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.
Aalto Party 2017. Photo: Aalto University/ Pinja Valja

Sustainable practices

Aalto University’s Code of Conduct outlines sustainability as one of the operating principles of the university. We aim to minimise any adverse effects of our activities on the environment in all our operations. 

Our Code of Conduct also sets rules and guidelines for our commitment to, for example, good scientific practices, promoting openness and responsibility in our communication, and working with partners who share our ethical code. 

The university also has a committee on research ethics and a working group on sustainable services, which promotes sustainability in the university’s various functions. In addition, our operations are guided by equality and diversity guidelines and accessible learning plan.

Read more below about how you can participate in promoting sustainability at Aalto. 

Sustainability networks

Aalto University operates actively in global and national sustainability networks. Get to know our networks better.

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Sustainability Science Days

Sustainable campus

The key environmental impacts of the campus are related to energy consumption and transport. A sustainable and carbon neutral campus is at the core of the campus strategy.

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Väre ja Kauppakorkeakoulu aurinkopaneelit Kuva: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto-yliopisto

Event Sustainability - checklist for event planning

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

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People at an event

Instructions and tips for a sustainable life

Our green campus is made of small and large activities.

Aalto University Campus

Recycling and sorting

Efficient recycling and sorting of waste is part of Aalto University's sustainable development strategy. We strive to reduce waste and reuse raw materials for either new products or energy.


Reuse and Rescue (external link)

Choose the easy and sustainable way - rent your homeware from Otaniemi recycling center's and Viako's service.

Reuse and Rescue

SDGs at Aalto University

Aalto University is the first Finnish university to sign universities' global Sustainable Development Goals Accord.

strategy workshop Image: Mikko Raskinen

Sustainability reports

Science, technology and arts play an important role in solving global sustainability problems. Aalto University’s strength is its strong multidisciplinary approach to humanity’s greatest challenges, such as environmental crises.

An Aalto pen lying on the page of a study book, students working in the background / photo by Aalto University, Aino Huovio
Environmental hydraulics ENG Pic by Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Climate Leadership Coalition (external link)

Climate Leadership Coalition is a network of companies, research organizations and cities who strive to be among the leaders of their respective fields in terms of climate ambition. It strives to make a significant positive climate impact through business solutions.

Crystal flowers in halls of mirrors SCI Pic by Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Finnish Business & Society (FiBS) (external link)

FiBSnetwork is Finland's leading accelerator of sustainable business.

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Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (external link)

The network is targeted to sustainability and environmental staff working in the Nordic higher education institutions – both in administration and teaching.

Otakaari 1 aerial winter Pic by Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

International Sustainable Campus Network (external link)

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.

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