Developing a web or mobile application to calculate the ANU travel carbon footprint

External Member

ANU Institute for Climate, Energy, & Disaster Solutions


Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and now is the time to take urgent action. The ANU Below Zero goal is “for ANU to achieve below zero emissions by 2030 for energy, waste, work travel and direct on-campus greenhouse gas emissions”.

This project involves designing, implementing, and evaluating a mobile application for ANU students and staff travelling domestically and internationally on ANU business to calculate and visualise their carbon emissions. The app will allow users to enter the different modes of travel for each trip (e.g., flights, car, bus, train, etc), and visualise the carbon footprint data in interest ways to motivate behaviour change by making lower emissions decisions.

You will need to identify relevant functionality, undertake interaction and experience design, implement the mobile application, and conduct some evaluation with prospective users. This is a single semester six-unit project.

You may have the opportunity to share your completed project on the ANU Below Zero website and social media channels if you wish.


Required skills

  • Completed coursework or equivalent experience in programming and mobile application development
  • Familiarity with mobile and web application development frameworks such as React and Angular
  • A genuine interest in the project topic, and the skills and motivation to independently complete the project within the given timeframe

Suggested skills

  • Completion of COMP3900/COMP6390 or relevant experience in human-computer interaction and user experience design is highly advantageous
  • Understanding of behavioural psychology

How to apply

To submit an expression of interest for this project, please email by Monday 14 February 2022 with the subject line: “Student Project EOI: Developing a Mobile App to Calculate the ANU Travel Carbon Footprint”

Your email must include all of the following for your application to be considered:

  • Academic transcript(s)
  • CV
  • 1-page project proposal with your motivation, project phases and methods, and a weekly timeline of activities and deliverables.

Background Literature


Environmental sustainability, climate change, emissions reduction, carbon negative, ANU Below Zero, human-computer interaction, mobile applications

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