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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

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.
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Aalto Global Impact

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

News

Haukio and Niinistö. Photo: Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Take Finland’s lead and choose clothes you don’t have to feel guilty about

An Aalto University-designed and -produced dress made of birch trees shows how one day we will all look—and feel—good in sustainable fabrics
Milla-Mari Vastavuo ja Mikko Niemeläinen / Kuva: Mirkku Merimaa
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Greenhouse utilising pulp mill residual streams wins Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s Innovation Contest for Students

This innovation developed by Aalto University students may revolutionise Finnish food production by means of the circular economy.
Emma Saarnio ja Helmi Liikanen
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Jenni Haukio’s Independence Day gown sets the stage for Finland’s next 100 years

Designed by Aalto students Emma Saarnio and Helmi Liikanen, the dress evokes nature with exquisite materiality and minimalist lines
uusia integroituja mallinnus- ja analyysimenetelmiä
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Assistant Professor Matti Kummu secures €2 million ERC grant to explore sustainable ways to meet the growing food demand

The main aim is to assess globally what are the feasible opportunities to meet the future food demand with sustainable use of natural resources.
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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.
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Cooperation, Press releases Published:

New cooperative project develops problem-based learning in South Asia

A project coordinated by Aalto Global Impact will strengthen the capacity of universities to take hold of global development challenges.
Kuvassa näkyy Elizabeth Miller. Kuva: Roope Kiviranta / Aalto-yliopisto
Honoured, Studies Published:

Human networks are the key also in developing circular economy

Everyday discussions within the supply chain may create new dynamics and benefit companies that produce new products from waste materials.

Events

Kalustekierrätyspäivä
Campus

Get your furniture at the last recycling day of the year!

Kalustekierrätyspäivä järjestetään ensi viikon tiistaina 18.12. Otakaari 7:ssa.
Sustainability Science Days 2019 - call for abstracts
Conferences and workshops
Aalto EIT Services
Conferences and workshops

Climate Innovation networking workshop

Climate-KIC is organizing an ideation workshops with Nordic partners to find partners who share a same thematic interest:
1. Circular Economy in Basic Materials, focuses on finding solutions to accelerate systemic change on circularity of plastics, metals and cement
2. Policy and Organisational Innovations for Urban Transitions, seeks innovations that support organizational transitions towards a low-carbon society
Sustainability Science Days 2019
Conferences and workshops

SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE DAYS 2019: Mak­ing and Taking Use of Sustainability Science

The thematic focus is on sustainable production and consumption, #12 SDG.
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!
Aalto EIT Services
Conferences and workshops

Climate Innovation networking workshop

Climate-KIC is organizing an ideation workshops with Nordic partners to find partners who share a same thematic interest:
1. Circular Economy in Basic Materials, focuses on finding solutions to accelerate systemic change on circularity of plastics, metals and cement
2. Policy and Organisational Innovations for Urban Transitions, seeks innovations that support organizational transitions towards a low-carbon society

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