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 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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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

Peter Lund. Photo: Anni Hanén.
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Professor Peter D. Lund awarded high Chinese Honour

Renewable energy expert granted Jiangsu Award and Medal of Friendship
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Feeding the world without wrecking the planet is possible

Almost half of current food production is harmful to our planet – causing biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and water stress. But as world population continues to grow, can that last?
Julia Lohmann's Department of Seaweed at WEF. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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Julia Lohmann: ‘We know too much and do too little’

Lohmann’s magnificent seaweed pavilion encourages leaders to make difficult decisions and establish a ‘do-tank’ way of collaborating at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos.
Professori Marko Keskinen
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Water management professor Marko Keskinen studies the interaction of water and society

Water management is not only about environmental sustainability, but also about equity and equality.
Julia Lohmann's Department of Seaweed at WEF. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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Julia Lohmann: ‘We know too much and do too little’

Lohmann’s magnificent seaweed pavilion encourages leaders to make difficult decisions and establish a ‘do-tank’ way of collaborating at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos.
Energian varastointi
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Aalto researchers’ bold initiatives receive more than €2 million in funding

The areas covered by the four research projects include the development of thermal energy storage and mobile magnetic resonance imaging technology.
Luukku House was designed to have a low carbon footprint. Photo by Anne Kinnunen
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Growing demand for climate-friendly construction: could wood architecture become one of Finland’s exports?

The Wood Wonders exhibition to be opened at Helsinki Airport on the 5th of February will show passengers the innovations related to wood construction and display the sector’s latest developments.
Uusi pohjoismaalainen projekti kehittää huipputehoisia puupohjaisia materiaaleja aurinkokennoihin. Kuva: Kati Miettunen.
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Jaana Vapaavuori and Kati Miettunen receive significant funding for developing new composite biomaterials

Four million euros of funding has been granted to research supporting the forest industry and forestry sector in Finland and Sweden.

Events

Dissertations

Defense of Dissertation in Marketing, Emma Salminen, MSc

The title of the dissertation is "Consumers in the Circular Economy: Essays on Extending Product Lifecycles".
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Conferences and workshops

Innovations and Creativity in Climate Education

The two-day seminar displays Aalto University’s current experience in climate education, especially highlighting innovations, entrepreneurship and arts.
Sustainability Science Days 2020
Conferences and workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2020: Destruction & creativity

The Sustainability Science Days is a two-day conference organised jointly by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science and Aalto Sustainability Hub. The conference will concentrate on radical changes that are indispensable for creative solutions to the present sustainability crisis.
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Lectures and seminars

Aalto Ventures Program Summer Course - Creating Multidimensional Experiences

Learn to create immersive experiences in a multidisciplinary team of international students, working together towards a sustainable future.
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Conferences and workshops

Innovations and Creativity in Climate Education

The two-day seminar displays Aalto University’s current experience in climate education, especially highlighting innovations, entrepreneurship and arts.
Sustainability Science Days 2020
Conferences and workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2020: Destruction & creativity

The Sustainability Science Days is a two-day conference organised jointly by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science and Aalto Sustainability Hub. The conference will concentrate on radical changes that are indispensable for creative solutions to the present sustainability crisis.
Group of students jumping in the air
Lectures and seminars

Aalto Ventures Program Summer Course - Creating Multidimensional Experiences

Learn to create immersive experiences in a multidisciplinary team of international students, working together towards a sustainable future.

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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