Hamilton 100 will produce the greenest, most sustainable event in Commonwealth Games history. Our sustainability plan will touch all the bases, from site planning and construction to procurement, venue management and operations, transportation and accommodations, waste management, and reduction of green house gas emissions. Here are some of the things we’ll be doing:
All New Sport
Facilities will be LEEDS Certified, Net Zero Buildings
All new permanent sports facilities that are built for the Games will be LEED certified and Net Zero buildings – energy and water efficient. These facilities will establish a benchmark for the design of all future public buildings and point the way to a sustainable future.
Facilities will be repurposed following the Games
The residences built to house 2030 Games officials will be converted
to affordable housing when the Games are over, creating 500-700 affordable
units. The 50 metre outdoor pool that that’s built for the swimming competitions
will be broken down into two 25 meter tanks following the Games for reuse as
swimming pools in community recreation centres.
Public transit is at the centre of our strategy to bring
people to Hamilton and to move people around during the Games. Hamilton’s new
LRT line will move athletes and fans across the lower city, while GO Transit will
bring visitors from across the Golden Horseshoe. People will also be able to
walk or cycle to most venues.
We’ll be doing everything we can to reduce waste, both
leading up to and during the Games. We’ll be eliminating all non-recyclable
packaging at the food concessions and all plastics will be banned. Anything
that can’t be reduced or reused will be recycled.
The procurement policy for the Games will favour suppliers
who can provide products and services that are both sustainable and ethical. Our
first option will always be to lease, rent or buy local, fair trade, and environmentally
friendly goods and services.
West Harbour Cleanup
To prepare for the Triathlon event, in which athletes will
swim in the bay, we will be implementing an engineering solution to eliminate
the blue-green algae and other pollution in the waters around Bayfront and Pier
4 parks. This is a permanent solution – not a temporary fix – that will make it
possible for Hamiltonians to have a clean, safe swimming area at Bayfront Park.
Green House Gas
As part of our commitment to greening the Games, Hamilton
100 will be purchasing high-quality carbon offsets, as recommended by the David
Suzuki Foundation, to ensure that the event is carbon neutral (our minimum
goal) or carbon negative (resulting in a net reduction of carbon in the