Sustainability

Target audience

Staff members at Nordic universities who are interested in sustainability issues, education, and research. Sustainability/environmental directors, managers, and coordinators.

Focus areas

Research and education for sustainable development (ESD) and greening the campus. The group aims to enhance the integration of sustainability into Nordic higher education institutions and promote sustainable practices in all campus operations. The also seeks to achieve a wider societal impact and positive global visibility via outreach activities and active communications.

NSCN webpages: nordicsustainablecampusnetwork.wordpress.com

Activity goals for 2019‒2020

  • Attending NUAS events + chairs´ & executive board meetings

Projects

  • Exploring possibilities for continued external financing on Nordic, but also national, European or international level. Erasmus+ funding for Sustainability Literacy Test / Nordic City Challenge is open.
    Other project ideas:
  • contributing to NCM Agenda 2030 work
  • Continuing with Sustainable Development Goals / SDG Accord
  • Continuing with SuLiTest
  • Launching Nordic Green Gown Awards, www.greengownawards.org
  • Collaboration, even merging with SDSN-NE (?)

Events

  • NUAS Sustainability group seminar, held 30.1.-1.2.2019 at NTNU, Trondheim (Detailed
    minutes: nordicsustainablecampusnetwork.wordpress.com/events/core-group-meetings/)
  • NUAS Forum 2019 conference, 14-16 August 2019, Univ. i Tromsø (Contributing to the
    program + NUAS Sustainability responsible for 2 sessions: Reducing carbon emissions from flying – Challenges and possibilities)
  • Continuing the international and Nordic collaboration with relevant stakeholders, enhancing Nordic visibility
  • Attending ISCN conferences, June 2019 in Sau Paulo, June 2020 open

Communications

 

Events

  • Organizing the Nordic City Challenge in October-November 2017 and 2018
    • 29.10.-1.11.2017 in Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland
    • 2018 in Denmark
  • Continuing the international collaboration by participating and presenting in relevant events
    • 26-28 June 2017 in UBC, Vancouver
    • June 2018 will be hosted by KTH in Stockholm; a NUAS sustainability member university
    • Unica Green Workshop in April 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia: presentation on our projects and activities
    • ISCN conferences, Intl Sustainable Campus Network:
  • Developing the collaboration with other NUAS groups
    • providing sustainability contents to NUAS Communications conference in Bergen 18.-20.6.2017
    • attending NUAS chairs & executive board meetings
    • contributing to NUAS direktörmöte May 2018 and NUAS Congress in August 2019

Communications

  • Regular videoconferences every 1–3 months and face-to-face meeting once a year
  • Regular updates to the mailing list (nscn@list.aalto.fi, about 150 subscribers)
  • Regular blogposts to webpages with current news, best practices and interesting case examples from the Nordic universities
  • Contributing to Green Gown Awards competition by EAUC
  • Possibly launching NUAS Sustainability´s own FB and/or twitter pages