The 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games were widely regarded as the first green Games. The OCOG chose to make the Games a showcase for sustainability and environmental policies, including placing a greater emphasis on the post-Games use of venues.
All 10 venues purpose-built for the 1994 Games remain in use, and seven were used for the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016. Venues were designed with post-Games usage in mind, and have had continued community and commercial use, while the housing built for the Games hosts more than 4,000 students .
Parts of the media village were built as modules and moved to other parts of the country for use as student dormitories after the Games and service buildings in the athletes’ village were converted into centre for the elderly and a church . Venues have also continued to host elite sporting events, including world championships for speed skating, track cycling, skeleton, luge, handball and ice hockey, World Cup events for biathlon and Nordic combined, and the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games .
Source: Stoneman, M., A Lasting Impact, 2016