We are winners - LUT was number one in an international ISCN competition

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has won the Campus category in the global competition for Sustainable Campus Excellence Award. The competition was held in four different categories: Buildings, Campus, Integration and Student Leadership.

A total of 16 universities around the world participated in the finals covering all four categories. The competition organiser was the international ISCN-network (International Sustainable Campus Network), the members of which include, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, to name a few. Besides LUT, from Finland the network includes Aalto University.

Solid teamwork behind the win

The win is the first one for Green Campus in international competitions. LUT Rector Ilkka Pöyhönen sees the award both as a result of determined effort by the University, and as recognition of the cooperation among the University and in particular the city of Lappeenranta, as well as other major partners.

"With determination, together with the City and other partners, we have been building internationally acclaimed quality green campus area for LUT, as well as the greenest region of Finland. LUT's green initiative is seen not only in green actions and environmentally friendly applications, but also in the surroundings of the University and the City, "says Rector Pöyhönen.

For the city of Lappeenranta, partnership with LUT is a vital means of developing into a model city of renewable energy, such as solar power, and environmentally friendly business activity. According to Mayor Kimmo Jarva, reaching the goal will require strong concrete actions together.

"The city and LUT have, among other things, developed ways by which residents and local businesses will benefit from renewable energy. The largest solar power plant in Finland is being set up in the LUT campus, and private consumers are encouraged by Lappeenrannan Energia to get involved in micro category energy production, buying surplus electricity supplied to the power grid by a small-scale producer, and compensating for it in the electric bill. The city is also participating in the funding of the upcoming development of a hybrid bus for area mass transit to be built under the guidance of LUT", says Mayor Jarva, and continues:

"Close to the University, the valuable wetlands offering protection to Saimaa, as well as water cleanup of Pien-Saimaa are similarly being actively developed together with LUT. In this way we want to spread the good practises of Green Campus throughout Lappeenranta, and as part of a partnership effort to the world at large".

Winning in an international competition, as well as visibility in the ISCN network also bring indirect benefits to LUT and the area. The internationally award-winning green campus with its waterways, landscaping and parks enhances the attractiveness of LUT among university towns.

"We have shown that activities, attitudes, and the existing constructed base can be further developed greener rather quickly, if we only dare to be bold together. Through the ISCN-network, we can learn from each other and together build a sustainable world. The win inspires us to do even more, and points to the fact that we do the right things right", Pöyhönen says.

The awards in the category for Excellence in Campus were given based on actions and proofs that promote sustainable development and green technology in a concrete way. Among the competitors in the Campus Category, the Green Campus of LUT, in the award jury's view, combines the science, academic education and the social duties of the University in the most advanced way.

Further information:

Lappeenranta University of Technology
Rector Ilkka Pöyhönen, ilkka.poyhonen@lut.fi, tel. 040 571 8970
Project Manager Marko Kasurinen, marko.kasurinen@lut.fi, tel. 040 683 1488

City of Lappeenranta
Mayor Kimmo Jarva, kimmo.jarva@lappeenranta.fi