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:

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Pragati Singhal - A Look Into Sustainability From Another Part of the World

Creative Sustainability student Pragati Singhal shares her experience of an international internship project in Chile.
Michael Buchta is a Creative Sustainability master's student
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Creative Sustainability master’s student Michael Buchta shares his experience in the programme

A Creative Sustainability master’s student shares his experience studying the programme at Aalto.
A self-made Christmas ornament on a Christmas tree: a felt heart that says love.
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Ten Nonconsumerist Christmas Gifts for Those Who Already Have Everything

This is a list of ten Christmas gift ideas that don’t require purchases of any kind. They work for other occasions as well!
Sibelius monument photographed from underneath
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Do you see the blue sky? Ponderings on climate poetry

Climate change inspires literature, not only of the nonfictional kind, but also fiction and even poetry. I want to share with you some of my ponderings on a poem that struck a chord with me the first time I read it years ago and that I still keep finding more meanings in every time I come back to it.

Alumni stories, networks and collaborations:

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Creative Sustainability Alumni Stories

Where do our graduates work? Where to head after studies?

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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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News from Aalto University

The picture shows the menu, in which the CO2 emissions are marker with color codes and the price in euros.
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

New research: Labeling carbon footprint affects the choices of mass catering customers – and the labeling method matters, too!

A recent study conducted in Germany shows that customers in a student canteen choose low-emission meals when presented with the carbon footprint of meals. This effect was strongest when the information was color-coded in a traffic-light scheme and translated into environmental costs in euros. According to one of the researchers, these findings could also be relevant for Finland, where mass catering is particularly popular.
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Cooperation, Studies Published:

Earn credits and learn sustainable entrepreneurship at Solve the SDGs

Solve the SDGs, the sustainability hackathon by Aalto Ventures Program and Junction, is organized from 22–24 March.
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Solve the SDGs returns — now in Finland and India

Solve the SDGs, the sustainability hackathon by Aalto Ventures Program and Junction, is organized from 22–24 March in Finland and India.
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Awards and Recognition Published:

School of Business became a Champion member of the global PRME network for sustainability education

Champion-level membership demonstrates that the School of Business is a leader in promoting responsibility, not just nationally but also internationally, while also committing it to work more diligently to advance sustainable development and responsibility.

Events

Selection of events from Aalto University and Creative Sustainability

Knitwear Workshop
Workshops

Aalto Repair & Rewear: Small Repairs in Knitwear

The first workshop of Aalto Repair & Rewear!
Image of four key speakers at the event: Jukka Suomela, Kirsi Yliniemi, Jaan Praks, Heidi Peltonen
Academic events, Networking, Workshops

Preparing Aalto Graduates to be Responsible and Influential Experts

Join us for breakfast, short talks and discussions with fellow teachers about an urgent topic – sustainability in teaching and how it affects graduate responsibility and influence in the workforce.
NODUS Talks Innovation during Polycrisis
Lectures and seminars

NODUS TALKS Innovation during Polycrisis

Presentations and panel discussion with Janne I. Hukkinen and Sara Lindeman
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Other

Solve the SDGs 2024

Apply now for a sustainability hackathon like no other! Create solutions for real-world challenges and start the work towards a better tomorrow, today.

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