Sustainability

Instructions and tips for a sustainable life

Our green campus is made of small and large activities.
Aalto University Campus
Image: Unto Rautio / Aalto University

Food

After housing and mobility, food is the most significant factor affecting climate change.

  • Choose plant-based and seasonal foods, as well as local, organic and fairtrade.
  • Only take as much as you can eat.
  • Use proper cutlery, instead of paper or plastic.
  • Tapwater is an ecological choice for drink.
  • You can share and pick up leftover foods through the student’s telegram group.

Electronics, IT

Use computers and other devices eco-efficiently. The Aalto IT Service Desk can help you.

  • Check the power save settings on your computer, even the sleep mode uses power.
  • Turn off the screen, lights and devices, when not in use.
  • Minimise your paper consumption, print on both sides of a paper and in smaller print.

Waste

Make smart choices – avoid waste.

Transportation

Aalto strives for sustainable mobility with HSL and cities.

Purchases

Otaniemi recycling center is the perfect place to rent your homeware. You can also donate, buy and get free useful stuff in the heart of the campus: fb.com/reuseandrescue

Leisure time and events

Look for other events by student union's Campus Section and other associations, such as the Village Clean-up Day.

Housing and university buildings 

Aalto aims for energy efficiency in campuses.

  • Change to green electricity
  • ”No adds please / Ei mainoksia” sticker in your door cuts down the paper waste.
  • Switch off the lights when you don't need to use them.
  • Switch off your workstation's screen, when leaving the work station.
  • Use email or other electronic communications channels instead of printouts
  • Conserve water

The most effective way to promote sustainability is through your studies

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

Education for sustainability

Our aim is to integrate sustainability into all education at Aalto.

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CHEMARTS. Photo: Aalto University/ Eeva Suorlahti

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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Recycling and sorting

Waste sorting at Aalto University

Services
AaltoSDG

AaltoSDG mobile application

The application supports Aalto University's work on sustainable development goals from the point of view of education, research, art and everyday life at Aalto University.

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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.
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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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Press releases, Research & Art Published:

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.
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AaltoSDG competition running in June

Participate in AaltoSDG application's sustainability actions in June and win movie tickets.
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Department of Management Studies

SUB researchers to present at the virtual Academy of Management conference

From August 7-11, several members of the SUB research group will participate in the 80th annual meeting of the Academy of Management, this year held virtually because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Event Sustainability - checklist for event planning

This checklist helps you to consider the environmental sustainability of your event.
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Aalto Materials Platform

Naturally Dramatic

A science-art project aimed at textiles and materials that contribute to more sustainable practices in costume making by using cellulose-based materials.
Department of Economics

Global micro-data project on energy transition

We collect big data from successful energy transitions to help design cooler markets.
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