LUT University's sustainable campuses

Green Campus is the study and work environment where we utilise interdisciplinary research and teaching activities to reduce our own environmental load. Green Campus is also our way of thinking and operating, allowing us to achieve sustainable development and positive environmental impacts. 

In recognition of concrete actions to promote sustainable development and green technology, LUT won the Excellence in Campus category at the Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards in 2013.

LUT was the first university in Finland to have its environmental system certified according to the ISO 14001 standard. This took place in 2014-2016 and since then the system has been maintained in line with the certificate requirements. We have maintained the WWF's Green Office certificate since 2012.

LUT is part of international campus networks, PRME, ISCN ja NSCN, for sustainable development. The networks promote research and teaching related to sustainable development as well as the implementation of sustainable campuses. Read more about the networks.

We made an ambitious new international opening in November 2019 when our university committed to being carbon negative by 2024. According to our way of thinking, the primary goals are finding solutions and preventing climate change rather than emissions compensation or adapting to climate change. We intend to be carbon negative because we are continuously producing technological solutions.  

Our strong expertise in emission-free electricity production, our physical research environment and our way of operating are key enablers in terms of becoming carbon negative. We already produce 7% of our own energy at one of the LUT campuses, and all of the electricity we purchase is produced with renewable energy. Both our campuses are accessible using public transport.  

Minimising and sorting waste, responsible procurement and utilising excess food in cooperation with our campus restaurants are part of our sustainable campus culture in accordance with LUT's waste disposal instructions (pdf). We share our versatile teaching facilities and the J. Hyneman Centre prototype workshop with LAB University of Applied Sciences, which is part of the LUT Group.  

We strive to reduce our environmental load by also investing in opportunities for remote work and distance learning. The development of digitalisation in education is guided by LUT's digital strategy and the support that we give teachers to help them use digital tools for pedagogically sustainable teaching.   

Many LUT degree programmes and study modules can be completed in a virtual learning environment, and LUT Academic Library materials are widely available in digital format. Digital Exam system environments provide the opportunity to take examinations in several cities.  

Example of degree that can be completed as distance learning: Master's Programme in Water Technology

Contact info

Kati Koikkalainen
Sustainability Manager
+358 40 584 2793

Annikka Nurkka
Quality System Manager
+358 40 0555784

Tuomas Nevalainen
Facility Service Manager
+ 358 40 684 3959

Marko Kasurinen
Development Manager
+ 358 40 683 1488