On March, 13, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee announced the winners of Russia's first ever Sustainability Award "Gateway to the future!" The prize recognizes the best ecological, social, and economic projects carried out by the organizations involved in the preparations for the 2014 Games. The Organizing Committee has also announced the winners of a Contest among construction organizations, as part of the second stage of the Recognition program aimed at rewarding achievements for innovative environmental solutions at the Olympic venues. All of the winning projects are helping to ensure sustainable development across the Olympic project.
More than 20 organizations entered the "Gateway to the future!" Award, with 46 projects put forward in 10 different categories. A further 16 construction projects were presented during the Contest, as part of the Recognition Program. The fact that both of these events were so broad in scope has meant that during the preparations for the Games, a huge amount of experience and knowledge could be gathered to help implement future "green" building standards and ensure sustainable economic and social development.
Sochi 2014 Sustainability Award "Gateway to the Future!"
Sochi 2014 Sustainability Award "Gateway to the Future!" was created in order to recognize achievements in preparing and staging the Games with a particular focus on the field of social, environmental and economic development. The Award also seeks to promote the ideas and principles of sustainable development among the general public.
Among the competition entries were projects by Sochi 2014 Partner companies, city and regional administrations, SC "Olympstroy", and several non-commercial organizations. The task of deciding which projects came out on top went to the expert panel of judges including: Vitaly Smirnov, a Russian member of the IOC; Alexander Tkachev, the Governor of the Krasnodar Region; Anatoly Pakhomov, the Mayor of Sochi; Vladimir Lukin, the President of the RPC; Dmitry Chernyshenko, the President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee; and also representatives of the relevant Russian ministries and Government agencies, experts in the field of sustainability, and some of the Sochi 2014 Ambassadors. The most innovative ecological, social and economic projects carried out by the organizations taking part in preparing and staging the Games received Awards in 10 different categories – Best complex project, Best innovative project, Best project in “Harmony with nature”, Best project in “Barrier-free world” and others.
Green Building Recognition Program
Awards were also presented to the best Olympic construction companies - the winners of a Contest that took place as part of the second stage of the Recognition Program aimed at rewarding achievements for innovative environmental solutions at the Olympic venues.
The Contest has already become a kind of "Oscars" for the construction industry: winning one is evidence that a company has outstanding credentials and has made a genuine contribution to the legacy of the 2014 Games.
The winners of the Contest's six categories were determined by an expert panel of judges, who assessed each nominated project on a points-based system.
The judging panel, which was chaired by the CEO of Non-commercial Partnership "The Russian Green Building Council" (RuGBC) Guy Eames, included leading Russian and international experts in the field of "green" building, and representatives of the biggest international projects and ecological organizations.
During the Award presentation ceremony, the company Dow, a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the official chemicals Company of the Olympic movement, was named the official Partner of the 2014 Games in the field of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions of greenhouse gas as part of the preparations for the Olympic Games will be compensated in part by the application of Dow's energy-efficient technologies, in such key areas as infrastructure, industry and agriculture.
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Sochi 2014 Sustainability "Gateway to the Future!" 2012 Nominations and Winners
1. Best complex project: Russian Railways (Winner): The Adler - "Alpika-Servis" Combined Road and Railway. This road will be used by all the participants and guests of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including people with disabilities. This project will support the rapid development of Sochi into an international standard alpine resort.
2. Best project for youth engagement: Sberbank of Russia (Winner): "Red Rocks" project. The "Red Rocks" is an exceptional global music project, which helps the maximum number of Russian people become involved and in the Olympic Movement. As part of the festival, 22 concerts were held and attended by over 100,000 people aged between 16 and 35 years old. By 2014, the festival project will span a total of 40 Russian cities.
3. Best innovative project: MegaFon (Winner): "The Great Megafon Games" Festival of innovations and sport. Megafon is implementing the National Festival of innovations and sport, "The Great Megafon Games", aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle, sport and technical innovations. The "Great Games" are being held as a tour around a number of Russian cities between 2011 and 2014. By 2014, the festival will have visited 40 cities across the Russian Federation. The project will reach over 1.5 million people, over half of which are young people.
4. Best project in "Healthy living": Krasnodar Region Administration (Winner). The All-Kuban event "Kuban - Heading towards the Olympic Games in Sochi!" The event is being conducted in support of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. It aims to promote the ideals and values of the Olympic Movement among the population of the Krasnodar Region, the involvement of various categories of people and youth in particular in sports and cultural events, and the creation of a positive attitude towards the Games. The event will be held in all 44 municipal districts of the region.
5. Best project in "Harmony with nature": Coca-Cola Company (Winner). "International Black Sea Day". Since 2009, Coca-Cola has been implementing "International Black Sea Day" annually in the host region of the Games. The main objectives of the project are to improve the environmental condition in the host region of the Olympic Games, to increase people’s awareness of high importance of environmental protection, as well as to improve awareness of the local population regarding environmental issues. Under the project, the city's residents, mostly young people, are participating as volunteers in the city-wide environmental initiative. This includes clearing the sea coast and river banks, planting trees in areas with new construction sites and participating in round tables and other events.
6. Best project in "Barrier-free world": The Sochi City Administration (Winner): "Live in peace with oneself and with others". The project has been rolled out since 2010 and aims to create an understanding attitude towards people with disabilities among school children in Sochi. As part of the project, lessons with school children, school-wide events on the theme of tolerance, a Paralympic school day, meetings with Paralympic athletes and representatives from those with a disability; "lessons in kindness" and various charitable events, as well as competitions and joint sports lessons are all being organized for all children.
7. Best project in "Economic Prosperity": NK Rosneft (Winner): "Festival "Rosneft. Environment. Health." The project is comprehensive and is aimed at the development of culture, sport and environmentally responsible behavior in the regions of the Russian Federation. Being a significant cultural event in the life of Russian cities, the festival is designed to promote Olympic values, to make a healthy lifestyle popular and to attract the attention of society to environmental issues.
8. Best project in "Modern technologies": Aeroflot - Russian Airlines (Winner): All-weather flights to the airports of the Olympics. OAO "Aeroflot - Russian Airlines" completed measures to reduce the weather minimums for landing at the Sochi and Gelendzhik airports, taking into account the new power-weight ratio of modern aircraft and the high accuracy and reliability of the pilot and navigation equipment, in order to provide for the reliability of operation for the airports of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in complex winter weather conditions. In the future, the measures delivered for this project will be introduced at the airports of the Moscow air-hub and the complex mountain airports of the Russian Federation.
9. Best project in "Culture and national values": Rostelecom (Winner): New technologies for the development of culture and art project. The project was created to provide the telecommunications support for an entire series of cultural events, held during the preparation for the Games in Sochi, including the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, and has been rolled out since 2011. Under the project, two main types of event are being held: internet broadcasts of music events of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad and multi-channel video conferences of master classes and music selection tours for young musicians.
10. Award in the nomination "Company of the year" was given to Russian Railways. By participating in the preparation process for the Games, Russian Railways is contributing to the foundation of the further development of significant processes for society, such as the support of a healthy lifestyle, the creation of a barrier-free environment in transport infrastructure and the protection of the environment. Projects include building new roads with a total length of 157 km, the modernization of the existing infrastructure the construction of new stations and the updating of the rolling stock. All these projects, implemented by Russian Railways, are an example of the use of high technologies and innovative approaches. The venues, constructed by Russian Railways, will make up a significant part of the Games legacy in Sochi and will encourage the development of the region.
Green Construction Achievements Recognition Program Competition - Nominations and Winners
1. "Best example of integration of innovative construction technologies". (Winner): ZAO "Stroi International". Venue: "Adler Arena" (speed skating center).
2. "Best example of environmentally efficient transport solution during the construction period" (Winner): OOO "Stroiprofi-Yug". Venue: Russian International Olympic University building and hotel-recreation complex.
3. "Best example of management of natural resources and protection of the environment during the construction period"(Winner): DKRS-Sochi Russian Railways. Venue: the Adler - Alpika-Service combined (road and rail) road.
4. "Best example of rational water-use during the construction period" (Winner): "Shtrabag AG". Venue: Main Olympic Village and complex of buildings for the Olympic Family.
5. "Best example of waste management system, of waste which is formed during the construction period" (Winner): OOO "Stroiprofi-Yug". Venue: Russian International Olympic University building and hotel-recreation complex.
6. "Best example of involvement of Sochi city and Krasnodar region residents in the construction of Olympic venues" (Winner): ZAO "Stroi International". Venue: "Adler Arena" (speed skating center).
The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has implemented the Recognition Program jointly with SC "Olympstroy" since 2011. In September 2011, awards were presented to the winners of the first stage of the Recognition Program - a Contest among design organizations. In 2012, the results of the second stage were drawn up - a Contest among construction organizations. In 2013, there will be a Contest among responsible executors and investors.