Re-thinking Design, Business and Chemical Engineering

Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint Master's degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Chemical Engineering. Established in 2010, the CS programme brings students from a variety of fields together, to study and work in multidisciplinary teams and create novel sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning, design thinking, blended learning and strong connections to practical outcomes. The graduates of the programme have the endeavour to understand and address systemic phenomena and wicked problems.

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CS Blog

Study-life, events, research projects, and more on the CS Blog:

The Test Site projects 2019
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Greetings from The Test Site and year 2019 in a nutshell

The Test Site, a student-led community doing projects in practical sustainability, summarises its eventful year 2019. Text by Mayumi Itoh and Jinook Hwang.
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Suggested readings for starting Creative Sustainability students – and anyone interested in critical and creative exploration on a more sustainable world

Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability: Suggested readings for starting students
CS Thesis work in progress: Growing a leg to my T. Copyright Salla Lahtinen.
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CS Thesis work in progress: Growing a leg to my T

Creative Sustainability design student Salla Lahtinen shares her personal insights about finding one's own interests and developing competencies.
SGT 2019 - Editorial Final Presentation, Exhibited photo by Prithivi Jung Thapa, photography by Luis Alfonso Monje
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Lifelong experiences from Sustainable Global Technologies course: Researching sustainable reconstruction after a natural disaster in Nepal

Course project story by Creative Sustainability Master's students from Sustainable Global Technologies Programme 2019 at Aalto University

Collaborations, networks and alumni stories:

School of Business alumnus Nicolas Dolce

School of Business alumni story: Nicolas Dolce

Study course projects and a Social Hackathon competition helped Nicolas Dolce, our Creative Sustainability alumnus, to prepare for working in sustainability consulting. 'The Capstone course sharpened my project management, client interface, and business development skills.'

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Research groups and Networks

Research collaborations and networks of the Creative Sustainability Master's Programme

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Creative Sustainability The Test Site with UWAS Innovative Approach to Circular Economy course. © Abigail Garbett

The Test Site

The Test Site is a student-led network of practical sustainability at Aalto University.

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Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Bio-based coating for wood outperforms traditional synthetic options

Researchers turn a non-toxic residue into wood coating that resists abrasion-, stain-, and sunlight.
Kemira bootcamp 2020
Cooperation Published:

New starts at the Kemira Boot Camp

Kemira together with the School of Chemical Engineering organized a Boot Camp for the students of Aalto University.
Creative Sustainability -alumni Noah Peysson. Kuva: Roope Kiviranta / Aalto-yliopisto
Studies Published:

Master's student Noah Peysson: ‘I learnt problem solving from the holistic aspect of the Creative Sustainability programme’

The program also helped me develop a more critical perspective on the information and solutions that are given to us.
Creative sustainability students brainstorming
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Creative Sustainability included in Financial Times’ list of best practices for sustainability in business schools

School of Business was included among the best practices for sustainability in teaching and student projects.


Selection of events from Aalto University and Creative Sustainability

A futuristic black-and-white banner with neon yellow details says "Unfolding Tomorrow". At the bottom the logos of Aalto University, Aalto Ventures Program and Aaltoes.
Lectures and seminars

Unfolding Tomorrow — The fight for a cooler planet

Learn what you can do today for a sustainable tomorrow!
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Conferences and workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2022: Systemic Transformations to Sustainable Futures

The Sustainability Science Days is an international, two-day conference organised jointly by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and Aalto University on 18-19.5.2022.This year the conference will focus on the theme of systemic transformations to sustainable futures in a globally connected world and highlight the urgency to act now.
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