This is a collection of best practices and case examples concerning sustainability in Nordic higher education institutions: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and their autonomous areas (the Åland Islands, Faroe Islands and Greenland). The collection contains both pdf-presentations from Nordic universities, as well as blogposts published in NSCN Blog.
NSCN welcomes all members to contribute to this collection! So, if you wish to share practices or cases from your university, please contact NSCN coordinator Meeri Karvinen ((at) aalto.fi)!
- Fairtrade University: University of Tampere UTA, Finland
- Student trainees and a Climate fund: University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- The Environmental and climate change strategy UiOs estate operations: University of Oslo, Norway
These contributions, with many different aspects of sustainability in higher education, have all been published in our News-page after 2013. The posts are classified according to what we found essential in Nordic universities during the Rio+20 Project: 1) Awareness-raising, communication and behavior change; 2) Students; 3) Sustainability education; and 4) Greening the campus: from strategy to actions; and 5) Joint efforts for sustainability: collaboration. (for more information, please familiarize yourself with the comprehensive survey report on sustainability in the Nordic universities.)
However, we start with a collection of Nordic-level best practices and views:
- Nordic universities’ sustainability efforts awarded internationally (2013)
- Why do we need a Nordic network like the NSCN? (2013)
- Nordic Case Competition gathered 25 Nordic students around sustainable urban development (2015)
- The Nordic City Challenge continued the successful urban planning-collaboration of Nordic students (2016)
Best practices and cases from all the Nordic universities:
1. Awareness-raising, communication and behavior change!
- Stuffed toy penguins helped to save energy in University of Copenhagen (2013)
- Photo competition to promote sustainability at The University of Iceland (2013)
- Green cups raise awareness and save natural resources in KTH (2015)
- Students organized a sustainability day in the University of Gothenburg (2013)
- Many ways to engage students in campus greening in Lappeenranta Technical University LUT (2014)
- Student excursion to Bangladesh, the University of Gothenburg (2016)
- Experiences from the excursion to Bangadesh – students’ perspective (2017)
3. Sustainability education: integration, events, research!
- KTH has a sustainability education day (2014)
- Sustainable development study module in the University of Tampere (2014)
- Climate seminar and a student initiative for a fossil-free university, University of Gothenburg (2014)
- UN SDGs as a frame for the Global Health Studies at the University of Tampere (2015)
- A new report on the status of Sustainability and Responsibility Study programs and modules in Finnish and European universities (2016)
- Sustainability event in the University of the Faroe Islands (2017)
4. Greening the campus: from strategy to action!
- Greening the campus real estate at the University of Oslo (2014)
- Lappeenranta University of Technology establishes an environmental management system (2014)
- Towards a green campus in NTNU, Norway (2015)
- Improving the recycling system at the University of Iceland (2015)
- Minimising laboratory energy use and environmental impact in practice in the University of Copenhagen (2016)
- Green efforts save DKK 35 million a year at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2016)
- University of Iceland takes Green Steps to enhance campus sustainability (2017)
- University of Oslo takes a green leap with an action-oriented Environmetal and Climate Strategy (2017)
5. Joint efforts for sustainability: collaboration!