In 2017, Aalto University decided to launch the Aalto Sustainability Hub to bring together researchers of various fields and promote sustainability throughout the university's operations.
Sustainable development at Aalto University in 2017
Teaching and research
- Aalto University's objective is to integrate sustainability into all teaching and learning. In 2017, the university surveyed how sustainability was evident in the objectives of master’s degree programmes.
- Sustainable development was the topic of 12% of all publications at Aalto in 2017.
- In addition, numerous research projects are linked to sustainability via e.g. utilization of research results.
Publications related to sustainable development 2017
Number and share of all publications
- Through its research and education, the university aims to respond to the big challenges society is facing, such as climate change and the growing inequality in society.
- Aalto University is an active member in a number of sustainable development university networks in Finland and abroad.
- In 2017, Aalto joined forces with six other organisations to establish the Finnish Water Stewardship Commitment, that challenges companies to assess water risks in their value chains and to develop the sustainability of their water usage.
- At the end of the year, Aalto became a member of the Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC) to join with business in countering the challenges of climate change.
Environmental impact of campuses
- A campus operating in line with the principles of sustainable development is a key part of the university's campus strategy. The most significant environmental impacts of the campus are related to energy consumption, transport and recycling.
- Investing in energy efficiency is an important part of campus planning. The use of geothermal heat and solar power is being incrementally expanded on a continual basis.
- Aalto University’s main building Dipoli opened in 2017 after a full renovation as an easy-threshold meeting place for the whole community. Approximately 45% of Dipoli’s heating comes from geothermal energy; for cooling the amount is nearly 75%.
Specific consumption of electricity and heat
Aalto University Campus & Real Estate (kWh/brm²)
Specific consumption of water
Aalto University Campus & Real Estate (l/brm²)
Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO₂ eq.)
Waste amounts according to handling method 2017
Copy paper consumption
- Aalto University ISCN Sustainability Report 2017 (pdf)
- Aalto University ISCN Sustainability Report 2016 (pdf)
- Aalto University ISCN Sustainability Report 2015 (pdf)
- Aalto University ISCN Sustainability Report 2014, integrated to Annual Report (pdf)
- Aalto University ISCN Sustainability Report 2012
- Aalto University ISCN Sustainability Report 2013