The Host Society for the 2017 Canada Summer Games has made a commitment to incorporate sustainability principles, strategies and actions into its planning and delivery activities for the Games. One of the most common definitions of sustainable development is from the 1987 Brundtland Commission which describes it as “...meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. At it’s core, is the concept of understanding and balancing the social, economic and environmental impacts of our decision making. In this context, environmental concerns include the natural surroundings in which an organization operates, including air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, and people, as well as their interrelationships. Social and economic concerns include labour practices, fair operating practices, purchasing and consumer issues, and community involvement and development.
The Sustainability Framework set out by the 2017 Games Host Society should ensure that social, economic and environmental impacts from the Games are addressed; benefits should be measured, and supporting organizations should be enabled to leverage the 2017 Games to further their own sustainability goals.
Sustainability commitments for the 2017 Games are guided by four key premises:
1. Observing applicable requirements under the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z2010-10“Requirements and Guidance for Organizers of Sustainable Events”: This standard supports:
a. ethical behaviour, accountability, and transparency;
b. engagement of the community and local stakeholders;
c. positive benefits for the environment and society;
d. accessible and inclusive setting;
e. safe and secure atmosphere and facilities for spectators, participants, and workers;
f. excellent customer/client experience; and
g. a positive legacy.
2. Adopting a sustainability policy to inform the Sustainability Framework for the Host Society:
a. Committing to follow applicable standards from the CSA Z2010-10;
b. Implementing holistic strategies that address the social, economic and environmental considerations “the three pillars” of sustainability”.
c. Working with community organizations, professionals and stakeholders to leverage the 2017 Games in ways that help broaden current and future sustainability initiatives
and legacies, and;
d. Supporting the 2017 Games Pledge, Mission, Core Values and Business Plan priorities and Legacy planning.
3. Aligning with “OurWinnipeg” the city’s sustainability strategy. The City of Winnipeg’s vision for a sustainable community: “Living and Caring Because We Plan on Staying.” It is built on sustainability principles supporting three directional strategies: Complete Communities, Sustainable Water and Waste and Sustainable Transportation.
4. Aligning the “TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan”. This is the Provincial government’s eight-year strategic plan for protecting the environment while ensuring a robust economy. The 2017 Summer Games support many of the actions outlined in the Plans five priorities:
· Good for Our Environment – Good for Our Economy
· Changing Our Ways for a Changing Climate
· Safeguarding our Water, Air and Land
· Nurturing Our Living World
· Mobilizing Manitobans
Sustainability program proudly presented by Quintex, an Official Supporter of the 2017 Canada Summer Games.