International Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD)

ICSD Gaithersburg:
22923 Wildcat Road Gaithersburg, Maryland 20882 U.S.A.

Phone: 1.301.428.1040 Fax: 1.301.916.8786

ICSD Baltimore:
111 S. Calvert Street,
Suite 2310
Baltimore, Maryland 21202 U.S.A.
Phone: 1.443.514.7122 | Fax: 1.443.451.8386


ICSD and Beijing 2008 Olympics

ICSD is currently working closely with many U.S. government agencies and consultants to integrate Zero Net Emissions, Community Sustainability Planning and Green Buildings into the venue construction plan for the 2008 Olympics.



Beijing 2008 Green Olympics Initiative


In recognition of China and Beijing’s commitments as host of the 2008 Olympic Games and China's desire to demonstrate international leadership in this quadrennial global event, the Beijing Organizing Committee of Olympic Games (BOCOG) adopted the motto "New Beijing, Great Olympics." The goal is to conduct a "Green Olympics", a "Hi-tech Olympics" and a "People's Olympics." By achieving these goals, Beijing and China will strengthen public awareness of environmental protection and promote the development and application of new technologies.

To accomplish our goal of a “Green Olympics,” Beijing is committed to a Zero Net Emissions Games, where Beijing will minimize emissions of air pollution associated with hosting the Olympics, and obtain offsetting emissions reductions in sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and other pollutants from projects and programs in China as well as through emissions trading markets around the world.  Other central parts are community sustainable planning and high performance green building design.

ICSD plays an important role in the U.S. Department of Energy's initiative to facilitate American public, civil and private sectors effort to integrate zero emissions, community sustainable planning and high performance green building design into the Beijing 2008 Olympics construction.  ICSD is working with many other American agencies to identify projects in collaboration with Beijing.


In July 2003, ICSD organized several video conferences with the Chinese counterparts on further details about the collaboration on Beijing 2008 Olympics. Experts from both American and Chinese energy industry, government agencies, and urban planning  field, attended these meetings. Many presentations were shown, many questions were asked and answered, and much information was exchanged. Topics included the opportunity and obstacles to have combined heating and power units in Beijing, Beijing Olympic Park's planning, and hydrogen vehicles. Further details of collaboration were discussed. ICSD will try to organize more video conferences before the experts get together for workshops in October, 2003.

Discussion Groups

During the interaction between the U.S.A. and China on the collaboration to green Beijing 2008 Olympics, ICSD has been looking for a more efficient way for both countries to communicate, share information, and consult each other.  The Internet became the most prominent tool. ICSD set up several forums focused on different issues, such as natural gas technology, hydrogen and green building on Yahoo! Groups. These forums provide an easy-to-use and fast tool for people involved in this initiative to form a working community. This is just one of the efforts ICSD is making to contribute to the U.S.-China Olympic cooperation.

The membership for these groups is restricted. If you have any questions concerning how to join or how to use these groups, please email

Related Links

Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad

Beijing Olympics Games Ownership Tender Projects

BMCPC: Beijing Municipal City Planning Commission

U.S. Department of Commerce - China