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Dow’s Commitment to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games


Nordic Ski Jumping Venue at Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park

With the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay on the road, the world is starting to feel the growing excitement of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games drawing closer.  Dow Chemical Canada ULC teamed with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in 2006 to prepare for the millions of visitors and thousands of Olympic athletes about to pour into Canada.  As the Official Supplier of Insulation Materials and Heat Transfer Fluids, Dow’s sustainable solutions are present in the construction of high quality venues and competition surfaces and environments. 

Dow’s Performance Fluids business supplied 3,420 liters (900 gallons) of DOWFROSTTM at the Nordic ski jumping venue.

   STYROFOAMTM Brand XPS Foam Insulation on top of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre's Green Roof

                                                                                          Dow Building Solutions supplied more than 2.5 million board feet of STYROFOAMTM brand insulation and more than 500,000 board feet of STYROFOAMTM HIGHLOAD insulation products for the green roof on the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. The structure is protected by the largest green roof in Canada – a six-acre roof.   STYROFOAM™ brand insulation is also installed beneath the Richmond Olympic Oval.  It helps to maintain a uniform ice temperature and to minimize the energy costs required to do so. 

Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games Canadian gold medalist, Duff Gibson  
Duff Gibson, Skeleton Gold Medalist   

Installed in most every part of the building envelopes – from foundation and walls to ice tracks and garden rooftops – Dow’s insulation products help reduce energy usage and CO2 emissions at severalvenues including:  Killarney Ice Rink, Richmond Olympic Oval, Olympic Village Vancouver, Olympic Village Whistler, UBC Thunderbird Arena, Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre, The Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park.  As bobsleighers barrel down The Whistler Sliding Centre track at speeds exceeding 144 kilometres per hour (90 miles per hour) and curlers furiously sweep the ice at the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre, Dow insulation and sealant products will help maintain ice conditions and provide a comfortable spectator environment.  These solutions are a shared commitment between Dow and VANOC, to have a more sustainable, carbon-neutral 2010 Winter Games. VANOC recently awarded Dow with the “Sustainability Star” for its role in constructing energy-efficient venues for the 2010 Winter Games

Beyond sustainability, Dow Canada is embracing the Human Element as a Proud Sponsor of Canada’s bobsleigh, skeleton and luge athletes’ quest for the international podium.  Dow Canada's six-year Official Supplier designation provides sponsorship rights within Canada for the 2010 Winter Games, including sponsorship rights for the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Team for 2010 and 2012 and team sponsorship includes the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge.  Dow changes the Olympics of tomorrow by improving the competitive environment for athletes and moving Olympic communities and venues forward. We invite you to view our Olympic related videos to learn more about our part in promoting energy efficiency in the venues at the 2010 Winter games and our commitment to a more sustainable future.


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