This may be the Winter Olympics, but it has so far been the greenest in history, as Sochi, Russia successfully puts itself on the map for being carbon neutral.

We’re right in the middle of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Despite the amusing tweets of lodging conditions by athletes and the media, Sochi has been making great strides in environmental sustainability. The environment has without a doubt become the third tier of “Olympism,” joining sport and culture.

A truly amazing achievement, carbon neutrality is having a net zero carbon footprint. By balancing an amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount to offset the affects, an area can be considered carbon neutral.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is the first Games in history to mitigate the entire direct carbon footprint of its Organizing Committee prior to the Opening Ceremony. Sochi 2014 officially announced last week that over 520,000 metric tons (MT) of CO(2) equivalents have already been mitigated through the “Sustainable Future” program, implemented in Russia by Worldwide Olympic Partner and Official Carbon Partner of Sochi 2014, The Dow Chemical Company.

Since March 2013, Dow has been working with its customers in Russia to implement energy efficient and low-carbon technologies in the areas of infrastructure, industry and agriculture within different regions of the country.

The environment wins the gold in the games this year.