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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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Aalto Sustainability Hub

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Sustainability reports

In 2017, Aalto University decided to launch the Aalto Sustainability Hub to bring together researchers of various fields and promote sustainability throughout the university's operations.

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Aalto is committed to SDGs

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

Aalto Global Impact

Aalto Global Impact

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

News

The photo shows Professor Jeremy Hall and audiende from the guest lecture at Aalto Sustainability Hub. Photo: Roope Kivitanta / Aalto University
Research & Art Published:

Why do sustainable technologies often struggle to succeed commercially?

Success rates could improve if experts from different fields considered the bottlenecks of commercialization early.
EIT Climate-KIC Innvoation Ecosystem Call 2019
Research & Art Published:

EIT Climate-KIC: Open Call on Climate Innovation Ecosystem creation

Developing and supporting national and sub-national climate innovation ecosystems.
Kuva: Scratching the surface, literally (Kätlin K / Creative Sustainability / Flickr)
Studies, University Published:

The climate is changing - will education at Aalto change as well?

A discussion session was organised At Aalto to reflect on how university education could better respond to the challenges of climate change.
Way Out There - space junk
Research & Art Published:

Send it up, up and away? Maybe not, space junk is a problem!

Clearing up the world’s space junk can pave the way for better mobile infrastructure and other ways to move into space
Väre aula arkkitehtuurikuva Kuva: Tuomas Uusheimo / Aalto-yliopisto
Campus Published:

Campus steps into a new era

School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the School of Business move to their new and modern facilities.
Bakteeriselluloosa
Research & Art Published:

2018 in a glimpse: materials revolution, Nobel laureates in economics, and students’ breathtaking art projects

This past year art and science were celebrated once again at Aalto University
Hailuodon tuulivoimala
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

District heating can be produced without fossil fuels in Finland – even in Helsinki

The change is possible through the use of heat pumps, wind power, heat storage and demand response.
Professor of Practice Anna Mikola Aalto University ENG photo: Annamari Tolonen
Appointments, Press releases, Research & Art Published:

New professor of practice to promote circular economy in wastewater treatment

Anna Mikola, DSc (Tech.), has been appointed Professor of Practice at the School of Engineering in the field of municipal wastewater treatment starting 1 November 2018.

Events

Aalto EIT Services Javor
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Digitally Circular Meetup

A bi-monthly networking event to accelerate circular economy development by connecting circular economy professionals, digital experts and business decision makers to enable and encourage co-ideation and co-creation.
Aalto Sustainability Hub, © Creative Sustainability Heidi Konttinen
Lectures and seminars

ASH seminar series: Towards game changing sustainable impact: Awareness-based education and co-creation

Inner dimension of sustainability has a major role in transitioning towards life-positive futures. This means acknowledging the effect emotions and habits-of-mind have on learning and action, in order to catalyze rapid and large-scale systems change. Without recognizing and activating conscious human agency, all the detailed roadmaps, pathways and sustainability goals may just lead to a dead end. The seminar will look into this in context of education
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.
Aalto Living+ Forum by Aalto Living+ Platform
Lectures and seminars

Living+ Forum 2019: Inclusive Environments

The multidisciplinary public lecture series starts on January 10. Design for All, Multicultural Living Environments, and Aging in Cities, are only a few of the topics covered. We welcome everyone to meet and discuss!
Photo by sergio souza on Unsplash
Dissertations
Aalto EIT Services Javor
Other

Digitally Circular Meetup

A bi-monthly networking event to accelerate circular economy development by connecting circular economy professionals, digital experts and business decision makers to enable and encourage co-ideation and co-creation.

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