University of Tampere promotes sustainable development

The University of Tampere is committed to the promotion of sustainable development and the wellbeing of Finnish and world citizens. The strategy of the University also states that it educates “visionaries who understand the world and change it”.  These may be high principles but they are backed up by concrete deeds. 

The University has a Sustainable Development Action Plan that sets the goals for promoting sustainable development in teaching, research and the everyday life on campus.

The University of Tampere uses hydroelectricity in its buildings and energy consumption is continuously monitored by the regular meetings of the University, the owners of the University’s facilities and the company in charge of the facilities maintenance. The University community is reminded twice a year about energy efficient practices. The University's central procurement guidelines emphasise the importance of ecological, social and economic perspectives. This is not always easy so the University also wants to increase awareness about the importance of ethical purchases.



The University of Tampere was the first in Finland to be awarded the status of a Fairtrade University. Taking into account social responsibility and ethical values and principles in the University’s procurement activities is also a part of the overall social commitment of higher education institutions. The status of a Fairtrade University means that the University is dedicated to the promotion of ethical trade and to making its purchases more ethical. Ethically produced products are available in all University cafeterias. The Schools of the University and some student associations are committed to the use of fair trade products in catering. The University of Tampere has a Fairtrade Steering Group whose goal is to spread awareness of fair trade at the University, organise events and cooperate with other Fair Trade partners in the Tampere region.

A study module on sustainable development will start at the beginning of 2013 which includes course units from the different Schools at the University. Apart from the multidisciplinary approach, for example teaching methods that emphasise cooperation, interaction and problem-solving are important in these studies. Changing the world requires not only know-how but also skills and will.

saanaraatikainenblogiSaana Raatikainen 
Environmental coordinator
You can have a look at the Action Plan here





Wagtail – migratory bird

The wagtail is the provincial bird of the Tampere Region

Wagtails are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name.

(source: Wikipedia)