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How Green a Games Will Each of the Four Olympic Contenders Give?

Posted by Connie Zheng In Friday, October 2 2009 under: Sustainability, Solar Interest Stories, international solar, Olympics

Will the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics be Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro or Madrid? That’s the question the International Olympic Committee will answer this evening in Copenhagen, where it will assemble to hear each candidate give a final presentation and then elect the winning city in a secret ballot. While political, economic and structural issues factor heavily into the decision, there’s also been an increasing focus on sustainability, with each city pledging acts of greenness in the event of victory. Here’s a look at what each aspiring Olympic host (or, in the case of Tokyo, repeat Olympic host) has to offer on that front:

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Solar Olympic Close-ups

Posted by Connie Zheng In Tuesday, August 19 2008 under: international solar, china, Olympics

Having just returned from watching several events at the Beijing Olympics, I feel that this is a good a time as ever to post some pictures of the Olympic venues I’ve visited. As 80 to 90 percent of the streetlights around the Olympic venues are solar, and solar power provides around 8 million kilowatt-hours of energy for Beijing’s Olympic facilities, it wouldn’t be far-fetched for me to declare solar one of the heavyweights in the renewable energy playground of these Games. Below, some quick glances:

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