Instructions and tips for 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 signifi cant factor affecting climate change.

  • Choose vegetarian 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.
  • Giving away leftover food https://web.telegram.org/#/[email protected]

Electronics, IT

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

  • Check the power save settings on your computer, even the sleep mode uses up 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.

  • Repair, reuse and recycle
  • Sort waste according to instructions

Transportation

Aalto strives for sustainable mobility with HSL and cities.

  • Whenever possible walk, cycle or use public transportation, favour rail traffic: reittiopas.hsl.fi
  • City bikes: kaupunkipyorat.hsl.fi
  • Loan campus bikes from Dipoli or from Harald Herlin Learning Centre.
  • Repair your bike in Otaniemi at a BFIX work station or through Bikepoli
  • Car sharing
  • Compensate your carbon emissions compensate.com

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: kierratyskeskus.ayy.fi, 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 effi ciency 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

Tehokkain tapa edistää kestävyyttä on opintojen kautta

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

Education for sustainability

Our aim is to integrate sustainability into all education at Aalto. All our Bachelor's and Master's Degree programmes will include content on sustainability by 2020.

Sustainability
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

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