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The problem

Humanity faces three major interlinked environmental challenges - climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.  Human-induced global warming has spurred changes to the earth’s climate that are now occurring in every region.  Climate change impacts are accelerating and affecting people all over the world.  Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production are causing air, water and land pollution.  Meanwhile biodiversity loss is accelerating due to a range of factors including habitat loss and climate change.   

Transformational change is required to address these issues. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible is essential, as is removing any remaining hard to abate emissions for the long-term.  Addressing pollution, including via the circular economy, and supporting biodiversity conservation are also vital. 

Our solutions

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Sustainability at ANU - Consultation with ANU community

Have your say on prioritising sustainability action at ANU and how the new Sustainability Division can support our mission

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Climate action in practice: new emissions reduction goal for travel

Global temperatures over June-August this year have been the hottest on record by a wide margin (

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ANU kicks off the transition away from gas heating

This winter, for the first time four buildings on the Acton campus have been heated using electric heat pumps, keeping occupants warm without re

Sustainability events at ANU

Multiple areas across the University including the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU Thrive, and the Fenner School, host sustainability events that share and celebrate their research, education, policy engagement and community. Visit their sites or ANU Events for more.

Green Impact events

Green Impact is delivered by the not-for-profit, member-led organsiation, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). ACTS host an annual calendar of events - be they live webinars, shared learning opportunities, competitions or networking events​.

Contact us

For any questions or further information about environmental sustainability at ANU please contact us. We are very open to sharing our experiences, and to hearing your suggestions.

Get involved

There are many opportunities for staff, students and other members of the community to get involved in environmental sustainability actions at ANU.

Green Network

Are you an ANU staff or student? Join the Green Network and join the conversation on environmental sustainability.