ANU Below Zero Emissions: Behavioural Change

How might we incentivise and embed more climate friendly behaviour into the lives of students and staff?

About this Event

This digital workshop (via zoom) provides an opportunity to share your ideas for how the Australian National University (ANU) might incentivise and embed more climate friendly behaviour into the lives of students and staff. The event will kick off with very short presentations to set the scene by:

Dr Samantha Stanley, Research School of Psychology
Stephanie Penales, Masters of Environment and Development student
Susan Helyar, Director, Residential Experience in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience)

Participants will then be invited to share their ideas for how ANU can achieve this goal (40 mins). All contributors are requested to keep their statements very short and concise to allow a range of people to contribute.

This is a public workshop event and will be recorded. The recording will be made available through the ANU Below Zero website and to those who register using the Registration link above. Please read the Consultation Information Sheet, User Guide and Moderation Guidelines which detail important information and the terms and conditions of engaging with this process.

ANU Below Zero Consultation

In February 2020, ANU called for urgent action to address climate change and committed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to below zero, as soon as possible.

ANU are now undertaking a consultation process around how we can address climate change. Consultation is open from 8 Sept -20 October 2020 and you can participate by:

- Registering for this workshop
- And / or contributing your ideas and build on other people’s ideas via our online idea capturing platform - Ideanote*
*In order to post/save your idea, you will be asked to join ANU Below Zero after hitting the submit button. You can use your ANU ID and password by clicking the Single Sign On (SAML) option.

The consultation has been divided into seven themes. You can also engage on the other themes:

Energy and Buildings
Travel
Reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases
Integrating Below Zero operations, research & teaching
Finance, investment and purchasing
Leadership and targets

Background on Behavioural Change

Reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will require change at both an institutional and individual level. It will be particularly important to consider the way that we travel, how we use energy, how we deal with waste and what we purchase.

This will require broad community engagement, including participatory and empowering student engagement and ongoing communication campaigns. The University will also need to provide structured pathways to help staff and students reduce their emissions, for example by providing data to make informed decisions, infrastructure, toolkits and case studies.