Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt has announced a $50 million endowment for Indigenous scholarships at The Australian National University (ANU) and the University's bold pledge to become carbon-negative.
The Vice-Chancellor announced these major initiatives as part of the State of the University address to ANU staff at Llewellyn Hall on Friday.
Professor Schmidt acknowledged the challenging start to the year and the resilience of the University community in the face of bushfires, smoke, hail and coronavirus.
He said "an almost universal concern across our campus is the impact of climate change", before pledging that ANU would become carbon-negative "as fast as possible".
"The world is looking to us, and other leading universities, for action and solutions, so the Chancellor and I resolved that we must do something significant," Professor Schmidt said.
The University's Climate Change Institute will convene a group of staff and students to chart how ANU can remove more carbon than it emits each year.