The design and layout of Adventure Alternatives Education Centre uses the principle of minimal environmental impact, passive solar orientation, use of recycled materials and low embodied energy of labour, machinery and resources with the secondary function to be a showcase for sustainability.

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Water-saving & Energy-saving toilet Block

The toilet and shower block utilises dual flush toilets, 3 waterless urinals, low flow spring tap hand basins and 4 minute timed showers all fed by rainwater.

 

Use of Solar Energy

All electricity to the Cabins and Campsite Shelters is supplied by solar electric panels, which are mounted to the roof of the structure so that participants can see them.

We also have a solar powered air-conditioner for our office.

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Local Food & Local Business

All food is sourced from local suppliers such as the Peachester Fruit & Veg shop, the Bakery and local wholesale grocery supplier to ensure the food we obtain has the lowest food miles and to support local businesses within the surrounding rural community. We also utilise our own farm grown beef which is butchered by the local Woodford Butcher to provide roast, mince, beef stir-fry and hamburger patties for camp. 

Protected Vegetation

The Kenilworth Campus has 20 acre Conservation Agreement and 55 acre No Clear Zone over 53% of the property to protect the signification flora and fauna values that will also remain in perpetuity.

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Reduction & Recycling of Waste

Produce and groceries is bought fresh and in bulk to reduce on packaging materials. We also repackage smaller quantities for campout meals in food storage containers rather than snap lock bags which also saves on waste. On camp we have a 5 bin system for waste collection: Organic, Paper/Cardboard, Recyclable bottles & cans, Soft Plastics and Non-recyclable waste. All organic matter is used in our worm farms or composted.

Paper/Cardboard is shredded and made into paper bricks for use in campsites by students instead of using timber.

Recyclables are recycled by Council. While our soft plastics are recycled with Redcycle.  All wastewater is treated on site and irrigated sub-surface to complete our 360 degree water cycle onsite.

Sustainable Learning

Participants can learn about the environment while they utilise these facilities by undertaking in a variety of purpose-designed 2 to 4 hour environmental programs which is integrated into the majority of our programs. These include a tour of the worm farm, bushfood Trail, Chickens, Lantana removal, tree planting, making nesting Boxes, Recycle race, Macroinvertebrates (waterbugs), Lorax, making Solar ovens, and Paper brick making to name a few. 

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