It has become more important for Arcada to think sustainably on a long term basis. As a part of our active work for sustainability we were granted the Green Office certification from WWF of Finland in 2011. Green Office is a concrete environment programme which aims to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and also to decrease companies' ecological footprint through ecological efficiency. Green Office also means that organisations with the GO-certification voluntarily are working to improve the environment by doing their best for decreasing their ecological footprint and thus working for sustainable development. We are audited every third year, next time is 2020.
Arcada's environment program
We are continuously striving to decrease our electricity-, heat- and paper consumption. We are also striving to remain on the current level of water consumption. In accordance to our approved certification we agreed to actively work on achieving specific goals regarding ecological effectivity with a yearly check-up.
Arcada participated in the Earth Hour event (28.3.2020), this year only via the social media. We wanted to encourage both students and staff to switch off lights during one hour as a part of the global movement and to take a concrete climate action and a part of our Green Office activity.
In March both staff and students answered WWF’s Green Office consumer habit questionnaire. This way we engaged our staff and students to think about decreasing our ecological footprint and promote a sustainable consumer behavior. The amount of answers was much bigger than last year 144 compared to 92!
The solar panels are in full use during the snow free period of the year. This way Arcada continues to produce climate friendly energy. At the Big square screen you are able to follow how much our solar panels on the roof produce.
Again this year and we are taking part in the KM competition https://www.kilometrikisa.fi/ 1.5-22.9.2020. Arcada has a team, for both students and staff, that compete.
During 2020 we will try to get new waste bins, to be able to sort plastic. We will also continue to promote different events and campaigns, for example, global sustainable goals, food waste, World Water Day, sustainable consumption and sorting waste.
Would you like to know more about Arcada's Green Office?
The Arcada Green Office team consists of Ceti Hasselman, chairman (Campus Host), Joriz Baluyot (Representative of Arcada Studerandekår - ASK), Jörgen Wiik (CEO of Arcada Nova), Yvonne Engblom (Study Coordinator), Birgitta Eriksson and Hanna Donner (Communications Manager). Please direct any questions to us.