Carrying out our environmental responsibility
Our university is committed to taking our environmental responsibility into consideration in all our operations. We strive to promote ecologic sustainability and reduce our ecological footprint. To achieve this goal, we have joined the WWF Green Office network.
Together we can make a difference
Our university has approximately 4400 students, 4800 adult students and 600 employees. No matter what we do in the course of a day we impact the environment – without giving it half a thought. To minimise the effects we have on the environment, we all need to pay attention to
- energy and water consumption
- amount of waste produced and its correct sorting and recycling
- university procurements
- promotion of green modes of transportation
- individual consumer habits and daily routines
WWF Green Office
Developed by WWF Finland, Green Office is a practical environmental management system for offices.
Our goal is to reduce our ecological footprint one step at a time. We strive to cut our carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions and in this way fight the climate change and participate in the conservation of biodiversity. The Green Office programme provides a way to achieve many of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Along with the ecological aspects, the management system also takes the well-being of people and economic considerations into account.
At the moment, the Green Office Finland network has over 150 member organisations, including also other higher education institutions. Read more >
Green Office logo
On 30 March 2017, our main campus was granted the right to use the Green Office logo. The logo guarantees that our environmental management system meets the criteria of WWF.
We report our progress annually to WWF. The right to use the Green Office logo needs to be renewed every three years, as offices must strive for continuous improvement.
We plan to extend the environmental management system to cover our other facilities, as well.
To support the University of Lapland Green Office operations, we have drawn up an environmental programme for the years 2017–2020. The programme shall be updated every three years.
The environmental programme comprises our environmental policy and goals as well as the procedures employed to achieve them. Each member of our academic community can easily participate in at least some of these procedures with their daily decisions.
The procedures have been divided into nine categories, which are:
1) execution and coordination, 2) energy, 3) travelling and transportation, 4) procurement, 5) food, 6) waste and recycling, 7) water, 8) biodiversity, 9) people.
See our environmental programme >
We work at reducing our environmental impact based on these principles:
- We take environmental issues into account in all our activities.
- Our teaching and research will pay attention to the Arctic and northern operational environment. We strive to reach the desired outcomes in teaching and research with less material and energy.
- We recognise the environmental strain our operations create and work to reduce it without compromising good working and studying conditions.
- We will make the campus a more flexible and comfortable environment so that it is a pleasing and safe place to study, teach and do research.
- We inform our students and staff members of environmental issues and strive to increase their knowledge on the environment and motivation to make eco-friendly choices.
We will systematically monitor the implementation of the objectives set in our environmental programme. Our goal is to reduce our energy and water consumption and the amount of landfill waste by five percent from the level of 2016 by the end of 2019.
The adjacent graph displays our consumption readings in 2016, which will provide the baseline for future goals. This information helps us assess our progress in reducing our strain on the environment. We strive for continuous improvement without compromising good working and studying conditions.
See the procedures supporting our goals >
Mixed waste refers to combustible waste disposed in a landfill. It can be reduced by improving recycling and paying attention to the life cycles of our procurements.
Waste management guide
Are you unsure how to recycle waste on campus? The waste management guide gives you information about recycling and waste management on the main campus.
Take a look at the guide >
Even small actions have environmental impact. Take a look at our Green Tips to get ideas for a more green lifestyle.
Get inspired by our Green Tips >
Timeline of environmental activity
The annual timeline of our environmental activity makes it easy for you to participate in the Green Office work and take action to reduce our environmental footprint.
View the timeline >
At our university environmental issues are addressed in both science and art. Our research highlights the global themes of the environmental concern in the northern environment. The Arctic is particularly sensitive to the effects of global warming, for example.
The Arctic Centre conducts multidisciplinary research that focuses on the interaction between the environment and people living in the Arctic and north. The research draws on natural, social and legal sciences and addresses questions related to the climate change, sustainable development, responsible decision-making, environmental impact assessment and the impact of environmental change on human populations.
Our university also offers several subjects and modules that explore different environmental themes.
For the North – for the world
At the heart of our university's research profile lies Arctic and northern change, supported by our four strategic focuses. Learn about Strategy 2030 >
Do you have any questions about our university's environmental activity? What about suggestions for improvement? Or would you like to share your top green tips with our academic community?
Easy way to get in touch is to use the form below. If you want us to respond, please give us your contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Green Office contact person
Property and Procurement Services
+358 40 484 4070
Green Office team
The Green Office team is responsible for the development of environmental activity at our university. The team comprises staff members, students and stakeholder representatives, which allows different perspectives be taken into account in the development work. The team also includes a third party consultant.