Sustainability news from Aalto University – March 2020

Forwarded to Urban Mill Network:

Here once again the monthly collection of sustainability related news from aalto.fi. Take care of yourself, the people around you and the environment!

Emma Sairanen, ASH Trainee

How are you today?
During these challenging times, it’s important to take care of yourself and your colleagues. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/how-are-you-today

Finnish researchers join forces to investigate the airborne transmission of coronavirus
The project includes fluid dynamics physicists, virologists and biomedical engineering specialists. The researchers are using a supercomputer to carry out 3D modelling and believe that the first results will be obtained in the next few weeks.
https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/finnish-researchers-join-forces-to-investigate-the-airborne-transmission-of-coronavirus

New material developed could help clean energy revolution
Researchers developed a promising graphene–carbon nanotube catalyst, giving them better control over hugely important chemical reactions for producing hydrogen fuel. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-material-developed-could-help-clean-energy-revolution

New scanner can improve the detection of cancer tissue and brain disease diagnoses
Researchers aim to have the technology ready for hospital use and commercialisation by the end of next year. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-scanner-can-improve-the-detection-of-cancer-tissue-and-brain-disease-diagnoses

Water knowledge has a central role in the mitigation of climate change
World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/water-knowledge-has-a-central-role-in-the-mitigation-of-climate-change

AaltoSDG application development in spring 2020
The AaltoSDG mobile application is actively developed throughout 2020 based on feedback from the users and Aalto community. The goal for the app is to improve visibility of Aalto University’s SDG work as well as engage users to participate in the SDG work by taking human size actions. The next development sprint is starting soon and the next update will be published in May. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/aaltosdg-application-development-in-spring-2020

Not a drop wasted – AaltoCell™ fibres utilised in a new circular economy project
With funding totaling €240 000, the project aims to make more efficient use of food industry side streams. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/not-a-drop-wasted-aaltocelltm-fibres-utilised-in-a-new-circular-economy-project

From birch to poppies –  fabric for Marimekko’s shirt dress
The yarn spun from Ioncell® fibre is stronger than its commercial equivalent and performed excellently in the printing process and washing tests. The chemicals used to make the fibre were completely recycled too. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/from-birch-to-poppies-how-the-fabric-was-created-for-marimekkos-unique-shirt-dress

Capital of the campus nature
Nature enhances the economic value of an area and contributes to the wellbeing of people. Aalto University campus’s natural capital and ecosystem services were mapped in 2019, in a survey prepared by Ramboll Finland Oy. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/capital-of-the-campus-nature

Kutsu etäyhteystapahtumaan 2.4.2020: Miten tehdään muovin suljettu kierto Helsingin seudulla? (muutama paikka vapaana)

Edelleenlähetetty Pääkaupunkiseudun Smart&Clean säätiön kutsu Urban Mill -verkostolle:

Miten kaikki muovi kiertää:
Aika: 2.4. 9.00 – 10.00 Liitythän mukaan jo klo 8.45. Esitykset alkavat klo 9.00
Paikka: Zoom etäyhteys, linkki toimitetaan ilmoittautuneille

Koronatilanteen vuoksi järjestämme tilaisuuden Zoom-etäyhteydellä. Ilmoittaudu mukaan tai vahvista aiempi ilmoittautumisesi alla olevasta linkistä. Zoom-kutsulinkki lähetetään vain ilmoittautuneille.

Pääkaupunkiseudulla vain kuusi prosenttia muovista kiertää uudelleen materiaaliksi. Tavoitteena on nostaa muovijätteen kierrätysaste 60 prosenttiin. Onnistuminen tässä saisi aikaan päästövähenemän, joka vastaa noin 80 000 pääkaupunkilaisen henkilökohtaisia CO2 päästöjä.

Haluatko sinä olla mukana rakentamassa tätä konkreettista muutosta kiertotalouteen?

Tervetuloa aamukahveille kuulemaan lisää kokonaisuudesta ja verkostoitumaan eri toimijoiden kanssa. Teoista ja rooleista keskustelemassa muun muassa Espoon kaupunginjohtaja Jukka Mäkelä, Fortumin Kierrätys- ja jäteliiketoiminnan johtaja Kalle Saarimaa ja Lassila & Tikanojan yhteiskuntasuhdejohtaja Jorma Mikkonen.

Smart & Clean – säätiö on talven aikana kerännyt dataa, analysoinut sitä ja tunnistanut vaikuttavimmat teot muovijätteen vähentämiseen, kierrätyksen lisäämiseen ja uusiomuovituotteiden kysynnän kasvattamiseen. Avainkumppanit ovat sitoutuneet kunnianhimoiseen tavoitteeseen – pakkausmuovin kierrätysaste nostetaan 50 prosenttiin ja muovin kokonaiskierrätysaste 20 prosenttiin vuoteen 2025 mennessä. Tule kuulemaan ja keskustelemaan, miten tämä on mahdollista saavuttaa sekä miten sinä voisit tähän vaikuttavaan työhön osallistua.

Ohjelma:

Miten tehdään systeemisiä ilmastoratkaisuja? Esimerkki: Kaikki muovi kiertää
Iina Oilinki ja Jaana Pelkonen, Smart & Clean -säätiö.

Keskustelu:
Kaikki muovi kiertää: miten toteuttaa vaikuttavat teot – kuka tekee mitä?
Jukka Mäkelä, kaupunginjohtaja Espoo
Kalle Saarimaa, liiketoimintajohtaja Fortum
Jorma Mikkonen, yhteiskuntasuhdejohtaja Lassila & Tikanoja
Loput keskustelijat varmistuvat myöhemmin

Lisätietoja tapahtumasta: Jaana Pelkonen jaana.pelkonen@smartclean.fi tai +358 40 540 9775

Tapahtuman tiedot:
Rekisteröidy: Avoin ilmoittautumislinkki
Tilaisuuden nimi: Miten toteutetaan muovin suljettu kierto
Paikka: Zoom-etäyhteys
Osoite: Zoom-kutsulinkki lähetetään vain ilmoittautuneille
Aika: 2.4.20209:00 – 10:00
Viimeinen ilmoittautumispäivä: 31.3.2020 12:00

Fortum Forward program – for individuals and teams who want to develop an idea to tackle climate change

Fortum is looking for individuals or teams who are capable of driving idea development and are eager to create impactful solutions for a cleaner world.

Wanted: ideas that can tackle climate change can be related for example to Sustainability and resource efficiency, Smart energy solutions, Mobility, but has not to be limited to these.

Fortum Forward is a goal-driven 8-week program that offers the opportunity to create an own startup with Fortum’s support and world-class resources. The application period ends by March 24th.

Read more and apply: www.fortum.com/forward

Photo: Fortum

Apply to Greenhouse idea accelerator program Bread Goes Future – set your ideas free!

Invitation by Lantmännen & Vaasan in co-operation with Urban Mill:

We must re-think our food production, if we want to live off our land in the future. This is what we do at Vaasan and at Lantmännen, a Swedish agricultural cooperative that owns Vaasan. But we need more people who think differently in order to produce tasty and healthy food for our future generations.

Do you have an idea about the future of bread? Do you have fresh insight on oat to complement our expertise? Maybe a way to reduce climate impacts in the bread chain?

Apply now to Greenhouse – together we’ll create the bread innovations of tomorrow!

The Greenhouse consist of six workshops arranged during the spring of 2020, and will culminate in a dragons’ den event in May. The aim is to sharpen raw ideas into complete business cases. Participation in the program is free of charge, you will only need to take care of your travel fees to the workshops arranged in Espoo.

The program is a joint effort by Lantmännen and the bakery company Vaasan – part of Lantmännen Group. Poster Greenhouse – Bread Goes Future.

Read more and apply by February 23rd at lantmannen.com/greenhouse

Program managers:
Emma Nordell
emma.nordell@lantmannen.com
+ 46 70 387 47 82

Jakob Söderström
jakob.soderstrom@lantmannen.com
+ 46 72 221 25 77

Are you an entrepreneur with a good idea that you want help to develop further? Lantmännen’s Greenhouse is an accelerator focused on innovations within food and agriculture – from field to fork. The Greenhouse is established to create an environment to help develop up-and-coming entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs with their business or idea in order to become a profitable and sustainable long-term. Each seed is a startup!

Application form: SmartUp Accelerator 2020 (Smart Consumption)

Are you working on solutions to reduce the environmental impact and resource consumption of the things we do in our daily lives, as part of a startup/SME based in Finland?

Are you working on for example on:

– Sharing economy solutions
– Reducing/eliminating food waste
– Circular economy solutions
– Awareness raising/nudging solutions

Apply to the 2020 edition of the one-of-a-kind SmartUp Accelerator to get help in propelling your business! You’ll receive tailored support from amazing mentors and partners, take part in an expenses-paid bootcamp in Berlin and get connected to potential clients and investors.

Application is open until February 12.

 

Aalto University announces: Has the Circular Economy-bug bit you?

Via Aalto Sustainability Hub:

”Are you looking for a multidisciplinary and hands-on experience course on how to (Re)design processes, products and services in the value chain?

Do you want to know how to create an environmentally sustainable business model out of unforeseen problematics?

Then our course Circular Economy Design Forum (CHEM-E6215) is the right place to be. During 6-weeks you will define in and international and multicultural environment a problematic, propose a solution and build your own business case to solve it.

Have you been into a real recycling facility or know the real cost of recycling operations? You are in luck because we have a visit Kuusakoski Oy recycling operations in a day-long excursion!

Enrollment already started, Don’t miss your place!

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Rodrigo Serna, Rodrigo.serna@aalto.fi
MSc.
Omar Velazquez omar.velazquezmartinez@aalto.fi

Aalto University, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering”

Circular economy startups are pitching at GREENTECH CHALLENGE Investor day in Otaniemi on Oct 24th

Date and time: Thursday 24.10.2019 14-19
Location: Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, 02150 Espoo, FINLAND

𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗖𝗛 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗘 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵 is taking place at Urban Mill 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝘂, 𝗢𝗰𝘁 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵 on Otaniemi campus, where 12 circular economy startups are going to pitch in front of industry VIPs and investors. Many entrepreneurs, impact investors, and consultants from KPMG, Salesforce, AWA etc. will be there as well.

It’s a great opportunity to network with impact investment professionals as well as listen to the pitches by entrepreneurs who strive for sustainability.

Participation is FREE. Just register through the link below & have fun at the event!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2608340552578177/