Otaranta. Photo: Anni Hanén

Environmental programme

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture has its own environmental programme. The environmental programme emphasises the principles of sustainable development and the application of product lifecycle philosophy in its teaching. Topics related to sustainable development are also part of the induction programme for new students.

The School has had its own environmental guide since the autumn of 2008 and you can address enquiries about it to the studio supervisor for your department.

Environmental development work in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

The goal of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture’s environmental development work is to integrate environmental issues into all of the School’s operations; its administration, day to day operations and teaching. The role of the administration is to enable the development of environmental issues, and day to day operations aim to be organised so that they place as little burden as possible on the natural world. In the development of teaching, we try to pay more and more attention to the principles of sustainable development.

The implementation of the environmental programme in day to day operations is coordinated by the Infrastructure Services unit and people appointed in the departments and for specific degree programmes. Teaching development is coordinated by the Student Services. Departmental training managers also help students to find information about environmental issues and sustainable development.

Environmental development work in the former School of Art and Design was started in 1997 by mapping the School’s environmental aspects and drawing up an initial environmental programme. Since 1999, environmental development work as been done by adapting the ISO 14000 standard.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture's environmental aspects

To implement the environmental programme, the organisation has to select what are the most important environmental aspects that it can monitor and which it can be expected to be able to influence. The identification of environmental aspects is a continuous process which defines the opportunities, both positive and negative, for the organisation to have an impact on the environment.

In 1999, the former School of Art and Design selected what it saw as the most significant environmental aspects. In order of priority they are

1. environmental awareness
2. chemicals
3. fire safety
4. waste
5. use of natural resources (energy and water).

Improvements have been made in many of these aspects.

With the creation of Aalto University, the focus has been expanded to the university level. At the School level, the concentration has been particularly on the development of environmental awareness and improving the sorting of waste

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