London 2012 Sustainable Games Featured In Mayor’s Future London Campaign
Key elements of London 2012’s sustainable Games are to be displayed in a dynamic temporary arena that resembles a constellation of planets designed around London’s concept ‘Towards a One Planet Olympics’ theme for the 2012 Games, developed in partnership with WWF and BioRegional during the Bid.
"The London Olympic and Paralympic Games will leave a lasting legacy of community benefits including new venues and infrastructure, thousands of new jobs, affordable housing, skills and employment programmes and the biggest new community parkland in Europe for 150 years,” said London 2012 Chairman, Sebastian Coe.
“This will lead to important social and economic benefits and increased community participation and inclusion and help to advance the Mayor's plans for London's future as a city based around sustainable development," he said.
"The London 2012 Games will also provide a platform to help address global issues such as climate change and inspire future generations to improve the planet's environment."
London 2012 organisers are developing strategies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases through energy efficient design, carbon offsetting, use of renewable energy, environmentally friendly transport and management of green spaces for the benefit of the planet’s climate.
The London 2012 arena is one of a number of innovative arenas in the ‘Future London: Footprints of a Generation’ installation-centred campaign designed to promote green living in London and to help prepare the capital as a more sustainable green city for the 2012 Games and beyond.
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone said, "I am determined that the Olympic and Paralympic Games helps to make London a more sustainable city. Future London: Footprints of a Generation offers an inspiring insight into how we can 'green' our lifestyles and our city. By making informed choices about how we live our lives now we can help avert catastrophic climate change. London is already establishing itself as a leading 'green' city - we all need to build on this success to build a better future for us all.”
The new installation will be open to the public from tomorrow at the Truman Brewery in East London until 16th September before moving to the Science Museum from 25th September – 1st October.
Seb Coe also outlined plans to use the London 2012 Games as a catalyst to regenerate some of the UK’s most physically under developed areas to HRH The Prince of Orange of the Netherlands and the Dutch Minister of Housing and the Environment during a visit to the Olympic Park construction site in east London’s Lower Lea Valley.
Accompanied by Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron, Coe, highlighted areas earmarked in the Park where permanent new venues will be adapted for the use of local communities after the Games to the Prince, an IOC member, who has a strong interest in community regeneration and design.
Following the Olympic Park site visit, the Dutch Minister Sybilla Dekker said: "The Olympic Park is being developed using best practice in spatial quality - getting the best value in terms of the function of the site, the experience of users, future use and sustainability. I am impressed that the planning and layout of the Park addresses usage and legacy after the Games, which is of great importance."
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