Environment and sustainability

We aim for students to develop a deep understanding of sustainability issues and become responsible stewards of our planet.

Leaders in sustainability

In 2010 we launched our first environmental and sustainability plan.

Since then the College has made enormous progress towards becoming one of the leading green schools in the nation.
Some of our significant achievements have been installing one of the largest solar powered systems in any school, some 720kW of solar which offsets our electricity use from the grid by around 40 per cent.

In 2019, Beaconhills was awarded ResourceSmart School of the Year (Campus Infrastructure and Operations) School for our environment-friendly Year 9 Centre with an accompanying wetland. The College also installed for its staff the first electric car charging station at an Australian school.

Throughout our curriculum, students learn about issues related to habitat destruction and Australia’s role in climate change. There are many ways for students to actively become ‘stewards of the environment’. They might join the co-curricular ‘Beacon Growlers’ science club to monitor the habitat of local endangered Growling Grass Frog, or help plant trees with the Cardinia Environment Coalition.


Solar powered


Did you know we are one of the largest solar powered schools in Australia? With a total of an astounding 720kW of panels across our two campuses, our solar systems are something to behold.

Beaconhills has more than 10 main garden areas, including three Indigenous gardens. Our vegetable gardens provide fresh organic produce for our canteens and local charity organisations.

Our three bin recycling system across the College ensures all waste is separated, while worm farms at both campuses process organic waste, which in turn becomes fertiliser for our gardens.

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Read Our Green Report

Our Green Report charts the College’s most recent environmental initiatives and achievements.

Beaconhills College vegetable garden