OG title: Sustainable and responsible campus life
OG description: We as higher education institutions have drawn up a joint action plan regarding sustainable and responsible campus life.
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Sustainable and responsible campus life 2025

We as higher education institutions have drawn up a joint action plan regarding sustainable and responsible campus life. Our action plan focuses on measures aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. We have identified key areas for doing so: properties, travel, procurement and restaurant services.

Sustainable development and responsibility are included in the strategy of Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk). Sustainable development refers to ecologically, socially, culturally and economically sustainable development. Acting responsibly and taking responsibility are part of our values. We see responsibility as a comprehensive concept that involves observing the wide-ranging impact of higher education institutions in society. We produce expertise openly and extensively, and by doing so we strengthen our handprint in the development of society.

Our sustainability and responsibility work is guided by the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 and the Ministry of Education and Culture's Sustainable Development Guidelines. Oamk is is committed to the guidelines of the Sustainable, Responsible and Carbon-Neutral Universities of Applied Sciences by the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene).

In our Action Plan, we are particularly committed to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

ENSURE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, SUSTAINABLE AND MODERN ENERGY FOR ALL.
BUILD RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, PROMOTE INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIALIZATION AND FOSTER INNOVATION.
MAKE CITIES AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS INCLUSIVE, SAFE, RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE.
ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS.
TAKE URGENT ACTION TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACTS.
STRENGTHEN THE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION AND REVITALIZE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

Objectives of sustainable campus life

”Our campuses offer a sustainable and inspiring environment for working and studying.”

Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2025, compared to 2021. We commit to implementing various emission reduction measures, and we will monitor the development of our carbon footprint annually. Oamk follows the Arene carbon footprint calculation model.

The most important aspects of reducing our carbon footprint have been identified as properties, travel, procurement and restaurant services.  In this action plan, we highlight the objectives and key measures for both Oamk and the University of Oulu.

Sustainable, healthy and safe facilities

Our facilities must be suitable for studying and working in a healthy and safe manner. In the premises of Oamk and the University of Oulu, we will hold equality as an aspect of sustainable development. We will increase cooperation with property owners in matters related to the sustainability and responsibility of properties, and we will strive to have an influence on these aspects.

Our campuses will be renovated in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The renovation process will involve sustainable solutions and equality. The renovated facilities in Linnanmaa are now particularly accessible, which is a factor that will be relevant in other spaces under renovation as well. For people commuting by bike, the renovated facilities also now include changing rooms and showers.

Using space more effectively

We can reduce our environmental load by using space more efficiently. In the future, we will explore our possibilities to make our operations more compact on all campuses and utilise the opportunities created by remote work.

Measures

  • We will explore the possibility of using the spaces on our campuses more efficiently.
  • We will make it possible to work remotely when tasks are not tied to a specific location.

Monitoring

  • We will monitor facility utilisation rates with various systems and measurements.
  • We will monitor the amount of remote work.

Increasing energy efficiency

Promoting energy efficiency is part of energy and climate policies aimed at reducing the amount of consumed energy in Finland and the EU. Improved energy efficiency reduces CO2 emissions, lowers energy consumption and produces cost savings. (Energy Authority)

The primary owner of the properties is the University Properties of Finland Ltd (SYK), which is part of the Energy Efficiency Agreement for Property Sector. SYK’s energy management service will provide us with reports on the consumption of electricity, heat and water. Oamk and the University of Oulu will buy 100% green electricity and use district heating.

The roof of the Linnanmaa campus has a solar power system. Some of the solar panels are used for research as well as electricity production. The production of solar power was started in autumn 2020.

Measures

  • We will reduce energy consumption and produce energy.
    • We will participate in the development of property-specific energy production solutions and increase investments in renewable energy, such as solar power.
  • We will increase energy efficiency, for example in lighting and ventilation.
  • We will promote the introduction of water-saving solutions in connection with renovations.

Monitoring

  • We will monitor properties’ consumption readings and make the monitoring data available for everyone.
  • We will monitor the production readings of solar panels in real time. We will make the monitoring data available for everyone.

Sorting and recycling

We will make the sorting and recycling of waste on campuses more effective. The biowaste produced on campuses will be used to produce biogas. Packaging waste (plastic, glass and metal packaging) sorted in coffee rooms will be recycled as material, likewise cardboard. Burnable waste (mixed waste) and energy waste will be transported to waste incineration plants and turned into energy.

Oamk and the University of Oulu will use local service providers to organise the recycling or treatment of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), old furniture and equipment, confidential paper materials, metal scrap and hazardous waste.

Our goal for 2025 is to increase the degree of material recovery of waste generated on campuses by 50% and to reduce the amount of burnable waste generated on campuses by 50%.

Measures

  • We will continue to upgrade the waste sorting options in break rooms. Each break room will have a separate waste container for the following types of waste: biowaste, plastic packaging, glass and metal packaging and burnable waste (mixed waste). The waste containers will be clearly marked.
  • We will place written waste sorting instructions in the break rooms for everyone to see.
  • We will prepare a waste management plan for the campuses, with instructions and the locations of waste bins in outdoor and indoor areas clearly marked on a map.
  • We will promote the reuse and recycling of goods.
  • We will phase out individual waste bins at each workstation and switch to space-specific, centralised solutions.
  • We will compile a recycling information bank website from Oulu's recycling services.
  • We will look for waste management solutions aimed at material recovery for waste types that are still lacking ones.

Monitoring

  • We will monitor the carbon footprint and volume of waste by type.
  • We will monitor the degree of material recovery of the different types of waste.
  • We will monitor the consumption of office paper.

Reducing our carbon footprint caused by travel

Travel is a key component of our carbon footprint. By travel, we mean trips taken for work purposes. We will reduce the carbon footprint of travelling in a controlled way and support the possibilities of using remote connections.

By commuting, we mean students and personnel commuting to campuses. We encourage personnel and students to commute to campuses by means of public transport, and we will create more opportunities to commute by bicycle or on foot.

We support sustainable travel and movement

Measures

  • We will reduce travelling, especially by plane. We will favour means of travel that support sustainable development.
    • We will introduce the Ekstra Class as a standard for travelling by train.
    • We will start using a variety of remote connections in a more versatile manner.
      • We will use remote connections and participate in events virtually instead of travelling to them.
      • In the future, we will organise our events so that others can participate remotely.
  • We will make it easier to commute to campuses by using public transport or by cycling or walking.
    • We will offer commuting benefits to people who use public transport.
    • We will make it easier to commute by bike by providing bike parking, e-bike charging and bike maintenance facilities.
    • We will explore opportunities for introducing company-owned bikes.
    • We will contribute to improving public transport and monitoring current improvements.
  • We will promote sustainable development in cars used by Oamk and the University of Oulu.
    • We will reduce the number of cars we own and prioritise renting over owning.
    • In new acquisitions, we will favour buying low-emission cars.
    • We will investigate the possibility of introducing a shared car service.
  • We will add charging stations for electric and hybrid cars on campuses.

Monitoring

  • We will monitor the carbon footprint of travelling for work.
  • We will monitor the number and ratio of different forms of transportation.
  • We will calculate the carbon footprint of the cars used by Oamk and the University of Oulu and look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • We will monitor the utilisation rates of bike parking (utilisation rate measurements: pilots and demos).

Environmentally aware and responsible procurement

The aim of regulating procurement is to use our resources effectively, benefit from competition on the market, have equal and non-discriminatory treatment of candidates and tenderers, pursue publicity and transparency, and promote the functioning of the market.

We will take the environmental perspective into account in procurement and service tendering by requesting certificates from service or product providers on their environmental systems or similar efforts. We will assess the environmental stress of products, avoid unnecessary procurement and recycle furniture and equipment. We are involved in the Hansel Framework Agreement where sustainable development is an important criterion for procurement.

We make sustainable procurements and extend the lifecycle

Measures

  • We will emphasise responsibility and sustainable development in procurement and give the issue visibility.
  • We will buy furniture and office supplies from operators who use circular economy.
  • We will recycle furniture on campuses.
  • We will extend the lifecycle of the computers we are using.

Monitoring

  • We will report the annual percentage of our procurement that are classified as environmentally friendly.
  • We will calculate the carbon footprint of our procurement.
  • We will monitor the lifecycle of our computers.
  • We will monitor the recycling rate of our furniture.

Supporting environmentally friendly choices in campus restaurants

Our aim is to support healthy and environmentally friendly choices in campus restaurants and to reduce food waste. The climate and emission impacts caused by lunch meals are part of the carbon footprint of each individual, not the organisation. But we can still influence individual choices and carbon footprint on an institutional level by increasing messaging about sustainable lunch choices and by actively cooperating with restaurant service providers.

The service providers have been selected through competitive tendering. The companies providing restaurant services have their own environmental and quality programmes.

We cooperate closely with restaurant service providers

Measures

  • We will cooperate more closely with restaurant service providers operating on campuses. We will organise regular cooperation meetings around the theme of sustainability and responsibility.
  • We will work to bring visibility on the issue of food waste in restaurant services with the aim of reducing waste.
  • We will work to have information in lunch lists on the origin of ingredients, including whether they have been produced in Finland.
  • We will use ceramic mugs, cups and plates in events organised by Oamk and the University of Oulu. We will work to make it possible to use one's own mug to buy take-out coffee and tea in restaurants.
  • We will strive to influence the carbon footprint caused by restaurant services.

Monitoring

  • We will include weekly statistics of food waste on restaurant display screens.
  • We will calculate the annual carbon footprint of food waste.
  • We will monitor the monthly rate of food served that is produced in Finland.

Extensive communications and reporting

Sustainable development is important for the future of our planet. Higher education institutions must take action and lead the way. Our goal is to be seen as an institution that supports sustainable development also on campus.

We are committed to various emission reduction measures aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. We will calculate the carbon footprint annually in both Oamk and the University of Oulu. Our starting level is 2021 for developing a shared calculation model at the UAS level and at the University of Oulu.

We will monitor the progress of the measures on an annual basis and, if necessary, we will specify our objectives and measures. We will look for new openings to achieve our goals during the action plan period. Going forward, the Sustainable Campus Life survey will serve as a tool for engagement and influence and as a part of monitoring.

To give visibility to the implementation and monitoring of the action plan, we will define the communication channels that we will be using. Our goal is to communicate through multiple channels so that our measures can gain visibility among staff and students. In our social responsibility report, we will highlight the responsibility of higher education institutions as a whole in addition to sustainable life on campus.

 

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Campus services

A variety of services accompany studying and working on campus.

Restaurant and café services

There are several lunch restaurants on campus. Contact details and opening hours for the restaurants are available on the restaurants’ websites.

Café Messi is located on the second floor of the 7A wing. Oamk’s hoodies can be purchased from the Sluuppi store, located on the second floor of the 5D wing. 

Library services

Science library Pegasus offers library services for the needs of research, teaching and studying at Oulu University of Applied Sciences and the University of Oulu.

Training services

Students’ training services are located on the first floor of the 7C wing. Training services are responsible for services for education and students at Oulu University of Applied Sciences and the University of Oulu. Training services support education programmes in student selections, study right matters and planning and implementing trainings.

ICT services

ICT services shared by Oamk and the University of Oulu are responsible for IT services. In-person support for students and personnel is located on the first floor of the 7D wing.

Office attendant services

Office attendant services are available in the campus area’s atrium. The nearest office attendant service point is in the lobby at Pegasus, phone 050 472 8285. The opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 15.45 p.m. Office attendants are responsible for administering keys, IDs and access rights.

Security services

The campus and its surroundings are under the surveillance of the University of Oulu’s security services 24/7.

Cleaning and facility services

ISS Palvelut Oy is responsible for cleaning, property maintenance and maintenance of outdoor areas at Linnanmaa campus.

Emergency situations and rescue plan

Security checks, exit drills and sheltering in-place drills are organised regularly on campus. The Secapp system is used in emergencies. In a crisis situation, always call the emergency number 112 first and act according to the provided instructions. In an emergency, the place of assembly is the car park on Biologintie.

Oamk’s facilities in Linnanmaa have their own rescue plan. A regular user of the facilities should know the contents of the rescue plan so that, in an emergency, they can also instruct visitors.

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Sustainable campus

Sustainable development is visible in everything we do. We are committed to responsible operations – as individuals and as a university community. We pay attention to financial, social, cultural and ecological sustainability in everything we do. We evaluate the environmental load of our operations and how we can impact the sustainability of nature with our day-to-day decisions.

Sustainable life on campus

The main message of Oamk’s sustainable development action plan (2018–2020) is You can make an impact. The plan has been drafted in collaboration with the personnel and student association OSAKO. The objective is that every person at Oamk must be aware of their responsibilities and can assess their actions from the perspective of sustainability. 

The perspectives are:

  • cooperation with other universities — social responsibility
  • sustainable development in the daily life of the campus — sustainability operations
  • internal and external communications — awareness of sustainability.

 Our objectives in the action plan are:

  • to develop a Sustainable Campus Life operational model for Oamk’s campuses
  • strengthen good sustainable development practices
  • promote the responsibility of Oamk’s sustainable development operations — ecological, financial and sociocultural contents — at different events and during theme weeks.

The Sustainable Campus Life operating model ensures the continuation of Oamk’s concrete environmental responsibility and sustainable development work in the Linnanmaa premises.

Sustainably renovated

Oamk has applied for a certification from the international BREEAM sustainability assessment method for the renovation of Oamk’s Linnanmaa campus. BREEAM assesses the eco-friendliness of construction and complete buildings according to nine categories. These include materials, well-being, energy, project management, mobility, emissions, water, waste and land use.

Social responsibility report

Oamk published its first social responsibility report in 2019 (only in Finnish). The report discusses Oamk’s social activities and impact. The key themes are social and financial responsibility and environmental responsibility. The contents of the report follow the GRI corporate sustainability reporting standard (Global Reporting Initiative). The social responsibility report will be published annually.

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Visitors

Main entrance C of our Linnanmaa campus is at Yliopistokatu 9. A good landmark is the round granite ball in front of the Pegasus library. Our campus is open from Monday to Friday from 7.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Oamk’s Linnanmaa campus is modern and operational, and it has multi-use spaces. Teknologiakylä is located near the institutes of higher education.

Check the general layout to see where Oamk’s units and functions are on campus. 

Getting to the campus

You can access Linnanmaa conveniently by bus or bike. Buses 1, 2, 3, 8, 22, 23, 23B, 23K and 48 all go to Linnanmaa. More information about bus schedules and biking paths:

The Oulu Campus Navigator is a mobile app meant for indoor navigation which can be downloaded from Google Play and App Store. The app makes it possible to find your location on a map and to search for facilities and the correct route to get there.

You do not need to sign in to Oulu Campus Navigator, and it does not track the location of individual users inside the campus. Its operations are based on Bluetooth transmitters installed in the campus hallways which the mobile device uses to locate itself.

Parking

There is a limited amount of parking available on the Linnanmaa campus. If you arrive by car, please park only in the designated parking spaces. The area has some parking spaces that can be used for 2 or 4 hours with a parking disc, but most guest parking is subject to a fee. Customer parking spaces are marked with specific signs, and payment is done via eParking, Parkman or EasyPark. Short-term parking is subject to a fee during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is approximately €1/hour + operator fee, however; no more than €5/day + operator fee.

Map: Visitor parking at Linnanmaa campus (pdf)

Oamk’s administration

The administration is located on the third floor of the 7F wing. Guidance to administration is available from the Oamk main door and the C5 door.

Meeting rooms

Meeting room Maininki is located on the third floor of the 7B wing. Other meeting rooms are mainly on the second and third floors. There is guidance to the meeting rooms, but they are also easy to find by using the Oulu Campus Navigator.

Poiju and Jolla

Poiju and Jolla are performance spaces for music and dance. They are located on the first floor of the 7A and 7B wings. Poiju is a group instruction room for acoustic music, which is used for, among other things, to teach chamber music, other group instruction of music and small-scale concerts. Jolla is a group instruction room for amplified music. It is primarily used for band teaching, music technology teaching, making recordings and small-scale concerts. We welcome you to check out our concerts and dance shows!

Tellus, Oamk

Oamk’s Tellus is on the first floor of the 7A wing. The purpose of Tellus is to increase collaboration in a variety of ways in an inspiring environment. Tellus has space for studying and working, whether you are alone or in a group.University Innovation Centre

The University Innovation Centre is a service complex shared by Oulu University of Applied Sciences and the University of Oulu, which helps the trade and industry utilise research in the development of innovations and products.  We offer many kinds of assistance to support scalable business operations. You can find us next to the University of Oulu’s Tellus.