Sustainability at Aalto University
- Sustainability and responsibility in teaching and research
- Sustainable campus
- Outreach, societal impact
Our mission sets an obligation to promote sustainable development. Sustainable development is connected to both the university's own work and the contents of research and teaching. Our intention is to integrate sustainability and responsibility into all teaching and research by 2015 and be Finland's leading sustainable university campus in 2020.
Aalto is the first Finnish university to join International Sustainable Campus Network, ISCN (international-sustainable-campus-network.org).
Reporting on sustainable development
- Aalto University Foundation Board annual report and financial statements 2012 (pdf)
- Aalto Sustainability Report 2012 (international-sustainable-campus-network.org)
- Aalto University Properties Ltd annual report (pdf)
Aalto University's commitment to Rio+20
- Aalto University's commitment to Rio+20 objectives (rio20.euromed-management.com)
- The president's blog entry on Aalto University's commitment to Rio+20 objectives (blogs.aalto.fi)
The intention of Aalto University is to promote the themes of sustainable development in line with the strategic priority areas.
These themes include e.g. sustainable use of energy and natural resources and a human-centric living environment.
The intention is to integrate sustainability and responsibility into all teaching and research by 2015. Aalto's sustainable development is realised in interdisciplinary cooperation with all six schools.
Examples of forms of cooperation:
- Creative sustainability (creativesustainability.info)
- Sustainable Global Technologies (sgtprogramme.fi)
- Principles of Responsible Management PRME (Aalto School of Business) (biz.aalto.fi)
- Aalto Energy Efficiency Research Programme (energyefficiency.aalto.fi)
- Aalto ARTS , sustainable development (arts.aalto.fi)
- Aalto MEMA Pro (aaltopro.aalto.fi)
We intend to be Finland's leading sustainable university campus in 2020. Our premises, instruments, equipment, materials and related services are of high quality and purposeful. They are being developed with a long-term perspective, cost-effectively and following the principles of sustainable development.
All service units participate in making the sustainable campus an everyday reality. The focus is on ecologically sustainable development, but social, cultural and economic aspects are also taken into account.
Examples of ongoing projects:
Campus 2015 architectural competition
Campus 2015 – Aalto University's international architectural competition for Otaniemi central campus.
The aim of the competition is to create a vibrant and interactive environment for research and learning activities on Aalto University's Otaniemi campus where work, study, leisure and living are interwoven in a natural way, creating the foundation for a university city of the future.
Campus 2015 (campus2015.aalto.fi)
Aalto Garden - Urban gardening to Otaniemi
Aalto Garden Otaniemi was a competition for environmental art and landscape architecture organised by Aalto in 2012. The aim is to create a pleasant campus garden area that strengthens the sense of community and it is planned to be opened during 2013.
Aalto Garden Otaniemi project (living.aalto.fi)
Recycling on campuses and practices
- aalto.fi/ecocampus; sustainable transportation and practices
- aalto.fi/recycle; recycling instructions
Aalto University is an actor that understands, anticipates and influences the needs of society and promotes the welfare and quality of life of society and its members through high-quality research and instruction.
With regard to its approaches and work culture the university is a unique node of research, development and innovation.
- Aalto Global Impact (aaltoglobalimpact.org)
- Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (aalto.fi/nscn)
- Tongji Sustainable Campus Development (tongji.edu.cn)
- Greening Events in Helsinki Metropolitan area (greeningevents.fi/en)
Networks, memberships, partners
The sustainable development work is carried out through several networks and membership in several organisations. In addition, a number of partners participate in the sustainable development work.
- ISCN, International Sustainable Campus Network (international-sustainable-campus-network.org)
- Finnish Business and Society (fibsry.fi)
- Finnish ESD Forum (bup.fi)
- City of Helsinki, Climate Partners (ilmastokumppanit.fi)
- RCE Espoo network, Education for Sustainable Development (espoo.fi)
- Baltic University Programme (bup.fi)
- Finnish University Partnership for International Development (unipid.fi)
- The Association for Environmental Management (yjy.fi)
- University of Tampere (uta.fi)
- Yrkeshögskolan Novia (novia.fi)