Tom (pictured) has developed a carbon footprint survey in his role as Splendour environmental manager.
He said that while Splendour ran a carbon offset program for its own internal emissions and offered festivalgoers an option for offsetting their travel emissions, there was ‘a knowledge gap’ regarding the carbon footprint for people attending open space events in Australia.
He added that SCU environmental science student volunteers will be conducting the face-to-face survey at the festival this weekend, ‘gathering details about festivalgoers’ entire journey, starting from the moment they leave their front door’.
Tom has also developed two other green initiatives at Splendour.
So-called ‘eco cops’ will mingle with festivalgoers to encourage and explain Splendour’s waste management program, particularly recycling, as well as other environmental programs.
And Splendour has developed a bush regeneration program at the festival site in conjunction with local ecological experts.
‘Two separate native habitats located in the campground are benefiting from tree planting of native seedlings to bridge the gap between the two forested areas. This will help reduce edge effect and increase endemic biodiversity,’ he said.