Take part in the promotion of sustainability
The University of Helsinki invites members of the University community and its stakeholders to contribute to developing an increasingly sustainable and responsible University. Join us on a journey to make the University of Helsinki a leader in sustainability and responsibility.
Sustainability and responsibility network of the University of Helsinki

The sustainability and responsibility network of the University of Helsinki promotes the transition towards an increasingly sustainable University and society. The network provides a place for learning, networking and influencing related to sustainability and responsibility. 

Join the network!

We invite students, employees and alumni of the University of Helsinki to join sustainability-themed events and be part of a dynamic community. No advance knowledge of sustainability and responsibility is required. Instead, an inquisitive mindset and interest in building an increasingly sustainable world are enough. The network’s operations stem from its participants, reflecting their attitudes and goals. 

We organise thematic events throughout the academic year, including panel discussions, workshops, excursions and information on the University’s sustainability and responsibility efforts. 

Launch of the sustainability and responsibility network on 15 December

Please join us in the inaugural meeting of the the sustainability and responsibility network of the University of Helsinki. Come and learn, discuss and enjoy glögi on site, or attend the event over a remote connection. 


15.45–16.00 Glögi and time to socialise 

16.00–17.15 Presentations and a panel discussion 

Aku Houttu, Board member of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki.
The significance of collaboration and the role of students in promoting the University’s sustainability and responsibility efforts 

Mari Pantsar, Director of Sustainability Solutions at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, member of the Board of the University of Helsinki.
Universities as drivers of the sustainability transition 

Riina Koivuranta, Senior Specialist in Sustainable Development and Responsibility, University of Helsinki.
Sustainability and responsibility efforts at the University of Helsinki 

17.15–18.00 Joint discussion and exchange of ideas in small groups, with the promotion of sustainability and responsibility at the University as the theme 

Target group: Staff, students and alums of the University of Helsinki 

Time: Thursday, 15 December from 16.00 to 18.00  

Place: Think Corner, Think Lounge. The event will be streamed live. 

Language: The language of the event is Finnish. Interpretation in English is available. 


On-campus gardening on all campuses

On-campus gardening is possible on all University of Helsinki campuses. Gardening opportunities are available to the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as staff. The inspiration for gardening originates in students, and the first grow bags were placed in the courtyards of the Snellmania and Topelia buildings at the City Centre Campus in 2013. 

Fairtrade University

As a Fairtrade university, we are committed to promoting the use and availability of Fairtrade-certified products in our procurement, as well as increasing the University community’s awareness of Fairtrade and its significance to global production and consumption networks. The University’s Fairtrade team, composed of students and staff, plans and implements the University of Helsinki’s Fairtrade activities, including communications, campaign weeks and thematic days. 

Interested? Please reach out to Elina Tanninen