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One Planet Sutton is hoping to educate Olympians from around the globe this summer.
The One Planet Centre, which has been managed by BioRegional opened at the London 2012 Olympic Park last week.
Athletes will be able to go and learn about and act on sustainability, and use their influence to encourage their fans to do the same.
BioRegional have hired multi-lingual staff and trained them in sustainability so that they are equipped to help athletes from around the world.
Based at the heart of the Olympic Village, the centre is an interactive hub filled with activities and information about the positive steps that can be taken to help build a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future.
Through a series of social events and competitions, athletes will be able to find out more about reducing energy use, cutting waste, and protecting the environment.
Sue Riddlestone, BioRegional executive director, welcomed the opening of the One Planet Centre.
She said: "For some athletes the One Planet Centre will be the first time they are asked to think about sustainability. I am excited that we have been given this unique opportunity to create a centre which will educate athletes about living sustainably and inspire them to become ambassadors for helping to create a better tomorrow."
Opening the One Planet Centre, UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said:
"Sustainability has been at the heart of the bid to hold the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – from the construction of the Olympic Park, to the staging of the Games and the long legacy they will leave behind."
"Our investment in the One Planet Centre will help Olympic athletes to return to their home countries as ambassadors for creating a sustainable future and a greener planet."