Greening the Retro Rumble
The Retro Rumble Free Event was a family friendly cultural event of diverse retro music and arts, which brought Northbridge alive with the sounds of forgotten eras. The event took place on November 24th 2013. The production company that created the Retro Rumble – HMS Pop Up Productions, places a high priority on sustainability within their events, and they hired The Green Scene to help green The Retro Rumble.
The Green Scene worked strategically with HMS Pop Up productions to produce an event that evaluated ways to reduce it’s overall footprint. By breaking down the event’s sustainability initiatives into the following categories: Waste, Emissions, and Awareness Raising, The Green Scene was able to plan preventative measures, implement and monitor The Retro Rumble’s impact.
With a limited budget, The Green Scene was able to use innovation, creativity and up-cycling to implement many sustainability strategies including –
Waste: Diverting 100% of waste from landfill, using on-site waste sorting with Green Scene monitors, no single use plastics for stall holders, using bio-plastics (biodegradable) cups for the bar and water stations and 100% up cycled signage.
Emissions: Reduction in amount of car travel by production company and set up crew, Set up for green power to be purchased, monitoring of all emissions and calculating overall total of emissions for the event.
Awareness Raising: Social media campaign to promote green travel, Green travel incentives – eco-bags, and $2 off the bar, eco-hub City of Perth stall, re-fillable water drinking station. Stall holders provided with compostable bags, and eco-guidelines. Eco-transport public survey, 12 Green Scene volunteers available for questions and promotion of sustainability.
Offsetting: 88.29tons CO2e was produced by the event ( the majority being from flights for the artists), these emissions were able to be offset through Carbon Neutral via local tree planting initiatives, and Green Power Offsets.
As with any event, there are always areas of improvement to be considered for future events. Some learnings from the Retro Rumble include:
- Access to mains power monitoring was limited and prevent the event from securing green power
- More detailed emissions monitoring to get a more accurate measure of emissions generated
- Lack of eco-suppliers in Western Australia, restricted what was available. for example – bio diesel for generators, and environmental toilets
- Stronger regulation of stallholders to ensure environmental guidelines were followed
For more detailed information on the sustainability initiatives at the Retro Rumble Festival – report here.
Greening events in Western Australia has its limitations and restrictions, however with more and more events taking a stand and incorporating sustainability, we therefore create a demand for more eco-services for events, and eco-minded stall holders. Any event no matter how big or small can implement sustainability initiatives, reducing their footprint and using their event as a great way to raise awareness and encourage sustainable actions.
Are you holding an event? Want to make it a difference as you do it and stand out from the rest. The Green Scene can help you achieve this. Get in touch!
The Green Scene
“The Green Scene enabled us to ‘green’ our festival which was no easy task. The festival itself was complex, encompassing many elements which needed to be investigated, and The Green Scene analysed each element in turn, focusing on waste, water and carbon emissions from the event. They also managed to almost eliminate plastics from the event, encouraging the use of re-useable bags and bottles and compostable cups. We would love to work with The Green Scene on future events and festivals, and would definitely recommend them to other businesses, organisations and festivals. In fact – we already have!”
Captain at – HMS Popup Productions