30 May 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast is pulling out all stops to help make this year’s World Environment Day Festival on Sunday 9 June the greenest yet.
USC – in conjunction with festival partners Sunshine Coast Council and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council – is introducing new measures to minimise waste and energy use at the free annual celebration of environment and community.
This event attracts thousands of people to USC’s Sippy Downs campus for a day of fun, food, music, entertainment, talks, workshops, displays and other activities.
USC Project and Operations Officer Paul Camilleri said festival-goers this year would be urged to pay particular attention to how they dispose of rubbish in order to maximise recycling and provide data to assist planning for future events.
“We’ve got new bins with three different lids for recycling, general waste and organic waste and we’re going to weigh all the contents for people to see on the day,” Mr Camilleri said.
“Our volunteer ‘Green Warriors’ and even a stilt-walker will encourage visitors to use the correct bins, while the biodegradable waste will be fed into a new, $30,000 on-site composter that the University has bought to continue using on campus.”
Mr Camilleri said waste, water, energy and transport data would be recorded to inform the festival’s Sustainable Event Management Plan and help minimise the event’s carbon footprint in future years.
This data will also be used for joint research and as a benchmark for future festivals and possibly other events on the Sunshine Coast.
Festival organisers have urged visitors to choose sustainable forms of travel, such as buses, walking, cycling or car-pooling for the event from 10am to 4pm.
Sustainability will be a theme of the day, with workshops on tips for the home and backyard, displays by sustainable businesses ranging from fashion design to fuel and even cooking demonstrations involving local chefs or local produce.
For more information go to the Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival website.
— Julie Schomberg