Do your part

Carbon Management

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) has embraced the opportunity – and the responsibility – to take action on climate change by aspiring to be a carbon neutral Games. Through aggressive emissions reduction efforts and offsetting what cannot be reduced or eliminated, VANOC will achieve a carbon neutral direct footprint. In addition, VANOC invites partners, sponsors and spectators to help reduce the indirect footprint of the Games by offsetting a portion of their own Games-time travel.

Everyone has a role to play
One way to do your part for a carbon neutral Games is to calculate your carbon footprint, try to reduce it as much as possible, then purchase offsets for any remaining carbon emissions. Air travel is the single biggest contributor to our Games time carbon emissions and the biggest part of your carbon footprint. To learn more about how you can help reduce the carbon footprint of the 2010 Winter Games, visit

Games-time tips

Here are some key strategies for you to consider when you attend the 2010 Winter Games to help us meet our sustainability objectives: 

  • Choose an alternate mode of transportation to get around, whether you’re attending Games events or moving about the region. Lots of options – including expanded public transit, pedestrian and cycling routes and rideshare/carpool programs – are available. Learn more about transportation options for the Games.
  • Practice the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) using the bins provided at all Games venues.
  • Take only what you need. In order to reduce your need for paper guides as much as possible, will feature all the information you need to enjoy the 2010 Winter Games experience.
  • Use travel mugs (reusable mugs) instead of disposable cups wherever possible. You can find many varieties at the Olympic Store! Visit
  • Respect venue communities and their residents: pay attention to parking and traffic restrictions, dispose of recyclables and garbage appropriately, limit noise levels on residential streets, enjoy the diversity of both people and environment that the host region offers.
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