The 2014 Olympic Games may be 3 years away but Sochi is already bringing in the awards. Sochi 2014 was just given the “Environment and Sustainability Award” at London’s International Sports Event Management Awards. This is a new award that recognizes sports events that emphasize environment awareness.
Key notes speaker and Sochi 2014 President and CEO, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said:
“We are very grateful for the recognition. We do realize that this is a credit to all the work that Sochi 2014 have done in the field of sustainability and environment, including our initiatives in green standards, barrier-free environments and volunteer program. It gives us the drive and determination to continue our hard work and dedicate further focus on the legacy that the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games will leave across the Russian nation.”
The Sustainable Development Program for Sochi 2014 is making noticeable efforts with its barrier-free environment for disabled persons, a volunteer program of 25,000 volunteers, and the Cultural Olympiad (which works to provide the country’s best cultural events).
Sochi 2014 has also become a center of ecological innovations as the first city in Russia to practice “green” construction and city planning standards. The Games will be using a special system of natural environment preservation to ensure the improvement of the Krasnodar region.
Additionally, Sochi 2014 is continuing to focus on healthy living, boosted by their partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). Sochi is planning on hosting a tobacco-free Games to protect all participants and volunteers from the detrimental effects of smoking.