Foot power lights up Olympic walkway

Olympic athletes like Usain Bolt will be hoping their foot power can snag them a gold medal this summer. But a million spectators will also be putting their feet to good use with foot-powered lighting at the Games. A temporary bridge leading to the Olympic Park from West Ham station will be lit round-the-clock by […]

Recycled sewage replaces drinking water

Recycled wastewater will help irrigate the London 2012 Olympic Park, saving good quality drinking water. The Secretary of State for the Environment opened a £7m facility, the biggest ‘black water’ treatment works in Britain. Caroline Spelman said: “Projects like this, which safely recycle water and prevent the need for fresh water to be used where […]

Olympics site fails to hit renewables target

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has failed to achieve one of its sustainability targets because of technical issues. The ODA was meant to have 20% of the Olympic Park’s energy sourced from renewable energy from 2014 but it only managed 9%. Speaking at The Energy Event in Birmingham’s NEC today, Richard Jackson, who was responsible […]

Olympics pin-badges reward sustainable workers

Olympic site workers were encouraged to be more efficient with the appeal of exclusive pin badges. This was one of the novel measures that the Olympic Delivery Authority put in place to make the London 2012 Games more sustainable. Only 1,000 were made and awarded to winners (one pictured), said Richard Jackson, joking that in […]

Olympics green legacy: one year to go

A year from today the world’s gaze will be trained on the biggest sporting event on the planet, and as the countdown begins, the Olympics’ green legacy has been saluted by the Environment Agency. The head of the UK government agency that deals with rivers, flooding and pollution, said their work with the Olympic Delivery […]