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UCLA helps L.A. pitch greenest Olympics ever

Use of existing buildings, like campus residence halls, is central to the bid

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Los Angeles’ Olympic organizing committee — L.A. 2024 — has bold plans to hold the first energy-positive, zero-waste games while providing long-term benefits to Angelenos.

Last week, L.A. 2024 pitched what would be the most sustainable games in modern history to visitors from the International Olympic Committee at the StubHub Center’s South Bay Sports Park in Carson. The multi-sport park was designated the bid’s official “Green Sports Park,” with state-of-the-art green technology such as onsite stormwater management, community and rooftop solar energy, and fuel cell power regeneration.

At the event, L.A. 2024 introduced its sustainability and legacy committee — featuring some of UCLA’s top environmental experts.

Brence Culp, L.A. 2024 sustainability and legacy director, said partners like UCLA are vital to achieve the bid’s lofty sustainability goals.

“It’s great working with people who have scientific backgrounds but also understand that at the end of the day, the reason we take care of our environment is because people depend on it—so really it’s a way of taking care of people,” Culp said.

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