New Site, New Year and New Initiatives
Splendour has always put a strong emphasis on environmental awareness and action and this year is no exception. It has been a big undertaking to adapt some of our existing environmental procedures and initiatives to a new site. In reviewing all our procedures we have seen an opportunity to develop some new ones. We have established a number of initiatives that have helped in reducing the festival’s impacts and promoting environmental awareness wherever possible. At times, these sort of initiative have not been a lonely journey, we have received great support from our loyal and switched on fans and we now have a very enviable environmental track record. A gleaming example of this has been our success in implementing a thorough Carbon Offset Program. Each year we instigate programs to reduce and offset carbon emissions across the production of the festival and also emissions for audience travel. Last year around 2,000 audience members opted for carbon offset tickets. Over the last five years Splendour’s carbon offset program has seen an investment of over $100,000 being invested in a carbon offset programs such as; renewable wind energy generation and forest protection initiatives. I think we all deserve a pat on the back, nice work guys.
Our environmental outreach doesn’t stop at carbon offset programs. As many of our audience members are aware we have a number programs including waste and recycling initiatives, our infamous Eco Cops, The Green Chiefs, our Green Team, and a couple of new additions this year as well as, a range of policies that set the framework and guidelines for everything from procurement to energy reduction and strict bans on certain types of unsustainable packaging.
To help Splendour to maintain its sound environmental track record we encourage you to read the below and check out all of our other environmental pages contained here on the Splendour website and learn how you can help to keep the grass green.
Father John Misty with Green Chiefs at Splendour 2012 (image courtesty of Channel [V])
Carbon Offset Data Collection:
We have a long history of running an extensive Carbon Offset program with both our internal emission and by providing our festival goers with an option for offsetting their travel emission. This year we’re going further. The Environmental Department has identified that there is a bit of a knowledge gap around academic literature relating to travel characteristics of individuals attending open access events in Australia. So, we’ve have gone ahead and set out to address the information gap. Splendour in the Grass is working with some eager young minds from Southern Cross Universities School of Environmental Science and Engineering to gather information from our valued festival patrons to explain and characterise travel arrangements of festival attendees. We feel that by doing this, will be able to better understand how we can reduce our environmental impact in the future, provide valuable information to address the current data gap and give aspiring researchers valuable in-situ experience in data collection and synthesis. So, if you come across some of our researchers please make them feel loved and participate in a short survey.
Feeding the animals:
When we all get together to celebrate music and have a good time we generate a fair bit of waste. Splendour is constantly reflecting on how to develop programs to limit waste and increase capacity to recycle, this year we’ve done just that. We will be collecting an organic waste stream from our talented food vendors and providing it to a local farmer as stock feed, lucky stock! By doing this we are significantly reducing the amount of general waste that ends up in landfill and continuing to move along a sustainable trajectory.
Housing the organisms – let there be life!
We have an amazing new site. The site is located in one of the most beautiful environments on the east coast of Australia, we may be a little bias... We’re constantly thinking of ways to encourage our audience to participate in our environmental programs. This year we will be continuing with our tried and true environmental programs as well as introducing a couple of new ideas. In cooperation with existing bush regeneration works we will be encouraging festival goers to participate in a tree planting activity. Nestled in amongst the camping area we have identified a fragmented patch of native bush that is in need of some rehabilitative planting. Armed with an appropriate native species mix our bush-regen crew will be ready for audience participation to help plant up the divide between the bush block. So come down and help out and watch the progress in years to come!
Traffic & Carbon Reduction:
As a way to reduce vehicles on local roads and inside the venue, anyone driving into North Byron Parklands for Splendour in the Grass must first pre-purchase a Vehicle Pass. These are for sale via Moshtix.com.au As a way of encouraging car-pooling, vehicles with a certain number of passengers can get a full refund on the cost of their parking pass. For vehicles entering the campground, have 3 or more ticket-holding campers in your vehicle and you can get your money back at the festival. For those using the venue carpark, arrive with 4 or more occupants and you get a refund on your Day Parking Pass cost. More details here.