UEF campuses are modern, energy-efficient and functional in terms of their use of space. The University of Eastern Finland is actively involved in the development of facilities together with University Properties of Finland Ltd (SYK).
SYK is the owner of the facilities and rents them to UEF. SYK is owned by Finnish Universities, including UEF, and the Finnish government. SYK has its own ambitious sustainability goals and UEF facility services work closely with SYK to fulfill them. Through SYK, UEF is also for example, part of Energy Efficiency Agreements.
Kuopio campus solar panels
Melania building on Kuopio campus has 78 solar panels on it's roof.
Electricity used by UEF comes from 100 % renewable sources
Since 2018 all the electricity purchased by UEF has been completely from renewable energy sources. Since 2020 facilities have also utilized demand-side management.
UEF also aims with the help of SYK, local cities and energy providers to increase the use of renewable energy sources in its heating. For example as a part of the climate partnership with the city of Joensuu, the aim is to increase renewables to 80 % of district heating.
LEDs and automated lighting
LED lights have been installed during renovations. Lights are also optimized according to natural light from outdoors. Many building also have automated lighting that work by detecting movement.
Waste reduction and increased recycling
Waste is reduced already during procurement, especially unnecessary plastic packaging is avoided. Recycling is constantly being improved in UEF facilities. For example in 2020 plastic recycling began.
Restaurant services have reduced single use plastics by removing straws, spoons and coffee cup lids or replaced them with more sustainable options.
On the campus areas, we want to generate positive impacts for biodiversity. Our vision is campuses with diverse species of living organisms suited for the urban environment.