Introduction

The University of Helsinki is committed in promoting sustainable development. According to the University Strategy of 2013-2016 the university advocates sustainable development in its research and other activities both in Finland and across the world. Our goal is for the university to be known for utilising its research results and learning environment as is recognises and fulfils its role in promoting wellbeing and justice.

The University of Helsinki is also committed to reduce its own environment load. The UH Center for Properties and Facilities coordinates and is responsible for the environmental actions of the university. The WWF Green Office environmental management system is in use at the Viikki campus.

Helsinki University Centre for Environment, HENVI, carries out and coordinates environmental research and teaching. All faculties of the University of Helsinki are participating in the activities of HENVI. The aim of HENVI is to strengthen and enhance interdisciplinary research and teaching and to raise public awareness of important environmental issues.

Helsinki University Centre for Environment HENVI was founded in the spring 2008 when Helsinki University Environmental Research Centre HERC and the network of environmental studies merged. HENVI is an umbrella organisation within the university. It concentrates on environmental research and teaching. In addition HENVI organises seminars, science days and interactive events.

HENVIs goal is to be an active actor in a society. HENVI actively follows and promotes topical environmental research and raises important issues to public awareness. HENVI also develops new forms of fundraising. HENVI collaborates with environmental administration, research institutes and other interest groups both nationally and internationally.

HENVI employs a coordinator of environmental research and a university lecturer in environmental studies. HENVI is lead by a steering committee accompanied by the environmental scientific board. In addition HENVI has an advisory board representing interest groups and partners. Altogether 40 researchers and teachers take part in the functions of HENVI.