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Green Star: Gold Medal for London!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of this year’s Olympics! Even though I’m getting the updates during the day (don’t worry, no spoilers here!), I’m still watching at night because no scoreboard ever tells the whole story. I don’t necessarily mean the sappy bio pieces they do for every athlete – although, ok, I’m a bit of sucker for those too. I watch for the athletes’ faces when they realize that their dreams have either come true or crumbled around them. Like Missy Franklin winning her first gold in the 100m backstroke or Jordyn Wieber realizing she’s been shut out of the all-around final due to one of the dumbest rules in sports. If you want to know who is the best of the best, then let the best of the best compete! OK, rant over, I just felt really bad for her and the other four or five girls that got cut for the same reason.

The other story that you can’t get from a text message is the story of the host city itself. This year, that story is our Green Star for today. London is a fantastic city that I had the opportunity to visit several years ago and would love to go back to someday. Their Olympic committee set out to put on the greenest Games in history, and it looks like they’ve done a pretty good job. They used green building techniques for all the new structures, and made sure that the new permanent buildings met high energy efficiency standards.

The UK in general has set high targets for sustainability and Earth-friendly development. And although many of these efforts are still just targets, they are actively pursuing programs that put them at the forefront of global environmental responsibility and development. So let’s give a tip of the cap to our friends across the pond, and raise a nice cuppa tea in their honor – Gold Medal Green Star for London, well done sirs!

Cheerio,

Shanna