Gold Coast 2018 have continued their push for an environmentally friendly Commonwealth Games by ruling out single use plastic bags and helium balloons.
Organisers have already received recognition of their efforts to boost sustainable practice before competition begins in the Australian city next year.Gold Coast 2018 sustainability manager Chelli Easson said the latest measures have come after they received community feedback.
As part of their efforts, Gold Coast 2018 will not utilise single use plastic bags at any merchandise stores or catering facilities.There will be no mass helium balloon releases, while the public will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles and use refill stations.
“We received a lot of community feedback about really managing those things well,” Easson told the Courier Mail. “Particularly because the Gold Coast is such a water-based city so a lot of those plastics end up in the waterways here or in the stomachs of seabirds and turtles.”
The Athletes’ Village is one facility where Gold Coast 2018 has received praised for sustainability initiatives.
The Village achieved a “6 Green Star Communities” pilot rating from the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA).More than 135,000 trees will be planted in green spaces throughout the Village prior to the Games, which begin on April 4.
The Gold Coast headquarters were given a Four Star Green Star rating in December.One star represents minimum practice, with the highest rating of six stars considered to be “World Leadership”.
The headquarters was rewarded for “commitment to recycling and reinvention” by receiving the four-star rating, deemed “best practice”.Four South East Queensland companies also embraced a Sustainable Green Print (SGP) standard in November, which Gold Coast 2018 claimed would help boost the environment and economy.