Sustainable campuses

The University of Oulu aims to implement its activities efficiently and environmentally friendly in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. Campus development and everyday activities take into account energy efficiency, encouragement of environmentally friendly commuting, and sorting and recycling.

Sustainable and responsible campus life

University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences have drawn up a joint action plan regarding sustainable and responsible campus life. Our action plan focuses on measures aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. We have identified key areas for doing so: properties, travel, procurement and restaurant services.

Sustainable development is a goal in all operations of the University of Oulu. Sustainable development refers to ecologically, socially, culturally and economically sustainable development. Acting responsibly and taking responsibility are part of our values. We see responsibility as a comprehensive concept that involves observing the wide-ranging impact of higher education institutions in society. We produce expertise openly and extensively, and by doing so we strengthen our handprint in the development of society.

Our sustainability and responsibility work is guided by the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 and the Ministry of Education and Culture's Sustainable Development Guidelines. The University of Oulu is committed to the theses of Sustainable Development and Responsibility by the Universities Finland (UNIFI).

In our Action Plan, we are particularly committed to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

7 Affordable and Clean Energy
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
13 Climate Action
17 Partnerships for the Goals

Objectives of sustainable campus life

Our campuses offer a sustainable and inspiring environment for working and studying.

Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2025, compared to 2019. We commit to implementing various emission reduction measures, and we will monitor the development of our carbon footprint annually. The University of Oulu will create policies on calculating the university’s carbon footprint in 2021. Check out the Carbon Footprint Calculation Project at the University of Oulu and its results.

The most important aspects of reducing our carbon footprint have been identified as properties, travel, procurement and restaurant services.  In this action plan, we highlight the objectives and key measures for both University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

Monitoring and reporting

Sustainable development is important for the future of our planet. Higher education institutions must take action and lead the way. Our goal is to be seen as an institution that supports sustainable development also on campus.

We are committed to various emission reduction measures aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. We will calculate the carbon footprint of the University of Oulu annually. Our starting level is 2019.

We will monitor the progress of the measures on an annual basis and, if necessary, we will specify our objectives and measures. We will look for new openings to achieve our goals during the action plan period. Going forward, the Sustainable Campus Life survey will serve as a tool for engagement and influence and as a part of monitoring.

Sustainable and responsible campus life action plan at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences website


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