World Science Festival Brisbane is committed to valuing our natural environment and protecting our world for generations to come. This year, we’re drawing attention to the urgent global sustainability agenda.

We invite you to help us in achieving a great event with better environmental outcomes through a bit of pre-planning and information sharing, as we have a joint role to play towards a sustainable future.

Here are a few notes for a great/sustainable day out:

Active travel
Check out the public transport timetables for your area and plan your journey.  If you can, ride a bike!  We’ll have ample bicycle parking ready for you.

Bring a cup or a water refill bottle (or both!)
We have free drinking water refill stations positioned around the City of Science precinct.  And everyone knows that coffee from a reusable cup tastes so much better.

Use the right bin
Most food packaging on site is biodegradable. There are bins for recycling, organics (food and biodegradable food packaging), and landfill in the City of Science. Please make sure the right items end up in the right bin.  We want to divert precious resources from landfill, and reduce emissions from landfill.

Learn about the Sustainable Development Goals
Take the opportunity to learn a bit about the Sustainable Development Goals on the streets at our free City of Science event and discover how your choices and actions can contribute to a more sustainable world.

Be a part of Earth Hour celebrations
Join us on Saturday 27 March for Earth Hour by switching off your lights from 8:30pm!
Earth Hour will celebrate a worldwide commitment to ongoing change for the betterment of the one thing that unites us all – the planet.

Learn about our Environmental Program
We are committed to continuous improvement and we have big goals for the future – and we’re taking steps each year to make sure we reach our target.  Here’s what we’re doing in 2021 to start our journey towards a more sustainable future.  We hope you can join in too.  If we all do a little bit more each year, the future will be bright!

  • We’ve put together a comprehensive three year plan to improve our environmental sustainability that considers local, State and Federal best practice guidelines as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • We’re measuring our impact and our partners’ as much as we can this year in order to start mitigation in the future (this one is important).
  • We’re taking steps towards eliminating single use plastics from our festival.
  • We’re reducing the number of printed programs substantially and encouraging our visitors to view the program online.  Plus, we’re maximising the website to make it easy to use on mobile devices.
  • We’re choosing 100% recycled paper for our printed materials.
  • We are re-using corflute signage from previous years wherever we can and redesigning any new signage to incorporate reused and recycled materials.
  • We are designing the program and venues to account for the hot weather, adding shade and misting sprays around the City of Science.
  • We’re saying no to temporary air-conditioning in outdoor venues and we’re holding our breakfast sessions indoors to avoid the heat.
  • We’re are powering some of our City of Science activations using solar power.
  • We’re demonstrating 9 of the UN’s sustainability goals and using them as wayfinding around the site – educate and navigate!
  • We’ve asked food vendors to use biodegradable packaging and we are positioning recycling and compostable waste bins around the site.

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