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

To address complex sustainability challenges, Aalto Sustainability 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
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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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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

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Open University course Sustainability in Business begins in February 2021

Join our sustainability course and deepen your understanding of how business operations impact society and the environment, and what kind of roles organizations can play in addressing sustainability challenges.
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Apply now for the Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021 event

This year's theme is Resource wisdom. In a world of plenty, what is wise to design for the next generations? A university-wide call is open for the Aalto community in January.
Drawing of people using their smart phones.
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The majority of Finland's ICT emissions are generated outside our borders – So our reporting must be adjusted

It is difficult for companies and consumers to obtain information on the environmental impact of information technology. Researchers recommend unified, cross-boarder reporting obligations for the ICT sector.
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Enforcing diversity in teams pays off — a student story

Making students from different backgrounds work together can make students nervous, but it also makes their teams work better in the long run.
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Aalto University Bioinnovation Centre launching

Aalto University’s Bioinnovation Centre will be established with the grant amounting over 10 million euros received from Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. Bioinnovation Centre will start its operation in 2021 by the recruitment of a professor enabled by the grant and opening the first call for the doctoral school supported by the grant.
Sustainability Science Days 2021 - Online
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Save the date: Sustainability Science Days, Finland’s largest event in sustainability science, highlights the need for radical change

The theme of the next conference is destruction and creativity. Sustainability challenges cannot be solved without radical changes in human activity.
Climate University
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Climate University offers 9 open online courses on sustainability and climate change

Eleven higher education institutions have produced a series of nine courses on sustainability and climate to educate Finns in the fight against climate change.
Violetti Unifi-banneri, jossa kuvattu numeroita, joiden päällä erilaisia graafisia kuvia, esim. avain ja suurennuslasi
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Universities published 12 ambitious theses and intend to become leaders in sustainable development

The thesis package contains extensive recommendations for measures to be taken in teaching, research, administration, societal impact and funding model of universities.

Events

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Climate change - perspectives of hope for the future

The discussion will address, among other things, the mitigation of climate change through technology and the potential for change in the lives of individuals and communities. The event was postponed from Spring 2020 to 2021.
Sustainability Science Days 2021 - Online
Conferences and workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2021: Destruction & Creativity

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

Thought Leader's Talk by Elina Siira

Becoming a social entrepreneur – hear the story of AIDA impact!
Other

Climate change - perspectives of hope for the future

The discussion will address, among other things, the mitigation of climate change through technology and the potential for change in the lives of individuals and communities. The event was postponed from Spring 2020 to 2021.
Sustainability Science Days 2021 - Online
Conferences and workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2021: Destruction & Creativity

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

Get in touch!

Visiting address

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

Contact us

Aalto Sustainability Hub team, contact details

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