Aalto-yliopiston kestävän kehityksen raportti 2019 on julkaistu – Sustainability Report of Aalto University 2019 published

Tänään julkaistussa raportissa Aalto-yliopiston vastuullisuudesta ja kestävän kehityksen toiminnasta raportoidaan tutkimuksesta, opetuksesta, yhteiskunnallisesta vaikuttavuudesta sekä kampuksen ympäristövaikutuksia ja yliopiston toiminnan välillisistä vaikutuksista.

Kestävä kehitys nousi vuoden 2019 aikana entistä keskeisempään rooliin Aalto-yliopiston uutta strategiaa valmistelevan työn myötä. Koko yliopistoyhteisö on tulevan strategian myötä sitoutunut rakentamaan kestävää tulevaisuutta. Helmikuussa 2018 Aalto-yliopisto allekirjoitti ensimmäisenä yliopistona Suomessa yliopistojen kansainvälisen kestävän kehityksen tavoitteiden (Sustainable Development Goals) SDG Accord -sitoumuksen, jossa se sitoutui edistämään YK:n kestävän kehityksen tavoitteita osana opetusta, tutkimusta, innovaatiotoimintaa ja kampuskehitystä. Yliopisto kuuluu kansainväliseen yliopistojen kestävän kehityksen verkostoon (International Sustainable Campus Network, ISCN).

The document published today reports on Aalto University’s work to support sustainable development and responsibility through research, teaching, and societal impact activities and on the environmental effects of Aalto University’s campus and how its own actions play an indirect role in those effects.

Sustainable development acquired more prominence at Aalto University in 2019 through the work of preparing the new Aalto strategy. With the adoption of the new strategy, the whole university community commits to building a sustainable future. Aalto University was the first Finnish university to endorse the UN Sustainable Development Goals Accord, which it signed in February 2018. In so doing, Aalto pledged to promote the UN goals of sustainable development through its teaching, research, innovation and campus development. Aalto University is a member of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).

Aalto sustainability reporting

English: https://www.aalto.fi/en/sustainability/sustainability-reports
Suomeksi: https://www.aalto.fi/fi/kestava-kehitys/kestavan-kehityksen-raportit
På svenska: https://www.aalto.fi/sv/hallbarhet/rapporter-om-hallbar-utveckling

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.

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

Find online events at Aalto University!

From Aalto Alumni Circle:

Aalto University and its partners arrange several hundreds of events annually, also open to alumni and corporate representatives. We cannot invite guests to the campus until 31 May. However there are many events online.

The calendar below is updated according to the information we receive. Follow the events’ own sites or organisers for more information. Aalto University official announcements about the situation you can read here.

Follow the most updated list of the events and exhibitions at aalto.fi/for-alumni/events

Seuraa ajantasaisinta tapahtumakalenteria suomeksi: aalto.fi/fi/alumneille/tapahtumakalenteri

Funzi Future Pack launched! Four high-quality free mobile courses that equip the users with the skills needed during the crisis and for building a better future thereafter.

Dear Funzi community,

During these challenging times of uncertainty, we want to reach out and let you know that we are committed to our mission, to you – our learners, and the incredible community that has supported us, more than ever before. We are facing extraordinary times, but we are optimistic that together we will overcome the challenges and come out stronger.

Since 2015, Funzi has delivered the calming message of information and learning to millions of mobile users in many types of crises in collaboration with governments, the UN system, and third sector organizations. Our capability to deliver effective and motivating learning to all connected devices is unique. And hence, it is our responsibility to contribute to the fight against #covid19. Our intent is to do this on a systems-level globally while being locally relevant everywhere.

We have today launched the Funzi Future Pack. You can find it at funzi.mobi/go/futurepack It consists of four high-quality free mobile courses that equip the users with the skills needed during the crisis and for building a better future thereafter.

Get that future (created in collaboration with UNESCO): creating an understanding of the importance of our active role in building our futures.

Sustainable world (created in collaboration with UNDP & UNA Finland): increasing awareness of the challenges we are facing and how to make more sustainable choices after the crisis that will have a lasting impact.

Founder 101: inspiring entrepreneurial mindset and initiatives to lead the change for a brighter future.

Get that Job: enhancing livelihoods through job-seeking skills that enable users to discover their career path and become better versions of themselves at work.

We hope that the Funzi Future Pack can help bring solace during this difficult time. We hope that it will help you feel a little more connected to yourself and to the world around you. We hope that it will shed a glimmer of light so that you will meet tomorrow more hopeful about the possibilities.

Funzi is built for those who want to create a better future, to acquire the skills they need to build their dreams. And serving them is our purpose. Always.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay curious.

Your team at Funzi

Funzi Future Pack

Minustako yrittäjä? – TEKin koulutustilaisuus Urban Millissä 10.3.2020

Mitä liiketoimintasuunnitelmassa pitää olla ja miksi se on hyvä tehdä? Mikä olisi sopivin yhtiömuoto? Miten järjestyy yrittäjän sosiaaliturva? Muun muassa näihin kysymyksiin saat vastauksen tässä TEKin tilaisuudessa.

Aika: 10.03.2020 klo 16:30 – 19:00
Paikka: Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3E, 02150 Espoo

Harkitsetko yrittäjyyttä etkä ihan tarkasti tiedä, mitä kaikkea aloittamiseen liittyy. Tässä TEKin jäsenille suunnatussa koulutuksessa käydään läpi aloittamiseen liittyvät keskeiset asiat, kuten

  • Oman liikeidean hiominen/ liiketoimintasuunnitelma
  • Yrityksen perustaminen, miten se tehdään, paljonko maksaa ja mitä kaikkea pitää ottaa huomioon
  • Yhtiömuodot ja niiden erot
  • Starttirahan hakeminen
  • Työttömyysturva
  • YEL

Kouluttajana on NewCo Helsingin yritysneuvoja. NewCo Helsinki (Helsingin Uusyrityskeskus) on osa valtakunnallista uusyrityskeskusten verkostoa, joka tarjoaa maksutonta sparrausta ja neuvontaa yrittäjyyteen, kevytyrittäjyyteen tai yritysidean kehittämiseen.

Ilmoittaudu viimeistään 9.3. -> Ilmoittautuminen

Jos et pääse paikalle, voit seurata tilaisuutta striimin välityksellä -> Ilmoittaudu striimiin

Lisätietoa tilaisuudesta TEKin verkkosivustolla
Tietoa Yrittäjyysakatemiasta TEK Verkkolehden artikkelissa 5.2.2020
Tietoa TEKin palveluista yrittäjäjäsenille ja yrittäjyyttä harkitseville tästä linkistä

Kuva: Tekniikan akateemiset TEK

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
Omar Velazquez omar.velazquezmartinez@aalto.fi

Aalto University, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering”