GREEN2014: the apprentice, the boxer and the otter

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As Glasgow prepares to welcome athletes, volunteers and spectators the GREEN2014 programme is also stepping up to the starting blocks by adding new content to an exhibition at The Lighthouse.

With over 6,000 people already visiting and exploring the various venues and legacy projects, the new content launched on 16 July will introduce stories of the people who are benefitting directly from the Commonwealth Games legacy – the librarian and the boxer, the apprentice, the artist, the volunteer, the commuter cyclist – even an otter!

Produced by Architecture and Design Scotland, and supported by Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and partners, the GREEN2014 programme explores the environmental legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow through an exhibition and a wide range of events.

Speaking ahead of the launch of Phase 2, Lori McElroy of Architecture and Design Scotland said “GREEN2014 tells the environmental story of the Games in an engaging and meaningful way, communicating and demonstrating the innovative ideas and thinking behind the Games and mapping out the scale of physical and social change.”

GREEN2014 explores the strong link between better places and better lives – demonstrated through live projects that are changing people’s lives and creating a lasting legacy. This exhibition allows you to hear directly from the people benefiting from the changes brought about through legacy projects, Ms McElroy concluded

Green Games:

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said: “All partners are working hard to ensure Glasgow 2014 delivers the greenest Games ever. GREEN2014 highlights some of the sustainable projects that are being delivered as part of the Games.

Among many projects, a state-of-the-art sustainable Athletes’ Village has been built, which will be developed into high quality housing following the Games, and vast improvements to transport infrastructure have also been put in place.

GREEN2014 is a wonderful exhibition that will help us demonstrate how the lessons we have learned from delivering a sustainable Commonwealth Games in Glasgow can be rolled out across other cities in Scotland, and perhaps beyond.

People’s Stories:

A number of people (and one otter) that benefit directly from the variety of legacy programmes are featured in the new content for the GREEN2014 exhibition. They were asked to identify – of all the things that have happened in this area – what has had the biggest impact on them:

When you see the joy of people who use and benefit from our work

Colin Brown, Volunteer with the Bridgeton Community Centre Garden.

The improvement of cycle routes as well as the sports facilities in the East End.

Sean Mulgrew, Glasgow.

The walking group because I like meeting people and being in the woods at different times of the year.

Walter Fitzpatrick, Walker, Castlemilk Park

I drive past the Athletes Village every day for work so I’ve seen all the progress of the build. I’m proud to be a part of it, working for CCG who have been a big part of making it happen and its exciting living so close.

Nadia Swift, Adult Apprentice Plasterer, CCG.

The humans have been cleaning up the river and this has meant more fish. Brilliant!

An Otter, the Clyde.
GREEN2014 Event programme:

In addition to the new exhibition content A&DS continues to produce a range of events to get everyone engaged with the Games. Here are some of the events coming up:

02 August: Leg-a-See Run – Sat 2 August, Glasgow
Why should athletes have all the fun? Get your trainers on to explore the legacy of the Commonwealth Games with a fun, friendly, guided run between Glasgow 2014 Venues and Legacy projects (approx. 7k). On the Leg-a-See Run, a joint venture between Architecture and Design Scotland and Veggie Runners, you’ll learn about the architecture, urban design and regeneration of east Glasgow whilst stretching your legs. Register here:

26, 29 and 31 July: GREEN2014 Family Events
Something for everyone in the family – from children’s play The Worm (26 July) through to growing your own food at the Merchant City Festival and visiting the Family Zone at Glasgow Green – A&DS ensures that everyone gets a chance to learn about environmental legacy this summer.

This Friday Presents: our brain nourishing lunchtime talks will continue to look at a number of Legacy projects including Scotland including our rich larder in Land of Food and Drink and inspiring projects such as Linked Via Light.
More information on all GREEN2014 events on

About GREEN2014:

The GREEN2014 exhibition features everything from urban bee keeping and recycling initiatives to explorations of the venues and the people who are already benefitting from them – including a talented 12 year old cyclist using the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the greens keeper at Kelvingrove Bowling Greens. The exhibition allows you to follow a timeline of events, find out more about Glasgow’s rich sporting history and track record of hosting world-class events and understand what makes Glasgow2014’s approach unique.

GREEN2014 explores how the lessons from delivering a sustainable Commonwealth Games in Glasgow can be rolled out in other towns and cities across Scotland making a lasting impact.

GREEN2014: the environmental legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games at The Lighthouse in Glasgow has been created by Architecture and Design Scotland, as is supported by the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and partners. Launched in April it will run until 24 of October and is supported by a rich events programme. #green2014legacy

Image: Robert Thompson at the launch of GREEN2014, photo by Michael McGurk

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