Get involved

Meeting our below zero targets will require organisational and behavioural change throughout the University, both at an institutional and individual level. The ANU Below Zero Initiative will also be integrated into research and teaching, with various opportunities for research projects and internships. 

How can I reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with ANU?

More than 90 per cent of ANU staff and students are either concerned or alarmed about climate change, compared with 52 per cent of the Australian population. Most ANU staff and students feel that the institution and individuals both have critical roles to play in addressing climate change.

At an institutional level, all business units will be asked to incorporate below zero targets into their strategic plans. The University is working to develop recommendations to bring university policies and procedures in line with below zero targets.

We are reviewing ANU policy on air travel to support and facilitate reducing business travel-related GHG emissions, which are projected to be one of our largest sources of emissions. After consultation with staff and students from across the University in 2021, we have developed a voluntary pilot program to assist individuals in considering their greenhouse gas footprint while making travel plans. We welcome everyone to participate in the program and consider the practical advice contained with the Low Carbon Travel Guidelines.

Recently, we launched the Green Impact program at ANU, a sustainability program designed for ANU staff and students to make a difference through climate action on campus. It's a simple and effective way for departments and teams at ANU to make positive environmental changes whilst connecting with other staff and students across the University. We are exploring other ways to help support individual and grassroots actions to reduce emissions in Schools, residences and other local areas. 

There are also a range of behavioural changes that all of us can apply every day. These include:

  • reducing energy consumption and switching away from fossil fuel energy, wherever possible;
  • choosing low-emission transport, such as cycling, walking, car sharing and public transport use;
  • limiting air travel to essential trips only;
  • being mindful about what we buy, reusing items and choosing locally sourced, low-emission food;
  • reducing waste, recycling and composting food waste.

Studying climate change and energy at ANU

ANU offers more than a hundred undergraduate and postgraduate courses relevant to the Below Zero Initiative, covering climate science, adaptation and mitigation, economics, law, policy and governance aspects of climate change vulnerability and energy. Many of these courses can be taken as electives as part of broader degrees. There are also a number of specialised climate and energy programs, including the Master of Climate Change and Master of Energy Change degrees. 

For more information on:

  • Courses and student projects incorporating ANU Below Zero, visit here
  • Studying climate change and energy at ANU, visit here
  • ANU programs and courses, search here

Research opportunities

There is a range of research projects linked to Below Zero Initiative at undergraduate, postgraduate and HDR-levels and beyond. 

These could include research on energy efficiency, renewables, battery storage and carbon sequestration, community engagement around emissions reductions and technologies that support behaviour change to reduce emissions.

Internships opportunities

We will have internship opportunities as part the Below Zero Initiative, including with the Institute of Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions, in Facilities and Services and via other internship programs such as the Australian National Internship Program (ANIP). There are internship opportunities within every ANU College, let us or your course convenor know if you are interested in doing a College-supported intership through Below Zero.

Contact us 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities linked to the Below Zero Initiative, please contact:

Juliet Meyer, Below Zero Engagement Manager, Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions

E: belowzero@anu.edu.au

T: +61 2 6125 6611

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