Sustainability first at athletes’ village
21 February 2012
The development has achieved Full FSC Project Certiﬁcation, which means 100% of timber at the Village has ofﬁcially been responsibly sourced, according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC holds the only wood certiﬁcation scheme endorsed by WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust. This has enabled Lend Lease to meet a key part of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s sustainable timber objectives. It is also the ﬁrst time that a project of this scale and complexity has ever won the coveted certiﬁcation.
“Everyone who works for Lend Lease should be proud that we have hit one of the gold standards of sustainability,” Pascal Mittermaier, Head of Sustainability at Lend Lease. “Timber should have a low environmental impact and can be highly sustainable – but it has to be responsibly sourced.” “The FSC monitors every stick of wood right the way through the supply chain. They can say with certainty that the people who cut down the trees are being employed responsibly, that the land they were grown on was properly managed and the trees used were replanted.” “This award underlines how committed we are to developing sustainably and how important it is now to our clients. It is a clear point of competitive advantage for Lend Lease.”
Lend Lease’s 2012 Athletes’ Village has become the ﬁrst large scale project in the UK ever to win a prestigious international award for sustainably sourcing all of its timber.
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