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.

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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 research collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto.

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Aalto Sustainability Hub
An Aalto pen lying on the page of a study book, students working in the background / photo by Aalto University, Aino Huovio

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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strategy workshop Image: Mikko Raskinen

SDGs at Aalto University

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

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Aalto Global Impact

Aalto Global Impact

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

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Sustainability Science Days

Sustainability networks

Aalto University operates actively in global and national sustainability networks. Get to know our networks better.

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Aalto Sustainability Stories

Aalto Sustainability Stories

The sustainability stories featured in this booklet serve as examples and showcase outcomes of research and teaching in line with the Aalto University principles, mainly creating a world-class research and learning environment focused on sustainability and circular economy.

Browse the Aalto Sustainability Stories brochure.

News

Rosegbach. Photo: Daniel Viviroli.
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A quarter of the world’s lowland population depends critically on mountain water resources

Global water consumption has increased almost fourfold in the past 100 years, and many regions can only meet their water demand thanks to essential contributions from mountain regions
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Simple yet effective ways to act on climate change – tips for everyday life

Author and Creative Sustainability student Rinna Saramäki and AaltoSDG mobile application encourage everyone to take action to mitigate climate change.
AaltoSDG 2.0
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Updated version of AaltoSDG is out

Share, rate and see your impact – here’s everything you need to know about AaltoSDG mobile application’s new update.
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Joint project seeks low-emission industrial solutions

Converting electricity into another form of energy and then back into electricity can be applied to the production of synthetic fuels, chemicals and the edible proteins known as 'electric' foods.
250 ilmastotekoa
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Simple yet effective ways to act on climate change – tips for everyday life

Author and Creative Sustainability student Rinna Saramäki and AaltoSDG mobile application encourage everyone to take action to mitigate climate change.
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020: Race for the Future
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This is what a more sustainable world looks like: Wood-based glitter, electric-powered boats and printed solar cells

The Aalto University Designs for a Cooler Planet event will showcase inspiring future scenarios during this coming September. The exhibition aims to show that collaboration between designers, researchers and stakeholders will lead to better solutions for people and the environment.
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AaltoSDG competition running in June

Participate in AaltoSDG application's sustainability actions in June and win movie tickets.
Jaana Vapaavuori
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Young Researcher of the Year develops multifunctional materials

The Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion has named Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori as Young Researcher of the Year for 2020. Vapaavuori's work is guided by design thinking and the optimal utilisation of resources.

Events

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Lectures and seminars

Entrepreneurship summer course: Creating Multidimensional Experiences (Online)

Learn to create immersive experiences in a multidisciplinary team of international students, working online but together towards a sustainable future.
Wood-based structural shimmering wood colour has no colour pigments. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya
Exhibitions and fairs

Shimmering Wood by Structural Colour Studio

Nature’s brightest colours – like those found in peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are created through microscopically small nanostructures.
Bioslime by Chiao-wen Hsu & Yu Chen. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
Exhibitions and fairs

What’s cooking? Bio-based material experiments by CHEMARTS

From a bio-adhesive to reed panels and cellulose foam, a unique work created in collaboration with designers and biomaterial researchers shows what natural materials can do.
Beautiful electric powered boat Skand designed by Jean Munck and Laura Hietala.
Exhibitions and fairs

Electric-powered boat SKAND

The boat is powered by solar cells and makes no noise in the water. It has also been designed for rental use or as a city boat so that many people in the future can enjoy being on the water, while saving nature and materials.
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Conferences and workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2021: Destruction & creativity

SSD is a two-day conference conference concentrating on radical changes that are indispensable for solutions to the sustainability crisis.

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Visiting address

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

Contact us

Aalto Sustainability Hub team, contact details

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