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Here’s one of the coolest “fun facts” about the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The medals are made of recycled electronics: Sony Trinitrons (remember those) and old Zenith television sets.

In the interest of making the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC sustainable, the Olympic organization committee has commissioned Teck Resources Ltd. to find the “metals” for the “medals”. Take a read of this article from the Montreal Gazette (Feb 4, 2010).

On top of this, the Organizing committee has set a goal to offset 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emitted by the Games. They’ve teamed up with Offsetters (@offsetters), a renowned BC organization in the area of creating offsetting projects. Programs include working with Green tech companies, reaching out to sponsors and encouraging fans to offset too! (Going to the Games and want to know what your carbon footprint is: try one of Offsetters Carbon calculators).

These Games might very well elevate the Olympic spirit to go beyond human connections, and include connecting to our planet.

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