Blog 3- Is Rio going GREEN or for the GOLD?

Dr. Green and I have finished our research. We are formatting the tables and charts, looking at current newsfeeds from brazil to update our data so that it is current, and analyzing everything to make our conclusions. From our research we found that Rio has taken a sustainable approach in the planning and development stages of the games, focusing on: 

  • Establishing a standard of sustainability for holding events
  • Inserting sustainability into the DNA of event organization
  • Serving as an example of good sustainable practice
  • Being transparent through dialogue with society

 

The Rio Olympics committee created the ‘Embrace’ proposal for the 2016 games, aiming for sustainable practice before, during and after the games. They have created three levels of sustainability: planet, people and prosperity. The planet pillar focuses on the delivery of a low-impact game, aiming to not overuse energy resources while still maintaining a high quality event. Three key focuses on the planet level will be efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, and limited waste. The people pillar will try to encompass all people to enjoy both the Olympic and Paralympic games. With a focus on people, Rio will raise awareness and educate spectators and guests on diversity, inclusion and accessibility. The third pillar, prosperity, focuses on the selection of suppliers for the games, transparency with the public, and the creation of an environment to encourage dialogue and communication with civil society participants (“Our Proposal”, 2015).

Blog #4 Passing the Finish Line

Now that our paper is all typed up and ready to go, we have begun the editing process and continue to check for up to date information coming live from Brazil. As Dr. Green has just gotten back from Rio, we have added even more data and information then we thought possible to our paper. Michael Nagley with Rio Convention Visitors bureau told Dr. Green, “we’re no longer talking about the olympics, we’re talking about the capacity problems in the hotels and host city after the games.” This undergraduate research program is giving me the opportunity to examine the impact of mega sports events around the world. The importance of sustainability in mega sports events has been recognized by the ISO 20121 designation and guidelines for planning these events. It provides a framework for identifying the potential negative impacts on the environment, the economy, and the society of the host city. The London organizing committee of the Olympic games contributed to the development of these standards, the benefits of ISO 20121 the identification of best business practices and the positive reputation associated with the planning of a sustainable event. ISO 20121 provides practical tools fort managing sustainable events. The 2012 games in London were the first to test the standards of the 20121 guidelines.  Also the ISO is an independent NGO that has developed voluntary international standards addressing a variety of concerns from food safety to health care and agriculture.

Blog 3- Is Rio going GREEN or for the GOLD?

Dr. Green and I have finished our research. We are formatting the tables and charts, looking at current newsfeeds from brazil to update our data so that it is current, and analyzing everything to make our conclusions. From our research we found that Rio has taken a sustainable approach in the planning and development stages of the games, focusing on:

  • Establishing a standard of sustainability for holding events
  • Inserting sustainability into the DNA of event organization
  • Serving as an example of good sustainable practice
  • Being transparent through dialogue with society

 

The Rio Olympics committee created the ‘Embrace’ proposal for the 2016 games, aiming for sustainable practice before, during and after the games. They have created three levels of sustainability: planet, people and prosperity. The planet pillar focuses on the delivery of a low-impact game, aiming to not overuse energy resources while still maintaining a high quality event. Three key focuses on the planet level will be efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, and limited waste. The people pillar will try to encompass all people to enjoy both the Olympic and Paralympic games. With a focus on people, Rio will raise awareness and educate spectators and guests on diversity, inclusion and accessibility. The third pillar, prosperity, focuses on the selection of suppliers for the games, transparency with the public, and the creation of an environment to encourage dialogue and communication with civil society participants (“Our Proposal”, 2015).

Blog #2

Dr. Green and I conducted a review of literature, which included 137 articles from around the world. The extensive review of literature identified there was need for more quantitative research on the impacts of the Olympics regarding the social and cultural issues. To this end, we have developed a survey instrument, which we plan to submit to the human subjects review committee for approval.

We anticipate using the instrument to survey Brazilians this March during the 2015 International Management Field study trip to Brazil. We will be surveying local residents in Paraty, Ilha Grande, and Rio de Janerio. This will also include those residing in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. A favela is what we would call in the United States the “slums”. Essentially, favelas are located in urban areas consisting of populations of low-income residents who build their homes from the ground up. Typically, we see favelas being raided in the news for having heavy drug trade and inhabitable dwelling conditions. This will give us a balanced view of the opinions of the Brazilian population.

The Olympic Games: What are the issues with becoming more sustainable?

The purpose of this research is to evaluate research on the sustainability of the Olympics during the period 1994-2014. We expect that we will be able to describe the nature of the research published and the needs for further research into ways to assure that the Olympic games will be more sustainable- environmentally, socially and economically. We plan to be able to use the guidelines developed by the Olympic Games Committee and compare them to the current state of research.

We have conducted an extensive review of journals using Scopus which is the largest abstract and citation database of peer reviewed articles with 53 million records and 21, 915 titles.  At this point, we have developed a database of articles with the relevant information that includes author, year, journal, article title, abstracts and methodology used.  We had read and categorized the articles in preparation for a more in depth analysis.