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Sep 08

Commonwealth Games Green Council formed today
Pune, 20th September 2008: CYG Pune 2008 has taken the initiative for Green Games to minimize the environmental impact of the Games. CYG Pune 2008 is also working to raise awareness on the importance of environmental care and responsible management of natural resources.

A Commonwealth Games Green Council was officially formed today with Dr. Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under Secretary-General, as its Chairman. The first official meeting for this Green Council took place today at the CYG office. The meeting was attended by Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP & Chairman, CYG Pune 2008 and CWG Delhi 2010 along with Mr. Prabjot Sodhi from UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), Mr. V. Subramaniam, former Secretary, Ministry of Renewable Energy and Mr. Ranjit Balthakur from Nature First.

At the Commonwealth Games Green Council meeting, Dr. Shashi Tharoor said, “As we are gearing up for CYG Pune 2008 and CWG Delhi 2010, we are conscious about the negative environmental footprints that Games of this stature leave behind. We are proud to announce that CYG Pune 2008 will ensure that such negative footprints are minimal through practical usage of land, energy, waste generation and consumption of all other resources.”

Mr. Suresh Kalmadi said, “The Games in Pune are the first step in the introduction of the green agenda in Commonwealth Games. We will try to ensure that it is carried forward as a legacy for the city of Pune. Taking the green initiatives forward, we will try and ensure that the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 is completely consumption neutral.”

Post the Green Council meeting at the CYG office, Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Mr. Suresh Kalmadi visited the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City at Balewadi. They were accompanied by Mr. Laxmikant Deshmukh, Director of Sports. The Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City at Balewadi has been designed keeping the green theme in mind. Various eco-friendly systems like rain water harvesting, recyclable sewage treatment plant, solar based street lighting and heating facilities, etc. have been introduced at the Games venue which will help minimize the environmental impact of the Games and also promote proper usage of resources.

Dr. Tharoor was very impressed by the high quality of the layout and architecture as well as the landscaping of the gardens. Dr. Tharoor and Mr. Kalmadi also inaugurated the unique Herbal Lake Garden where they planted a sapling. Dr. Shashi Tharoor expressed his satisfaction with the “green” projects undertaken at the Sports City and said that he will be looking forward to come and witness a “Green Youth Games”.

3rd Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune 2008 About Green Games Initiative:
CYG Pune 2008 has taken the initiative for Green Games under which CYG is promoting environmental programs on waste management, anti-litter campaign, sustainable transport and infrastructure, public awareness and mobilization on environmental issues. To minimize the environmental impacts of the games and raise awareness on the importance of environmental care and responsible management of natural resources CYG Pune 2008 signed an MOU with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
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