Sustainability

What’s up in sustainability?

Webinars, courses, events, etc. that deal with sustainability themes are compiled on this page. Take a look and participate, if you feel like it!
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The winners of the sustainability reporting competition 2022. The prize giving seminar was organized at the School of Business and online.

This page collects information about events and other issues related to sustainability themes that may be of interest to the School of Business's personnel or more broadly. Past events are deleted from the page, and they are not archived anywhere.

Also, welcome to join the Aalto Social's (social.aalto.fi) Sustainability Matters community and discuss sustainability there!

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ENTU Seminar 3.6. at 10.30-12.00, room V001 at the School of Business.

Dr. Justin Battin, Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication & Design at the Royal Melbourne University of Technology (RMIT), Saigon South Campus:

"Culture(s) of Sustainability on University Campuses: A Vietnam Base Case Study."

In the talk he will speak about his efforts in developing and embedding campus-based sustainable practices through:

  1. Curriculum design, using a course titled HUSO2436: Sustainability & Creativity as an example 
  2. Student-staff partnerships, best exemplified with the university’s group of ‘Sustainability Ambassadors’  
  3. Collaborations with industry and non-profit partners, in an effort to make a tangible impact for the local community.

Short Bio

Justin has been at RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City since 2018 and teaches in the Asian Media & Culture stream within the Professional Communication program.  He has teaches a general elective titled Sustainability & Creativity.  Justin has been awarded two RMIT Vietnam Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2021 and 2022) and is recognized as a Senior Fellow by AdvanceHE.  His research focuses on intersecting strands of phenomenological philosophy with the everyday uses of mobile media technologies and mobile social media.  Before joining RMIT, Justin held positions as an Assistant Professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, and as Associate Lecturer at the University of Sunderland.

 He has written and co-edited the following books: Reading Black Mirror: Insights into Technology and the Post-Media Condition(2021), We Need to Talk About Heidegger: Essays Situating Martin Heidegger in Contemporary Media Studies (2018) & Mobile Media Technologies and Poiēsis: Rediscovering How We Use Technology to Cultivate Meaning in a Nihilistic World (2017). You can read more about Justin’s research output here: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0761-3235

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Sustainability Action Booster action showcase at the Test Site Summer Party 

When: Saturday, June 1st, 17:00-20:00. 

Where: A-Frame, The Test Site, Aalto University (near Ossinampi). 

Sustainability Action Booster is an expense grant under Aalto University, coordinated by Solutions for Sustainability, providing accessible and equal opportunities for students to initiate and participate in student-owned sustainability actions – both on campus and beyond. Picture it: under the (hopefully) beautiful Finnish summer skies, at the pretty Test Site, what could be better than learning about our grantees’ stories and mingling with community. Plus, the party, co-organized by the Test Site, Crust and Women of Aalto, will provide vegan food, drinks, DJ music, photobooths, and the coolest of vibes – all at no cost  

Programme: 

17:00: Sustainability Action Booster’s Introduction. 

17:05: Some examples of granted actions, presented by the grantees. 

The showcase of the Test Site’s iconic A-Frame and TasteLab Field Kitchen. 

18:00 – 20:00: Pizza Firing, DJ music, Polaroid photobooth. 

20:00: Party ends, cleaning up. 

Party rules:  

  • Bring an item for the photobooth. 
  • Bring your own comfy sitting item if you want. 
  • Bring your own drink if you want. 

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IJME Call for Papers: The International Journal of Management Education (IJME) will feature a PRME Special Issue titled "Creative teaching methods for achieving responsible management: Educating the next generation of business leaders" in 2024. The Call for Papers will be open until 30 August 2024. Please let us know if you have any questions or reach out to Neil Marriott, Editor in Chief of The International Journal of Management Education at [email protected]

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Sustainability Science Days & Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress (SRI) 2024

10.-14.6.2024, Aalto University, University of Helsinki & Online

Sustainability Science Days (SSD) is a multi-day summit for groundbreaking, transdisciplinary research. It is the biggest sustainability science conference in Finland. SSD brings together the academic community, international top speakers, societal changemakers, and the public to create knowledge, actions, and solutions for a sustainable future. In June 2024 Sustainability Science Days (SSD) unites with one of the world's biggest sustainability congresses –the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress (SRI). The conference is arranged in a unique collaboration by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)

Programme, info and more:

https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/sustainability-science-days-2024

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Professor Marcus Foth from the Queensland University of Technology gives a TUTA Research Frontiers seminar presentation “Technology is the least of our concerns: Three provocations in response to the climate emergency” on 17.6.2024 at 12:15-13:30 on the 3rd floor Aquarium.

The seminar will be held in hybrid mode on Monday 17.6.2024 at 12:15-13:30. Saladlunch will be available at the event.

Location: Aalto University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Maarintie 8, Aquarium (3186) on the third floor.

You can also join the seminar through this link: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/68121669500

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Title: Technology is the least of our concerns: Three provocations in response to the climate emergency

Abstract:

Rising sea levels and more frequent severe weather events are already having major impacts on communities worldwide. Climate change is no longer a future prospect but here and now. The go-to solution to the climate emergency for government and industry has been technology. The promise of quick technology and engineering fixes instils hope but moreimportantly does not require any sacrifices or compromises so consumption can increase unchecked in line with neoclassical economic paradigms still underpinning most societies—capitalism’s aspiration for unlimited growth.

This talk asks a simple question with some profound responses: Will technology innovation save us?

Prof. Marcus Foth will present three provocations in response to the climate emergency:


1.    Efficiency gains ain’t gonna cut it;
2.    Human-centred design is part of the problem, and;
3.    Science and technology won’t fix climate change.

The talk is aimed at prompting further questions and discussion: What responsibility should citizens take in making ethical consumption choices? What is the role of design and designers in intermediating between government, industry and citizens?

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FIBS events(events and training are free for Aalto personnel)

FIBS (Finnish Business & Society) is the largest corporate responsibility network in the Nordic countries. Our purpose is to accelerate responsibility changemakers towards more sustainable world.

FIBS produces dozens of events every year on current responsibility topics, from webinars to workshops. The events address e.g. the latest sustainability tools and practices, provide inspiring case examples from different industries, and share information and experiences. In addition to this, FIBS services include a comprehensive news and information service from research reports to newsletters, publications and to dozens of webinar recordings.

Check what FIBS can offer you: https://fibsry.fi/briefly-in-english/

Aalto personnel can participate in FIBS events free of charge

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