Creative Sustainability

Creative Sustainability Capstone 2019

Originally published 28.5.2019

The Capstone course in Creative Sustainability is a project-based, compulsory course for CS students. The course is led by Leena Lankoski, programme leader for Creative Sustainability Business and Senior University Lecturer from the Department of Management Studies.
Creative Sustainability Capstone 2019

During the three-month course students worked intensively in multidisciplinary teams to find creative solutions to real-life social and environmental challenges brought by partner organizations. This year students were able to choose from six different client driven projects related to diverse applications of sustainability. Topics ranged from communications to behavior change and systems thinking. As the final course in the CS schedule, students are able to apply learnings gathered throughout the master’s programme in a real-world context.

The project partners: 

Compensate Foundation

Compensate is a non-profit foundation that aims to stop climate change by offering ways for people to live a carbon negative life via compensatory payment scheme. The project brief related to critical steps for individual’s CO2 compensation to become an essential tool in the fight against climate change.

Elisa Oyj

Elisa is a Finnish telecommunications company founded in 1882. The project brief related to strategy execution - Elisa as a trustworthy corporate citizen.

Fazer Lifestyle Foods

Fazer Lifestyle Foods is the latest business area of the Fazer brand, established in early 2017. The project brief related to consumer behaviour towards plant-based eating.

LiiKe – Sports and Development and PBL East Africa

LiiKe – Sports & Development is a Finnish non-governmental organization established in 2001. The main purpose of the organization is to develop the lives of children and youth living in developing countries through sport and health education. The brief related to using Physical Education as a lever to improve health and learning outcomes in Tanzanian Schools.


Qheat is a Finnish startup company on the energy industry which provides innovative geothermal energy solutions. The project brief related to market entry in the energy industry.

Smart & Clean Foundation

Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation is a step change project to drive the change towards a more sustainable and prosperous future through various channels including: smart mobility, smart cities, circular economy and smart power systems. The project brief related to measuring and scaling up impacts of change projects.

For more information on the Capstone in Creative Sustainability course please check Weboodi

Photographs are available on the CS Flickr

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