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 team 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

Kerrostalo ja kallioita
Cooperation, Press releases, Research & Art Published:

The SUBURBAN PRIDE project examines the relationship between mental images of suburbs and the built environment

The multidisciplinary project combines history of architecture, sociology, and research in critical cultural heritage and landscape architecture. The purpose of the project, based on research and workshops, is to build a sustainable future for suburbs.
Project by Yu Chen & Chia-wen Hsu. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
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Nordic Biomaterials with CHEMARTS - Small steps for change are valuable

In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. The overuse of existing raw materials cannot continue, and global consumption must decrease.
Recycled battery metal in a bowl
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Recycling of batteries and responsible raw materials are Finland's asset - A major project enhanced cooperation within the battery sector

The two-year BATCircle consortium led by Aalto University has produced a lot of new research on battery recycling and raw materials and strengthened the cooperation within the sector
Aalto New European Bauhaus proposals Photo: Aleksi Poutanen
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Contribute to the New European Bauhaus initiative this Spring

We all have the possibility to contribute to the EU’s Green Deal pilots and agenda during Spring 2021. 
Kerrostalo ja kallioita
Cooperation, Press releases, Research & Art Published:

The SUBURBAN PRIDE project examines the relationship between mental images of suburbs and the built environment

The multidisciplinary project combines history of architecture, sociology, and research in critical cultural heritage and landscape architecture. The purpose of the project, based on research and workshops, is to build a sustainable future for suburbs.
Project by Yu Chen & Chia-wen Hsu. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
Studies, University Published:

Nordic Biomaterials with CHEMARTS - Small steps for change are valuable

In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. The overuse of existing raw materials cannot continue, and global consumption must decrease.
Kuvituskuva: moderni toimistorakennus, jossa lasiset seinät
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Economists see an emission allowance system for construction materials as the most cost-effective way of reducing the carbon footprint of construction

An emissions allowance system would steer the construction industry toward making the needed emission reductions where it can be done at the lowest possible costs, researchers say.
Four students sitting in on a wall outside the Aalto University School of Business building. They are all laughing and discussing vividly.
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Understanding connections: Climate Change, Health and Architecture

What does climate change and architecture have in common? We dig deeper into the course topics with course faculty Professor of Practice Laura Arpiainen and Adjunct Professor Matti Kuittinen. In this course, students will learn how to design and build for a better future and contribute to positive change.

Events

Cooperation in planning
Online event

Integrating transport with other land uses: policy mixes and calibrations

An open lecture by the recently appointed Aalto University Professor Dominic Stead will be held online on the 14th of April, 2-3:30 pm EET (local Helsinki time). Prof. Stead will talk about his work on policy integration for transport and land use planning.
Aalto Sustainability Talks seminar series wheel logo, with turquoise background. Highlited is SDG 12 slot on brown colour. Text with font Georfia: Sustainable textiles - still dream or possible reality? 16.4.2021 / 9:00-10:15, Online-webinar.
Online event

Sustainable textiles – still a dream or possible reality?

Aalto Sustainability Talks research seminar on sustainable textiles and SDG 12.
Tapahtumabanneri. Kuva vihersävytteisestä kaislikosta. Kuvan päällä tapahtuman tiedot ja kumppaneiden logot.
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.
NODUS Talks
Online event

NODUS TALKS Food Sovereignty. People's Sovereignty!

Online presentations and panel discussion with Aslihan Oguz & Ruby Van Der Wekken.
Good Life Engine: First steps colorful event banner with an illustration of a person and a dog
Online event

Good Life Engine: You are not alone

Join us to learn more about the multifaceted and multidimensional aspects of loneliness and find new ways of addressing loneliness!
Aalto Sustainability Talks seminar series wheel logo, with turquoise background. Highlited is SDG 12 slot on brown colour. Text with font Georfia: Sustainable textiles - still dream or possible reality? 16.4.2021 / 9:00-10:15, Online-webinar.
Online event

Sustainable textiles – still a dream or possible reality?

Aalto Sustainability Talks research seminar on sustainable textiles and SDG 12.
Tapahtumabanneri. Kuva vihersävytteisestä kaislikosta. Kuvan päällä tapahtuman tiedot ja kumppaneiden logot.
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.
NODUS Talks
Online event

NODUS TALKS Food Sovereignty. People's Sovereignty!

Online presentations and panel discussion with Aslihan Oguz & Ruby Van Der Wekken.

Get in touch!

Visiting address

Aalto Sustainability
at the Väre building, Otaniementie 14, Espoo

Contact us

Aalto Sustainability team, contact details

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