Student projects with ANU Below Zero

Below are some of the projects, reports and essays by ANU students working towards Below Zero objectives.

Aggregated Energy Use at the ANU

Group Project with RSAA

This report determines how energy use is aggregated from individuals, through subcommunities using the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) as a case study to the whole of the Australian National University (ANU) campuses. This report is presented to the ANU Executive to inform short, medium and long term strategies that can be implemented to support behavioural change, reduce energy use and encourage long term campus sustainability. Read the full report here.

Pathways towards ANU Below Zero: A review of behavioural change, waste management, and carbon sequestration

Pathways towards Below Zero

Australian National University (ANU) has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net negative as soon as possible through the ANU Below Zero Initiative. To facilitate progress towards this initiative, this report aims to investigate carbon emission reduction strategies employed at universities and organisations around the world. A critical literature review was performed to evaluate (1) behavioural change and waste management, and (2) carbon sequestration strategies in universities such as the University of Cambridge, and organisations of Blue Planet. Notably, these strategies do not represent all negative emissions technologies just as the entities evaluated do not cover every entity reducing emissions. This evaluation highlighted 11 principles contributing to universities’ success in behavioural change and waste management strategies to reduce carbon emissions which may be beneficial for consideration by ANU Below Zero. They comprised: top-down endorsement; staff, student and community engagement; communication and awareness campaigns; embedding awareness into practice; supporting institutional policies; alignment with other initiatives; appropriate governance and monitoring, and; the use of incentives or prohibitions. Similarly, 4 enabling environments were identified for effective carbon sequestration: long-term commitment, research funding, alignment with circular economy policies, and carbon accounting mechanisms. Read the full report here.

Soft Plastic Audit at an ANU hall of residence

soft plastic bag

An ANU undergrate decided to do an "at home exchange" after COVID-19 postponed her exchange to Canada. She moved into Fenner Hall on the ANU campus and decided to conduct an audit of the soft plastics her fellow residents were using and then disposing. See how she went with collecting, storing and weighing the mountains of soft plastics as well as her conclusions around corporate responsibility to increase awareness of how to dispose of these refuse items here.

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