Thanks to the Games, the approach to construction and environmental conservation in Sochi is changing, and "green" construction standards are being implemented. A barrier-free environment is being created: buildings, public transport and other facilities that are accessible to people with disabilities and other people with limited agility. The Volunteer Movement is being reborn in Russia. A Unified Identification System is being developed, which will mean that using a single card, tens of thousands of guests and competitors at the Games will be able to obtain information about the event timetable and special transport routes to the events, gain access to the sporting events and travel on public transport. With the help of this card, they will be able to pay for services and get all the information they need about hotels and local stores.
The Russian International Olympic University has opened its doors. Creating the RIOU was a key project in terms of preparing a new generation of highly qualified sports managers in Russia.
As part of the Organizing Committee's work, an intellectual legacy is being formed: unique management developments in the field of staging large-scale sporting events.
The Games in Sochi will also facilitate the region's socio-economic, economic and environmental development. Sochi and Southern Russia as a whole will acquire modern roads and railway lines, new engineering networks and up-to-date engineering infrastructure, new cleaning facilities, telecommunications, digital televisions and fibre-optic networks, modern hotels and a landscaped embankment, and new jobs. Full-scale renovation of the city’s cultural venues, schools and pre-school institutions is underway, as part of the preparations for the Games. The 2014 Games will facilitate Sochi's transformation from a summer resort, popular mainly among Russians, to a world-class all-year-round resort.