Sustainability

Sustainability at Aalto University

We are committed to promoting sustainability through research and education as well as in our campus development and other daily practices.

Environmental Engineering. Photo: Mikko Raskinen/ Aalto University

Research for sustainability

Complex sustainability challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity and global inequality call for ground-breaking and societally impactful research. Our key research areas give us a unique chance for creating practice-relevant knowledge on cutting-edge sustainability solutions.

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CHEMARTS. Photo: Aalto University/ Eeva Suorlahti

Education for sustainability

Our aim is to integrate sustainability into all education at Aalto. All our Bachelor's and Master's Degree programmes will include content on sustainability by 2020.

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Climate KIC Summer School 2017. Photo: Aalto University/ Roee Cohen

Sustainable Aalto

Understood through all its dimensions - ecological, social, economic and cultural - we are committed to carrying out our activities in a sustainable manner. For example, we work actively to develop the energy efficiency of our property portfolio and to reduce energy consumption in our campuses.

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Aalto Party 2017. Photo: Aalto University/ Pinja Valja

Aalto Sustainability Hub

To address complex sustainability challenges, Aalto Sustainability Hub works to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto.

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Sustainability reports

The core impact of our operations is related to high-quality teaching and education, enabling solutions for pressing sustainability challenges. Developing a sustainable campus is also a key part of our strategy.

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Aalto is committed to SDGs

Aalto is the first Finnish university to sign universities' global Sustainable Development Goals Accord.

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Aalto Global Impact

We promote and facilitate Aalto University’s research and education for global sustainable development.

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Sustainable Development Goals innovation challenge

Aalto University launches the challenge to find new digital solutions to support implementing and reporting SDGs.

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News

Circular economy workshop series
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Circular economy workshop series brings cross-university collaboration

Upcoming workshop series aims to be a forum for knowledge sharing in circular economy and cross-disciplinary communication for successful collaborations.
Yrittäjyyden tutkijatohtori Virva Salmivaara
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Virva Salmivaara: I study the role of entrepreneurs in sustainable development

According to the researcher of entrepreneurship, researchers must have a personal vision they believe in, and they need to be prepared to work persistently to achieve their goals.
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Since cooling demand is primarily driven by the sun, could it also be powered by the sun?

The International Energy Agency has dubbed increased global cooling demand as one of the most critical blind spots in today’s energy debate. A new study entitled - Meeting Increased Global Cooling Demand with Photovoltaics during the 21st Century - yields critical new insight to a fundamental question: How much photovoltaics (PV) would be needed to power the world sustainably?
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EIT Festival - 2nd October @Aalto

Welcome to the EIT Festival to discover EIT Innovation Communities in Finland!
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The Finnish Presidency Event - European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy

The European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy
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New biomaterials and their market potential are at the centre of interest in the United States

How can bio-based materials be adopted as an alternative to synthetic plastics on an industrial scale? Is it possible for environmentally friendly textile production to be profitable?
Kuvassa ylhäältä vasemmalta Ernesto Hartikainen, Nina Borger, Jussi Kallio, Jasmin Järvinen, Rosa Väisänen, Eetu Ahonen ja Erkki Aalto. Kuva: Hanna Wikström/ Aalto-yliopisto
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Aalto's alumni developed a solution for reducing consumers’ carbon footprint

Colour coding the packaging material of daily consumer goods would facilitate recycling but a cleaner and homogeneous recycling fraction would also enhance the opportunity for waste reuse.
Emma-Riikka Myllymäki is Assistant Professor of Accounting in the School of Business. Photo: Outi Puukko
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Emma-Riikka Myllymäki: High quality reporting improves decision-making

The Assistant Professor of accounting encourages companies to develop their sustainability reporting.

Events

New Silk research project
Exhibitions and fairs

New Silk - What can we learn from spiders?

How to produce new types of silk-like materials in the context of synthetic biology
Circwood project
Exhibitions and fairs

Circwood: Recirculating wood within the built environment

In Finland, more than one-third of construction and demolition waste is wood.
Envisioning Malminkartano 2050. Photo: Andre Vicentini
Exhibitions and fairs

Urban transitions for cooler futures: Imagining Malminkartano in 2050

Cities are critical intervention points when addressing climate change and there is an urgent need to transform both how we live in cities and how cities support our needs.
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Exhibitions and fairs

Nordic Rebels: Goose bumpifying learning for societal agency

How might we create learning experiences to enable anyone to see what role they play in creating a more sustainable future for our societies and planet?
Structural paper folding techniques by researcher Miia Palmu. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya
Exhibitions and fairs

Envisioning the future of packaging

There is an urgent need for sustainable alternatives to oil-based packaging materials such as styrofoam.
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Lectures and seminars

Lähiöfest Seminar: People-Driven City 2019

‘People-Driven City’ is the main conference of ‘Lähiöfest’ – festival of neighbourhoods. In 2019 Lähiöfest takes place in four different Finnish cities: Espoo, Riihimäki, Kauniainen and Helsinki.
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Conferences and workshops

Workshop: Business Hooks for Closing Loops

“Business Hooks for Closed Loops” is an exploration of the business case for the circular economy.
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Conferences and workshops

4th Expert Forum Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility: Electrification and Lightweight Design

The Expert Forum on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility.
Registration Deadline - 15 Sept 2019

Get in touch!

Visiting address

Aalto Sustainability Hub
at the Väre building, Otaniementie 14, Espoo

Contact person

Meri Löyttyniemi, Senior advisor, Chair of NSCN
[email protected]
tel. +358 50 313 7549

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