The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 evolved from work originally undertaken by the Mayor’s London Sustainable Development Commission. In 2003, the London Sustainable Development Commission undertook a comprehensive assessment of the 2012 bid using its Sustainable Development Framework for London. Their message to the bid team was the need to address social, economic and environmental issues in a joined-up way and to look at how these benefits could be secured after the Games, across London and particularly East London.
The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 has now (January 2007) been created to provide independent monitoring, to advise the Olympic Board and report to the public about the impact of the Games on the environment and the opportunity for the Games to deliver longer term benefits for the community.
The commission is being jointly funded by the Greater London Authority family, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority and Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Funding and other support has been provided jointly by members of the ‘Olympic family’ to maximise the commission’s independence.
The commission is the first body of its type set up in association with any Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
- Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, Media Release 23 January 2007