Blog Pick of the Week: The Greening of the Olympics
The magic of the Olympics is moving into the second week in London. As we watch all the events and cheer on the athletes, it occurred to me that the Olympics is a HUGE procurement engine. There are many people to feed and services to provide in order to make this world event come off smoothly. And if done right, it can help contain costs and also keep the environment from getting crushed with waste and pollutants. We are all responsible and working increasing towards sustainable sourcing results.
I read this article in the New York Times and it shared some interesting insights. Keeping the environment in mind has been evolving since the 1994 Games in Norway.
The largest carbon footprint is from the construction materials themselves, not the food, travel or waste. London has put together a long term vision of how to utilize the permanent structures after the Games have concluded. The remaining temporary structures were constructed carefully to be able to reuse or recycle the materials.
Of course all of this has economic and social factors to consider. And when it really comes down to it, the athletes must come first. Quality of the product or service is still a high expectation.
Have you had the opportunity to procure for a large event such as the Olympics? What factors did you need to consider for sustainability? Any tips or tricks you can share?