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CS Blog offers a collection of experiences from Creative Sustainability studies, collaborations and events at the Aalto University.
Sibelius monument photographed from underneath

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.

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Students on the banks of the Longinoja stream.

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.

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Ten reasons to study at Creative Sustainability

Creative Sustainability has existed as a study option for more than ten years at Aalto University. It has catered for different needs and evolved in course of time. Yet fundamental commitments remain the same. The reasons to get involved in sustainability through creativity also remain the same. Here is my list of ten good reasons to join.

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School of Business alumnus Nicolas Dolce

Creative Sustainability Business: 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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Creative Sustainability -alumni Noah Peysson. Kuva: Roope Kiviranta / Aalto-yliopisto

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.

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CS Participation in Circular Innovation Fair 2020

VTT organized the Circular Innovation Fair pitching and networking. There was an audience of more than 400 persons and almost 100 different companies/ organizations, from about 10 countries!

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Carbon Lane

Biochar - the future of the forest industry?

Climate change mitigation requires rapid reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases and decisive efforts to draw down and sequester atmospheric CO2. While technologies for reducing emissions in energy production have matured and are diffusing rapidly, carbon drawdown and sequestration remains a narrow discussion amongst experts and policymakers. Mobilization of further actors in carbon drawdown is needed.

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Creative Teamwork 2020

Launching the CS journey in a hybrid mode during corona times.

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The Test Site projects 2019

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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Exploring The Test Site. Copyright Creative Sustainability.
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CS Thesis work in progress: Growing a leg to my T. Copyright Salla Lahtinen.

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.

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SGT 2019 - Editorial Final Presentation, Exhibited photo by Prithivi Jung Thapa, photography by Luis Alfonso Monje

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

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The SBC board 2019. Photo by Luis Alfonso Monje, kotomonk.com

The CS community celebrated the end of the year 2019

The Creative Sustainability students, alumni and faculty gathered together to celebrate the end of the year 2019 in a Finnish Pre-Christmas party.

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Creative Teamwork 2019 in action

Starting Autumn 2019 as a 1st Year CS student

Autumn semester 2019 from a Creative Sustainability student's perspective.

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Creative Teamwork in action

Towards an eco-welfare state – how to direct the transition?

Interview with Mikko Jalas, Creative Sustainability Programme Director and Professor of Practice, about Towards Eco-Welfare State: Orchestrating for Systemic (ORSI) joint research project.

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Climate Taxi - 2019 - Delphine Rumo

Sharing a CS Thesis work in progress: Design research project – construction materials and circular economy

Creative Sustainability student Delphine Rumo shares her insights from the Thesis process.

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Creative Sustainability featured in FT

CS featured in Financial Times “Special Report: Responsible Business Education”

Creative Sustainability Master's Programme is listed in the best practices of teaching in Financial Times 'Special Report: Responsible Business Education'.

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Korvaa project. Photos courtesy of Aivan.

Sharing a CS graduate experience in Korvaa – multidisciplinary collaboration in practice

Manuel Arias Barrantes graduated as a Master of Arts from the Creative Sustainability programme this year. In this article, he shares his experiences in a multidisciplinary material research project which stems from the desire to replace fossil and animal-based materials.

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Creative Sustainability Capstone 2019

Creative Sustainability Capstone 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.

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Urban transitions and futures 2019

Urban Transitions and Futures 2019

The Urban Transitions and Futures course is part of the collaborative Urban Studies and Planning programme (USP) at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. The course is led by Dr. İdil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design at Aalto University. It is an optional module for Creative Sustainability students.

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Sustainability in business 2018

CS featured in PRiMEtime blog

CS featured in PRiMEtime blog

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SGT Studio 2019

SGT Studio 2019

Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) Studio (WAT-E2070) is an intense co-learning course for Master’s and PhD students and is led by Matleena Muhonen, from the School of Engineering. It is an elective course in the Creative Sustainability Programme.

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How to Change the World: Innovating toward Sustainability

How to Change the World: Innovating toward Sustainability

How to Change the World: Innovating toward Sustainability (21E10000), is an elective course in the Creative Sustainability program and is led by Prof. Minna Halme from Aalto School of Business. The course dives into ‘wicked’ sustainability challenges such as climate change, depletion of natural resources and poverty and uses them as a starting point for innovation of new forms of economic activity, business models, and organisational forms.

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School of Business alumna Anna Pakkala

Creative Sustainability Business: Anna Pakkala

Anna Pakkala was the 2018 Head of Sustainability at Slush. At the moment, Pakkala is working as a Brand Manager at Compensate (2020).

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Participatory methods 2018

Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills 2018

In October 2018, Aalto students practiced facilitation of creative cooperation in the Suomenlinna World Heritage Site. The Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills course aimed to familiarise students with participatory methods, processes, theories and communication, creative cooperation and facilitation skills.

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Sustainability in Business 2018

Sustainability in Business 2018

The Sustainability in Business course (21E16001) is a compulsory course for all CS students. It aims to equip students with the tools and knowledge to understand the field of sustainable business, corporate responsibility and sustainable consumption as well as the pressing social and environmental issues that drive them. Throughout the course students learn how to identify sustainability challenges and how to respond to them in the business setting through a range of group work and individual tasks.

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Creative Teamwork 2018

Creative Teamwork 2018

In September 2018, first year Creative Sustainability students took part in an intensive and collaborative learning experience in Kera, Espoo. The Creative Teamwork course aimed to give students a fresh outlook on Creative Sustainability as a programme, the areas of studies and particular approaches to sustainability.

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Kick-Off Day 2018

Creative Sustainability Kick-Off Day 2018

Earlier this month students gathered together for the annual Creative Sustainability Kick-Off Day. Mikko Jalas, the programme director of the CS Masters programme opened the event with an introduction to studying in Aalto and an overview of what the CS studies can offer new students.

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