Vanessa Rauland

Fremantle, Western Australia

Carbon nerd, researcher

In 2011, when Vanessa was completing her PhD in Low Carbon Cities, she and a colleague were asked to calculate South Fremantle Senior High School’s carbon emissions. It went on to become the first certified carbon neutral school in Australia. Driven by the desire to help more schools, the Low Carbon Schools Program was born. Following a two-year pilot in collaboration with Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living, the next version is about to launch. Known as the ClimateClever Initiative, it will build STEM skills and enable students to calculate and compare their school’s carbon emissions, audit buildings and manage low-carbon initiatives.