Friday, May 25, 2007

ANUgreener

Very cool things happening at ANU on the green front.

We've just established a new $3 million loan fund designed to support measures that reduce the University’s environmental impact. Our Green Loan Fund is the first of its kind at an Australian university. Departments can apply for loans of between $20,000 and $250,000 for sustainability projects, such as cutting down on water use or reducing carbon emissions.

The ANU has also signed a three year agreement to purchase green energy which should prevent 15,800 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum from entering the atmosphere by 2009. This along with other greenhouse abatement activities will see the ANU reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the end of 2009.

We've also just invested in a new
HotRot composting facility to compost food scraps from residence halls and other organic matter from across campus. It should generate 400 tonnes of compost each year.

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