Let’s Lead on Climate with the 2028 Olympic Games
Posted by Anna Van on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
The City of Los Angeles adopted an optimistic theme for the 2028 Olympic Games — “Follow the Sun.” This theme encompasses not only LA’s sunny and bright spirit, but it also delivers an optimistic outlook into a more sustainable future. One of the main priorities for the 2028 Olympic games is to be sustainable in all ways — financially, structurally, and environmentally. The City hopes to set out on achieving this vision by reusing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and existing sports stadiums for the 2028 games, rather than solely depending on constructing brand new facilities.
Being a two-time host for previous Summer Olympics, LA holds the appropriate sentiment for athletes and guests, while possessing experience in planning for the future. Athletes will be housed and trained at UCLA and USC campuses, allowing the city to drastically reduce costs and resources for constructing new facilities. Because the games will span from the Valley to the shores of Long Beach, feasible modes of public transportation will be available for attendees, such as the newly constructed Metro Purple Line Extension (set to finish by 2020).
As the spirit and energy from Olympic participants rise high, so will the demand for energy. To address this issue, LA 2028 is committed to sourcing clean energy from the two biggest energy providers in the LA region — Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
As the City looks forward to a new era of the Olympic games, one thing is clear — Los Angeles is a true Olympian city at heart with an innovative future in mind.
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