Coverage begins to pick up on the green theme.
First, the announcement that the Olympic Village was “awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Tuesday, certifying it as the greenest, most energy efficient and sustainable neighbourhood on Earth.”
Yup, on Earth. “As far as we know there’s nowhere comparable in the world,” Gregor Robertson said.
I’m looking forward to recognition being given to the Clouds of Change Task Force which, back in 1990, set the course for what has been achieved today.
Also, a quick piece in Fast Times on how the legacies from the Games will subtly transform the city:
… while the Bird’s Nest has sat largely empty since its 2008 debut, the Richmond Oval will become a community recreation center and the centerpiece of a new waterfront neighborhood. Similarly, a curling facility will later be converted into a community center. Indeed, the governing principle in Vancouver seems to have been “leave no trace,” to create multi-use facilities that quietly integrate into the fabric of city life once the games are gone.
There’s also a helpful link to the ten major design elements of the Games, from mascots to medals.