Sustainability

Waste

To reduce waste, we are minimising all printed materials associated with SCBO 2016. Attendees can access our program online, by PDF (to be released prior to the conference) or with our conference app on their mobile phone (to be released prior to the conference). We have used all recycled materials and plant dyes for printing where possible.

All conference attendees will receive a wonderful ceramic mug (kindly sponsored by the Rufford Foundation).
Water coolers will be available in the conference centre, and we encourage participants to bring their own water bottle to refill.

Organic, Ethical and Sustainable Food

During the conference, morning teas, lunches and evening events will be catered by the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is committed to sourcing 80% of produce from Queensland, environment permitting, and where possible from our local growers and suppliers within 100 km of the Centre. Our olive oil comes from Rathlogan Grove, a small olive grove in the foothills of Mt Barney and Mt Maroon only 80 km from the Centre.Our home grown beef and lamb come from Warwick and the famous farming region of the Darling Downs and South East Queensland Scenic Rim. We choose to use free range eggs and chickens from the Beaudesert area on the Mount Lindsay Highway, just 74 km from the city of Brisbane. BCEC offers an extensive range of organic, ethical and sustainable produce including fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, eggs and other specialty foods which are available on request and when in season.

Carbon and Biodiversity Donation

MammaCass_2We are partnering with The Queensland Trust of Nature for SCBO Brisbane 2016.  For every paid registration we will donate $5 to The Queensland Trust for Nature to support reforestation and Cassowary conservation on their property Lot 66 in the Wet Tropics.

The Queensland Trust of Nature (QTFN) works with private land owners to protect threatened ecosystems and species habitats, while ensuring the ongoing sustainable use and enjoyment of natural areas. One of QTFN’s current properties is Lot 66 which is significant biodiversity corridor containing 24.46 hectares of pristine rainforest in the Wet Tropics, allowing movement of wildlife between the Djiru National Park and the coast. QTFN is working on reforestation of this property to maintain and improve its biodiversity values.  Mission beach is best known for the endangered Southern Cassowary (right). As few as 2000 cassowaries are estimated to remain in the wild across the World Heritage Wet Tropics and Cape York, with numbers declining rapidly in the last 40 years. Lot 66 also provides habitat for the vulnerable common mist frog Litoria rheocola and Australian lacelid Litoria dayi and the vulnerable tapping green eyed frog Litoria serrata.

Donations provided through SCBO Brisbane 2016 will be used to maintain and improve the ecological condition of the area:

  • $ 10 m can plant 1 square meter of cassowary food and habitat trees
  • $ 20 can eradicate 10 square meters of weeds
  • $ 30 allows for 1 patrol to trap and remove feral animals by a ranger

For more information on Cassowary conservation and reforestation in Australia, please see Queensland Trust for Nature’s webpage.