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  • 06.04.10

Will the London Olympics Live Up to Its Green Ambitions?

Everywhere you look, London’s 2012 Olympics have scrapped or hedged on some aspect of their environmental goals, casting doubt on whether there’s even such a thing as Green Games.

Aquatics Centre

 Last month, it was the little wind farm.
A week ago, the waste management infrastructure. Now,
it’s a 427-foot wind turbine once slated for Olympic Park. Everywhere
you look, London’s 2012 Olympics have scrapped or hedged on some
aspect of their environmental goals, casting doubt on whether there’s
even such a thing as Green Games.

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Velodrome

In
many ways, it’s an old story. Ask anyone in Montreal or Athens, and
they’ll tell you, the Olympics are a high-stakes gamble, and the house
almost always wins. London, with its lofty environmentalism, was supposed to be different. It still might be. But time’s starting to run out. And Almost Green Games just doesn’t have the same ring.

[Via UK Guardian]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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