Sustainability

Solar Power Production:

Rubicon has a photovoltaic power system that has been producing since the 17th of May 2008.

Yearly power production totals:

  • 2009 – 2777 kWh
  • 2010 – 2693 kWh
  • 2011 – 2671 kWh
  • 2012 – 2724 kWh
  • 2013 – 2642 kWh
  • 2014 – 2559 kWh
  • 2015 – 2538 kWh
  • 2016 – 2163 kWh
  • 2017 – 2175 kWh
  • 2018 – 2087 kWh

Monthly power production for 2019:

  • January – 259 kWh
  • February – 225 kWh
  • March – 198 kWh
  • April – 163 kWh
  • May – 86 kWh
  • June – 91 kWh
  • July – 78 kWh
  • August – 114 kWh
  • September – 171 kWh
  • October – 220 kWh


Green Purchasing Initiatives:

  • All photocopy/printer paper is 100% recycled.

  • Continued purchasing of One Planet over-gear which is heavy duty and long lasting.

  • Staff-issue jackets from Patagonia who have very high sustainability, workforce ethics and fair trade practices throughout the company.


Other Sustainability Initiatives:

  • Tree planting day with Beaufort and Stawell Secondary Colleges.

  • Replaced 15 120w fluorescent light fittings with 3w LED fittings as a trial and are looking at continuing this roll-out over the whole school.

  • Meat free Monday for student’s first night at camp with associated research and presentation tasks for students.

  • New blinds installed in office increasing insulation and shading.

  • New energy efficient heaters for the main dorms.

  • Solar hot water service for the kitchen.

  • Working on the energy module of the ResourceSmart program.