2010年7月13日星期二

SPLENDOUR 2010 ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED

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SPLENDOUR 2010 ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED
With just over 2 weeks to go until SPLENDOUR 2010 at ‘Woodfordia’, Woodford Queensland SPLENDOUR are proud to outline key initiatives to conserve and protect the environment in which it operates.
This year with a new home SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS has built on its past environmental programs and is excited to announce some cutting edge new initiatives.
While the climate change debate still rages across government and industry, SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS continues its long history of rolling up its socks and tackling this prickly pear. Over the past 6 years SPLENDOUR has calculated its "internal" emissions covering artist and crew transport, production, venue electricity and diesel generators and offset these emissions through investment in renewable wind energy generation. SPLENDOUR have also given loyal patrons the opportunity to offset part or all of their travel emissions (to and from the festival) through the purchase of ‘Carbon Offset Ticket’. The ticket, which is a joint venture with the accredited GreenPower supplier Climate Friendly, allows audience members to actively participate in the fight to tackle climate change. This year 1 in 4 patrons took up the 'Carbon Offset Ticket’, which will result in approximately $24,000 being invested in verified and accredited renewable clean wind farm energy.
While protecting atmosphere is one part of the equation, so too is dealing with waste and recycling streams. Last year SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS recycling system captured just over 257,000 drink containers for recycling.
This level of recycling resulted in the following environmental benefits:
  • Over 4.1 tonnes of aluminium captured for recycling;
  • The energy saved from recycling aluminium cans was equivalent to running over 3/4 of a million TV sets for 1 hour;
  • Over 22 tonnes of bauxite used to make aluminium was saved; and
  • A massive reduction in landfill space that would have been required to dump 257,000 cans and plastic bottles was achieved.
At Woodfordia SPLENDOUR are going one step further and providing each of 7,000 plus camp sites with a sturdy cardboard recycling box (made from recycled fibre with a plant based water resistant coating) to place cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard in. Patrons simply leave their recycling box outside their campsite to be collected by staff each morning where the recyclate will then be sent to a recovery facility. The system is much like the kerbside recycling systems you have at home. As much of waste is generated from campsites, SPLENDOUR hope to dramatically reduce the amount of material being sent to landfill.
At SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS understand that even with the best intentions, some plastic bottles may find their way into the general waste stream. This year SPLENDOUR are partnering with Recovery Natural Spring Water who will provide water packaged in the world’s first revertable and recyclable bottles. This unique product ensures that bottles that don’t make it into the recycling system will break down in about 5-10 years instead of over 1,000 plus years like most ordinary plastic bottles. Recovery Natural Spring Water is sourced from sustainable, quality springs around Australia.
Of course it goes without saying that SPLENDOUR will continue with its policy of only allowing food and market stall vendors to use biodegradable cups, plates and cutlery. On top of this patrons may bring empty plastic or metal drink bottles into the festival precinct. SPLENDOUR are taking this action to help reduce the amount of plastic bottles discarded on site by encouraging the reuse of such bottles. Patrons can refill their bottles from taps inside the festival entertainment area. Free water is also available at all alcohol sales points.
The long arm of the law (with a twist) will be on site care of the hugely informative Eco Cops. This year environmental science undergraduate Eco Cops hail from the Sunshine Coast University and once again they’ll be spreading environmental knowledge (and hugs) across the festival. This year the Eco Cops will have their very own stall where you can learn all about environmental initiatives plus patrons can make a pledge on behalf of SPLENDOUR to plant a tree at North Byron Parklands site. Taking inspiration from friends at Woodfordia, who have a continuous revegetation program, the timing for this initiative couldn’t be more perfect with National Tree Day falling on Sunday August 1st. National Tree Day aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to actively care for unique land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians so SPLENDOUR urge patrons to get behind planting trees at future home at North Byron Parklands.
Splendour’s Eco Cops will also be on patrol, making sure that everyone is showing proper respect to the surrounding Woodfordia environment. This year SPLENDOUR are also joining forces with the Butt Hunters to ensure all cigarette butts are properly disposed of. In cahoots with the Eco Cops these guys will be handing out masses of "ButtsOut" personal ashtrays. Shaped a bit like a butt SPLENDOUR believe this initiative will help stop cigarette butts from entering the surrounding environment.
Under Queensland tobacco laws, smokers must use a Designated Outdoor Smoking Area (DOSA) only. For the consideration of others, and to help prevent butt litter, please use the designated Outdoor Smoking Areas that will be set up on site. Smokers should keep an eye out for the banners and signs that will indicate an Outdoor Smoking Area. These areas will also be shown on the festival map in the event program.
At new temporary home, SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS has worked hard to help limit the use of private vehicles used by patrons by offering a comprehensive bus and shuttle service. With more than 14 bus runs from airport and train hubs to coastal and inland towns patrons can quickly and comfortably get to and from the festival in a significantly more environmentally conscious manner. SPLENDOUR also promote car-pooling for those people that have to travel by car. Head to www.thecarpool.com.au to find out how you can help reduce traffic and save the environment.

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