Sustainable development networks
LUT is part of some international campus networks for sustainable development. The networks promote research and teaching related to sustainable development as well as the implementation of sustainable campuses and also act as a channel for collaboration and the dissemination of information. They reinforce the universities' work in sustainable development by sharing best practice for common needs.
The Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (NSCN) commits its partner universities, their managers and the universities' stakeholder groups to support sustainable development in Nordic universities and also to improve the visibility of Nordic countries in worldwide networks such as ISCN (International Sustainable Campus Network).
Above all, Green Campus provides the network with technical skills and new applications of green technology which many members are not yet using. A practical example is the installation of solar panels on campus; they provide us with information and experience as to what technologies work in Nordic countries.
The ISCN operating model has been developed to support universities in setting development objectives for sustainable campuses and reporting as well as capacity building. The model is based on learning on campus and the continuous improvement of innovation.
The network acts as a global forum which promotes the exchange of ideas, dissemination of information and the sharing of best practices in the different areas of sustainable development between leading institutions of higher education, universities and companies. The members of the network represent top level higher education institutions and universities from 14 different countries about the world: America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
The ISCN network has its own strategy which is recorded in the member organisations' Sustainability Campus Charter. The charter divides the member organisations' activities according to three main principles which require commitment from the organisation's top management as well as annual reporting on the progress of the sustainable development objectives, initiatives and capacity building.
Signing the ISCN charter commits LUT to developing its operations at all three levels of the main principles; buildings, integration of the whole campus site as well as sustainable development into research, teaching, operations and interaction with society.
ISCN recommends GRI and STARS measurements to be used as monitoring tools for the sustainable development of the campus. The environmental measures have been taken into consideration in LUT's environmental management system, and measures of other dimensions of sustainable development (financial and social) will be adopted gradually.
ISCN works in cooperation with The Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). GULF is an international coalition maintained by the World Economic Forum, and it is made up of experts from the world's leading universities and representatives from various organisations and research institutes.
Operations of the ISCN network are managed by the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Federation's Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich).
LUT has also joined the United Nations' (UN) Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. The network includes over 500 business schools and management-related academic institutions from over 80 countries across the world. The network members are committed to promote responsible and sustainable business management education.
As a member of the network, LUT is committed to principles relating to the purpose, values, methods, research, partnership and dialogue.
The initiative launched in 2007 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is part of the UN Global Compact initiative the aim of which is to win over the companies and businesses to be the spokespersons for sustainability.
Other Finnish universities in the network are Turku School of Economics, Hanken School of Economics, Aalto University School of Business, Haaga-Helia University of applied sciences, School of business of JAMK university of applied sciences.