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Sustainability

Sustainability at Aalto University

We are committed to promoting sustainability through research and education as well as in our campus development and other daily practices.

Environmental Engineering. Photo: Mikko Raskinen/ Aalto University

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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CHEMARTS. Photo: Aalto University/ Eeva Suorlahti

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.

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

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.

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Aalto Party 2017. Photo: Aalto University/ Pinja Valja

Aalto Sustainability Hub

To address complex sustainability challenges, Aalto Sustainability Hub works to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto.

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Sustainability reports

Aalto Sustainability Hub network’s activities began in 2018. The objectives of the network are to bring researchers from different fields together, facilitate the inclusion of sustainable development perspectives in teaching and to promote sustainable development as an extensive part of the university’s operation.

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Aalto is committed to SDGs

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

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Aalto Global Impact

We promote and facilitate Aalto University’s research and education for global sustainable development.

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Sustainable Development Goals innovation challenge

Aalto University launches the challenge to find new digital solutions to support implementing and reporting SDGs.

News

Bales of paper and cardboard waste
Research & Art Published:

How to Accelerate the Circular Economy

It sounds simple — one business’s waste becomes another’s input. But the reality is challenging. Three case studies provide best practices.
Annu Nieminen
Research & Art Published:

International Women's Day alumni seminar stirs up discussion of neural networks and peace

The topics covered in the alumni seminar also included new business models and the societal impact of AI and digitalisation.
Where is the water?
Campus, Research & Art Published:

Where is the water?

Only a fraction of the water on Earth is drinkable, so we need ways to use it smartly.
Aalto Research groups
University Published:

Sustainable development is at the heart of our operations

Solving of the great challenges facing mankind in a sustainable way is a key element of Aalto University's research and teaching. Sustainable solutions guide our operations as an organization.
Olarin lukiolaisia Kemian tekniikan korkeakoulun opiskelijamarkkinoinnin työpajassa 8.2.2019/ Kuva: Helena Seppälä
Studies Published:

Chemical technology education fosters sustainable development and opens doors to employment

School of Chemical Engineering provides students with capacities to work for the climate, the environment and sustainable development.
Aalto Research groups
University Published:

Sustainable development is at the heart of our operations

Solving of the great challenges facing mankind in a sustainable way is a key element of Aalto University's research and teaching. Sustainable solutions guide our operations as an organization.
väre aalto-yliopisto solar panels mikko raskinen
Research & Art Published:

Solar power seen as expensive without reason – already a viable option for one in three residential buildings

According to researchers, legal reform could spur a majority of properties to become energy producers.
Aalto-yliopisto Otaniemi 2035 Kuva: A-konsultit / Tietoa Oy
Campus, University Published:

What will Otaniemi look like in 2050?

New buildings and services, more residents and plenty of green. The outlines for the next stage of development at the campus are already being drawn on the map.

Events

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day 2019
Lectures and seminars

Aalto Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day 2019

The panelists of the event are Jukka Punamäki (Senior Advisor for Helsinki City), Terhi Hook (Development Manager for Business Finland) and Avinash Dhital (Project Specialist for Aalto Global Impact).
Sustainability Science Days 2019
Conferences and workshops

SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE DAYS 2019: Mak­ing Use of Sustainability Science

The thematic focus is on sustainable production and consumption, which is the SDG # 12, where Finland’s performance needs to be considerably improved.
EIT RawMaterials Summit 2019
Lectures and seminars

Raw Materials Summit

Stay tuned for more updates! The registration and more details will follow soon.
Digital Business Master Class (DBMC)
Lectures and seminars

Apply now for Digital Business Master Class

Discover the advantages of digital trends, emerging technologies, business design thinking and data-driven business, while enjoying the nightless summer nights, sauna with locals, beautiful beaches, buzzing start-up scene and Nordic superfoods in Finland's innovation capital Espoo.​
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Dissertations

Defence of Dissertation in Organization and Management of Teresa Haukkala, Master of Social Sciences

The title of Teresa Haukkala's dissertation is: ”The wicked problem of a low carbon energy transition. Structure, agency and framing in the multi-actor process of solar PV deployment in Finland”.
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Conferences and workshops

Save the Date 14 May 2019: Conference 'Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging the development and growth'

Save the Date 14 May 2019 - You are invited to attend the conference ‘Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging the development and growth’

Get in touch!

Visit us at

Aalto Sustainability Hub
at the Väre building, Otaniementie 14, Espoo

Email our contact person

Meri Löyttyniemi, Senior advisor, Chair of NSCN
[email protected]
tel. +358 50 313 7549

Updated 8.3.2019
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