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Summary report. Assessing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics

September 2012

Geography Professor Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London is leading an impact study on behalf of the London Organising Committee of LOCOG and the IOC

Summary report. Assessing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have promised to be the "world’s first truly sustainable" Games ever (London 2012). With five million UK spectators, 500,000 international spectators, 90,000 Games family members and the 200,000 workforce, a sustainable Games is no mean feat (Telegraph, Jan 2011). The sheer scale of the event means that the host boroughs, city and the nation will experience significant economic, socio-cultural, political and environmental impacts. However, the true extent of such impacts is not yet known.

Geography Professor Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London is leading an impact study on behalf of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This scientific Olympic Games Impact (OGI) study is required to monitor the fulfilment of a positive legacy for both the host city and the host country.

Relevance

AQA A2

Unit 3, option 4 - Contemporary Geographical Issues

  • Regeneration within urban areas
  • Contemporary sustainability issues within urban areas

Edexcel AS

Unit 2.6 - Rebranding places

  • Time to rebrand
  • Rebranding strategies
  • Managing urban rebranding

OCR AS

Unit F762 - Managing Change in Human Environments : Managing urban change

  • How can urban areas be managed to ensure sustainability?
  • Study of at least one example to illustrate how planning & management practices are enabling urban areas to become increasingly sustainable

WJEC A2

Unit 4 - Sustainability

  • Sustainable energy
  • Sustainable cities

Particular attention is paid to differences in sustainability at local and regional levels. This gives a rich understanding of spatial differences and the impact of the Olympic Games beyond the host boroughs alone. In addition, students should learn how processes interact and how to analyse data.

In the Members' Area:

  • Defining sustainability
  • Measuring Olympic sustainability
  • Environmental sustainability. Carbon dioxide emissions
  • Socio-cultural sustainability: Participation in sport
  • Economic sustainability: Public transport

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