Sustainable actions on campuses
Waste management and recycling
Tampere Universities promote resource-wise practices on the campuses. Several methods to promote the efficient use and sharing of resources are already applied. They include, for example, the services provided by the Library and IT Services. Our campuses also feature places where goods can be borrowed or rented or where they can be recycled.
On the campuses, waste management is the responsibility of the facilities’ owners and the Universities’ Facilities Services. The facility owners are responsible for the waste collection points at the premises and the organisation of municipal waste management. Facilities Services oversees arranging waste management indoors, instructing users and collecting and transporting the waste the Universities generate.
Members of the universities community are encouraged to use environmentally friendly means of transport – such as public transport – in work-related travel.
For example, shared public transport travel cards valid in Tampere have been acquired for each university campus, which are intended for work-related travel during the workday. In addition, some campuses have roundabout bicycles one can borrow for biking from one campus to another.
In the campus facilities, attention is paid to solutions that encourage commuting by bike, such as bicycle parking spaces and adequate changing rooms.
Public access to campus buildings
The main campuses of Tampere Universities are located in Tampere in Hervanta, Kauppi and in the city centre. The community also has activities in Pori and Seinäjoki, as well as a few other offices in Tampere and environmental municipalities.
In normal circumstances, the public spaces of the campuses are broadly open to students, researchers and staff in the community. Many of the facilities are available to members of the community by access card around the clock.
Campus facilities can also be used by non-community actors such as businesses, organizations and individual citizens. Also, the services provided by the Tampere Universities tend to deflect to a wide range of needs of the surrounding society, for example the organization of meetings and events.
The Tampere University Library serves studies, teaching and research of the Tampere Universities — while also serving as a science library open to everyone else.
The Hervanta campus is also home to the Teekkari Museum of Tampere, founded in 1965. The museum offers free, guided museum tours by subscription.
Public access to green spaces
The courtyards and green spaces of Tampere Universities campuses are open to everyone to enjoy architecture and urban nature.
The green roof in the Kampusareena on the Hervanta campus is the largest biodiversity area of all green roofs in Finland. The roof also features insect hotels.
Awarded for promoting sustainable development in 2021, Kampusareena’s contribution to sustainable development is also reflected in the building’s success in supporting local communities. In summer, the green roof serves as a meeting place. In winter, students and children have used the roof for, for example, downhill skiing.
The Central Campus of the Tampere University has two green meadows open to all and one green roof. They were seeded between 2019 and 2020 as part of the Campus Nature project, which aimed to increase biodiversity, collaboration and recreational opportunities in the area. The campus nature solutions are designed and built in collaboration with university staff, researchers, students and other users in the area.
Responsibly developing campuses
The functional development and use of Tampere Universities’ campus facilities provides an opportunity to promote responsibility and collaboration in the community. The goal of campus development is to create multi-purpose environments for learning, work, research and encounters that support daily life in the best possible way and foster multidisciplinarity in the community. The aim is to develop facilities that respond responsibly to the changing needs of their users and society now and in the future.