans
    -   Finalizing 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 program
    -   Seeking additional carbon emission reductions and finalizing VANOC's
        carbon offset program
    -   Following up on factory audits and monitoring the corrective action
        plans of licensees
    -   Continuing to raise awareness through the Paralympic school day
    -   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
    -   Convening the World Conference on Sport and the Environment in March
    -   Showcasing Vancouver 2010 Games-related sustainability innovations
        generated by VANOC, partners and sponsors

    To measure its performance, the organizing 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 organization'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
recognized 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.
    Two versions of the report are available: a shorter "snapshot" version
for readers interested in a summary and a longer, more technical version for
those who want more detail. Both versions are available at

    About VANOC

    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. Visit

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For further information: Media Contacts: Erin Mikaluk, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-2471,

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