The Living Green Festival (ACT) Inc.'s green credentials
The Living Green Festival (ACT) Inc. aims to lead the way in low carbon, environmentally-friendly events.
To demonstrate our commitment to carbon abatement, we compiled an inventory detailing the greenhouse gas emissions for the inaugural 2011 Living Green Festival. The Festival’s Carbon Report sets out the methodology used in preparing the inventory and explains its main findings. You can find the report here: Living Green Festival Carbon Report 2011.
The Living Green Festival’s carbon inventory shows that from their inception, our events have had a low carbon footprint. This is vitally important given our rationale as a leader in low carbon, environmentally friendly events, and as a recipient of an ACT Government Climate Change grant in 2011.
We also aim to be a leader in reducing waste in general, and especially the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfill. As organic waste breaks down in anaerobic conditions (eg landfill tips), it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.
Every Living Green Festival event has used compostable servingware for food served on the day. In addition, all food consumed at the event is plant based, which means that all food waste from the events can be composted. The organic waste from past events has been collected by Global Worming, a local organic waste collection and composting company. These factors greatly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill from the events.
At our very first event in 2011, 251.3 kg of organic waste was collected from the event and taken to Global Worming's vermicomposting facility. This compares to 45 kg of recyclable waste collected on the day and taken to a recycling facility, and to 30 kg of solid landfill waste. The landfill waste collected at the event was sorted on site. Approximately 75% of the landfill waste was inert and therefore also not an emissions source. This means that only a very small proportion of waste from the event was a source of greenhouse gas emissions.
At our 2012 festival 303.2 kg of organic waste was collected. You can find Global Worming’s detailed report on the organic waste collected from the event here: LGF organic waste collection report 2012.
In 2013, 340 kg of organic waste was collected from the Living Green Festival, which represents a 12% increase from the previous year. The majority of the volume of the organic waste collected was from the compostable plates and cups used by food vendors to serve their food. You can find Global Worming’s detailed report on the organic waste collected from the event here: LGF organic waste collection report 2013.
These positive trends have continued in our recent events. For the latest reports on waste collected from our events, see:
Plant-based diets and Climate Change
Studies* show that animal products such as meat and dairy require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives, and that adopting a plant-based, or 'vegan', diet could do more than any other single action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In fact, a plant-based diet is seven times more effective at reducing emissions than eating a
locally-sourced meat-based diet.
* Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Production and Consumption, United Nations Environment Programme 2010, pp 79-80.
* Wedderburn-Bisshop, G & Pavlidis, L. (2012) ‘Shorter Lived Climate Forcers: Agriculture Sector and Land Clearing for Livestock ,’ The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.129-144.
* ‘Reducing Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers through Dietary Change: Our best chance for preserving global food security and protecting nations vulnerable to climate change’, World Preservation Foundation Report.