Sustainability

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.

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: 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

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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AaltoSDG competition running in June

Participate in AaltoSDG application's sustainability actions in June and win movie tickets.
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EIT Climate-KIC Extraordinary Post COVID-19 Regeneration Call 2020

As part of EIT Climate-KIC own response to the pandemic, Climate-KIC launched our Extraordinary Post COVID-19 Regeneration Call 2020.
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Material manufacturing from particles takes a giant step forward

Tiny fibrils extracted from plants have been getting a lot of attention for their strength. These nanomaterials have shown great promise in outperforming plastics, and even replacing them. A team led by Aalto University has now shown another remarkable property of nanocelluloses: their strong binding properties to form new materials with any particle.
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Aalto University hands over chairmanship of Nordic Sustainable Campus Network to KTH

Since initiating its establishment in 2011, Aalto University has steered the Nordic Sustainable Campus Network bringing together over 45 organizations to collaborate on sustainability initiatives
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Department of Built Environment

LIIKE-PALO

VN-TEAS research project: Envisioning and Steering of Emerging Mobility Service Markets in Finland
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Contemporary Design

Minun Itämereni, Baltic sea in a shoebox, Anna Tolonen

A phenomenon based learning kit for primary students on life in the Baltic sea
Human, Illustration by Bingdie Huang
Contemporary Design

Breathing, Bingdie Huang

Marine creatures breathing, the ocean breathing, humans breathing.
Saccharina-Latissima hanging, photo: Anne Hirvonen
Contemporary Design

Exploring Seaweed as a Material

Anne Hirvonen, Emma Sivusalo and Jussi-Pekka Alanen explore whether biodegradable materials made from natural substances such as algae could replace non-biodegradable materials and have features that are crucial in disposable packaging?
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