An advisory team from UTNBA has been participating in the Organizing Committee of the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games (BAYOGOC) since January this year, with the aim to certify the event with ISO 20121: 2012 “Sustainable Events Management System”
“Sustainable development” seeks to meet the present requirements without compromising the needs of future generations. Since the Olympic Games in London in 2012, the International Olympic Committee has set up a requirement thereby candidate cities should contemplate sustainability in order to become hosts of the Olympic Games.
The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires won the candidacy designing a project that contemplated the completion of the Youth Olympic Games 2018 Buenos Aires (BAYOG 2018) as a development factor of Commune 8, which is also UTNBA Campus premises.
In the Commune, the Olympic Village was built with sustainability criteria. Once the Games are over, the buildings will become houses that will be available through soft loans and will constitute the first sustainable community in CABA.
From the environmental point of view, the sanitation of Arroyo Cildañez and Lago de Regatas were carried out; the facilities have a measurement system for the rational use of water and energy efficiency; sports, cultural and educational activities will be held during daytime; and more strategies are being designed to reduce and offset the carbon footprint produced by the event.
The UTNBA collaborates with the organizers so that those efforts that the BAYOGOC faced come together in a Management System, under the ISO 20121 standard, to supp them.
In parallel to this initiative, a project which is at an initial stage was developed: the drafting of an “International Protocol for Sustainability Management Systems for Events” that brings together UNDP (United Nations Development Program), UNOPS (Office of the United Nations of Services for Projects), UN (United Nations), BAYOGOC and the UTNBA, being the first document of its kind at a global level. The aim of this protocol is to promote the incorporation in these events of aspects that are related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations (UN) to address the main social and environmental problems faced by humanity.
Eng. Gastón Zotta, Director of the Institutional Quality Office, said that “both projects represent a high impact professional challenge for the UTNBA positioning us internationally in our role, as an engineering School, to provide solutions to the current problems of our society considering future generations, and that is why we should feel proud. “