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:

Michael Buchta is a Creative Sustainability master's student
Creative Sustainability

Creative Sustainability master’s student Michael Buchta shares his experience in the programme

A third-year 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.
Creative Sustainability

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
Creative Sustainability

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.
Students on the banks of the Longinoja stream.
Creative Sustainability

Systems Thinking students visiting Longinoja

Systems Thinking 2021 course visited Longinoja, one of the most well-known streams in Finland and a very interesting area in terms of its species and related civic activity. Mikko Jalas, the teacher of the course, now shares this experience with us.

Alumni stories, networks and collaborations:

Creative Sustainability Master's Programme

Creative Sustainability Alumni Stories

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

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The Test Site

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.

Creative Sustainability

News

Aalto University's main campus in the winter
Campus Published:

Big savings in campus' energy consumption

Aalto community took up energy conservation measures covering the entire Otaniemi campus on 10 October 2022.
Michael Hanf in his work.
Cooperation, Studies Published:

Alumnus Michael Hanf: Finland provides a great place to live and work

‘Helsinki caught my attention as it was different from the typical locations my fellow students selected.’ says Michael Hanf who came to do exchange studies at the then Helsinki School of Economics in the end of 1990s. After that he has been working in Finland and Germany and currently is the co-founder of Taival Advisory, helping clients to consider sustainability and circularity in their strategic decision making.
Aalto-yliopisto/ Unto Rautio
University Published:

An Entrepreneurial Mindset: What does it mean in teaching?

Integrate Entrepreneurial Mindset into your course and curricula with competencies drafted by Aalto Co-Educator.
Kestävyysraportointikilpailun 2022 voittajat
Cooperation, Honoured Published:

Finland’s top sustainability reports are of high quality

Stora Enso won the overall competition for the third time

Events

Selection of events from Aalto University and Creative Sustainability

Strategy Circle 2022 audience
Lectures and seminars, Networking

Aalto Strategy Circle After Work: Strategy and Sustainability

The Aalto strategy circle brings together strategy professionals and business leaders to learn and exchange ideas about the most relevant current topics in strategy through interactive sessions involving international academics and local professionals.
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Lectures and seminars

NODUS TALKS Biochar. In the city?

NODUS TALKS series is organized by the NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group of Aalto University, bringing together researchers and practitioners on topics relevant to design, innovation and sustainability. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, both held in English.
Graphic design. On the right side of the visual there is a volcanic landscape with beautiful rocky pathway towards a mountain. Left side of the visual is fading to black. On the top left corner: Sustainability Science Days text is displayed with Swear Display font, and Aalto University and Helsinki University logos below on the left hand side of the visual.
Conferences, Workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2023: PATHWAYS OF HOPE – Knowledge, Actions, Solutions

The Sustainability Science Days (SSD) is an international conference organised jointly by Aalto University and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) on May 23–26, 2023.
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