Beijing 2022, the Surprisingly Green Olympics

Winter Games might be good for China's environment. Seriously.
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This stadium looks recyclable.

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After years of running bloated Olympic Games criticized for their environmental records, the International Olympic Committee decided to make sustainability a goal, using sport as a way to promote better development. Under IOC President Thomas Bach in 2014, it inaugurated Olympic Agenda 2020, a set of 40 reform principles designed to make the Olympics a "plug-and-play" event: Host cities would be chosen in part because the games already fit into their environments and would do minimal damage.

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