Presenter Information

Tom Hesse, University of Wyoming

Department

Communications and Journalism, Environment and Natural Resources

First Advisor

Courtney Carlson

Description

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. To prepare for such an event, the Sochi infrastructure had to be completely re - built, including a 30 - mile highway and rail project that runs through one of the most sensitive national parks in Russia. This project examined the road and rail project along with Russian environmental practices, criticisms of the project and international oversight to determine what environmental protection measures existed in Russia. This project also examined flaws in th ose environmental protections as well as how the pressure of hosting the Olympic Games has impacted the project. By comparing the Sochi project to similar projects in the United States, this research determined that there were numerous shortcomings in Russ ian environmental practices including lack of public involvement and lack of federal oversight. These shortcomings have led to a project that has forever damaged the sensitive region of Sochi National Park and have further demonstrated the need for careful environmental review processes.

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Oral Presentation, UW Honors Program

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Environmental Challenges of Winter Olympic Infrastructure

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. To prepare for such an event, the Sochi infrastructure had to be completely re - built, including a 30 - mile highway and rail project that runs through one of the most sensitive national parks in Russia. This project examined the road and rail project along with Russian environmental practices, criticisms of the project and international oversight to determine what environmental protection measures existed in Russia. This project also examined flaws in th ose environmental protections as well as how the pressure of hosting the Olympic Games has impacted the project. By comparing the Sochi project to similar projects in the United States, this research determined that there were numerous shortcomings in Russ ian environmental practices including lack of public involvement and lack of federal oversight. These shortcomings have led to a project that has forever damaged the sensitive region of Sochi National Park and have further demonstrated the need for careful environmental review processes.