Project organization in the project ‘Rio+20 implementation in the Nordic HEIs’ aims at ensuring effective implementation of the project and that the results are relevant for the future work of Higher Education Institutions on sustainability issues.


Project Partners and two steering committee members (Iceland and Gothenburg) in the front of University of Iceland’s main building. The picture was taken in the launching seminar of the project in Feb 2014. From up left: Ólafur Páll Jónsson, Maryam Faghihimani (substituing Torbjørn Bjønness), Teresia Sandberg, Meeri Karvinen, Sigurlaug I. Lövdahl, Tomas R. Poulsen, Meri Löyttyniemi, Ullika Lundgren, Marko Kasurinen and Eddi Omrcen.

Steering committee

The steering committee’s main purpose is to advise and comment the proceedings, documents and planned activities of the project. The steering committee may also enhance the impressiveness of the project by sharing information in their organizations and professional networks, and by helping in finding suitable actors the project may collaborate with. Steering committee members:

  • Chair: Mr. Sauli Rouhinen, Senior environmental adviser, Secretary general of Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development, Finnish ministry of the environment
  • Ms. Riina Vuorento, Senior adviser, Finnish ministry for education and culture
  • Mr. Göran Finnveden, Vice president for sust. development, professor of environmental strategies analysis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Mr. Eddi Omrcen, Environmental manager,  University of Gothenburg,  Sweden
  • Mr. Ólafur Páll Jónsson, associate professor, chairman of Sustainability and Environmental Committee,  University of Iceland
  • Mr. Bo Fritzbøger, lecturer, PhD, member of the steering group of Sustainability Science Center (SSC) at UCPH, University of Copenhagen , Denmark
  • Mr. Jorulf B. Silde, Project Director of Green UiO – Sustainability in Research, Education and Operation, University of Oslo, Norway

Project Partners

Project partners are the key actors in implementing the seminars and workshops of the project:

  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Mr. Tomas R. Poulsen, Team leader, Green Campus,
  • University of Iceland: Ms. Sigurlaug I. Lövdahl, Office Manager, the Division of Operations and Resources,
  • KTH, Sweden: Ms. Teresia Sandberg, Project coordinator, Department for Buildings and Environment,
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden: Ms. Ullika Lundgren, Environmental coordinator, Environmental Unit,
  • University of Oslo, Norway: Mr. Torbjørn Bjønness, Environmental advisor,
  • Lappeenranta Techn. University, Finland: Ms. Essi Römpötti, Environmental manager, Green Campus,


Project coordinator and leader are responsible for the finances, communications and implementation of the project:

  • Project Manager: Ms. Meeri Karvinen, Aalto University, PB 17800, 00076 AALTO, Finland, tel. +358 50 407 1884,
  • Project Leader: Ms. Meri Löyttyniemi, Aalto University, PB 17800, 00076 AALTO, Finland, tel. +358 50 313 7549,


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