Ways to reduce your emissions at ANU

Get involved with sustainability action now!

Here are some resources for getting involved with sustainable actions at ANU and more broadly. Many of these actions are included in the ANU Green Impact program, a team-based sustainability competition running annually at ANU. Interested in starting a team in your area of ANU? Find out more information on Green Impact here.

What are some meat-free recipes I can use to participate in Meat Free Monday?

Follow this link for an extensive list of meat-free recipes. Hopefully, this can spark some meal ideas!

What are the types of soft plastics that can be recycled and where can they be disposed?

Plastics that are soft enough to scrunch into a ball cannot go in the comingled recycling bin. Instead, you can collect these rubbish items and dispose of them at your nearest Coles or Woolworths in the Redcycle bin, normally located near the front doors. Examples of soft plastics include chocolate/snack bar wrappers, confectionary bags, fresh produce bags, pasta bags, the plastic surrounding meat and Australia post satchels. A more extensive list can be found here. Set up a collection point in your home or office and attached a copy or digital access point (e.g. QR code) to the receptacle. 

What can be recycled and where can you dispose of it in the ACT?

Figuring our what can be recycled as well as where to dispose of items responsibly is not always straightforward. The ACT Government developed a web resource called Recyclopaedia to help individuals reduce, reuse and recycle their unwanted items.

Did you know that you can directly calculate the impact you have by using reusable cups?

Visit this webpage to find out more information.

What is the ANU Low Emissions Events Guide?

The Low Emissions Events Guide is an online resource aimed to ensure that all events at ANU are organised in a sustainable manner that meets the University's net zero goals. There are suggested actions that can be done by event organisers to directly reduce emissions associated with their events. Find the guide here in PDF form or on the ANU Communicators Network Sharepoint which provides ANU staff and students with even more resources for hosting events at ANU.

How can I reduce emissions while travelling?

ANU Below Zero has developed guidelines with ideas on how to reduce emissions when it comes to travelling, these can be found here.

What is the ANU Below Zero Travel Pilot program?

The ANU Below Zero Travel Pilot program is a voluntary pilot program to assist individuals in considering their greenhouse gas footprint while making travel plans. It seeks to improve the ability of ANU staff and students in making informed decisions around their own travel, including making the GHG impacts of travel transparent and facilitating low emissions approaches. Find out more information here.

What are the emissions generated from different modes of travel?

Travelling via bicycle instead of a car for shorter trips would reduce your carbon emissions by an estimated 75% a year, taking public transport instead of driving would reduce your carbon emissions by an estimated 80%, and walking will reduce your carbon emissions even more! See more transport carbon footprint information on the Our World in Data website.

Did you know that you can salary sacrifice an e-bike?

Visit this webpage to find out more information.

Did you know that there are adult cycling lessons in the ACT?

If you want to travel to work more sustainably but are not confident on a bicycle, book in with Pedal Power to increase your confidence! Find out more information here.

Where can I participate in a tree planting activity?

The Arbour Day Foundation is a non-profit membership organisation based in the United States that is dedicated to planting trees. Membership donations go towards restoring national and international forests through planting native trees that support biodiversity, including one site in southeast Queensland. Find out more information here.

In Australia, you can support the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, a conservation charity that you can support in various ways, including registering for Backyard Buddies, a free education initiative that gives you simple tips to transform your backyard into a safe and inviting habitat haven.

Or you can get involved with the ACT Government's Tree planting across CBR, which plans to plant 54,000 trees by 2023-24 to enhance the ACT's urban forest. They are asking Canberrans to tell them where these trees should be planted, particularly looking for locations where there aren't many trees or where the existing trees are ageing or dying. Get involved here.

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