Sauder associate professor to guide environmental strategy of next Winter Olympic Games


Sauder Associate Professor James Tansey is one of four international advisors working with the United Nations Environment Program on the environmental strategy for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Drawing on his experience with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, he will work with the UNEP to prepare a comprehensive plan to guide the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee in three years leading up to the Games.

Over the next four months, Tansey will participate in two delegations travelling to Sochi. In January 2011, the group will present a report with policy recommendations for waste management, biodiversity, public engagement and the delivery of a carbon-neutral Winter Games.

During the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Tansey worked closely with the organizing committee in his role as co-founder of, a carbon offsetting company that acted as the official supplier of offsets to the Games.

At Sauder, Tansey is the executive director of the ISIS research centre, an incubator for social innovation and sustainability focused on advancing the growth of the low carbon economy, supporting First Nations enterprises, and developing innovative social finance mechanisms.