Each principle, when combined with the next, has allowed the business to develop a centre which is easy to mange, beautiful aesthetically and provides a sense of place for all. The design and layout of the centre uses the principle of minimal environmental impact: no trees removed, solar orientation, use of recycled materials and low embodied energy of labour, machinery and resources, function and form with the secondary function to educate participants of viable environmentally sensitive alternatives.
Adventure Alternatives has developed its own Carbon Calculator to get a better understanding of the businesses carbon use during program, including transportation of staff cars, students on buses, carbon to produce meat and grown vegetables, source dairy-based products and rubbish removal through to carbon burnt during a camp fire. The system is able to give a clear outcome to the number of trees needed to be planted during program to offset the programs carbon use. Whilst on program, students plant trees and remove weeds to give them first hand experience of repaying their environment debt for their impact.