Environ­mental liability

Karelia University of Applied Sciences operates respon­sibly promoting sustainable devel­opment both as an employer and as a higher education community. The aim is to increase the ecological, economic and socio-cultural sustain­ability and well-being at our university of applied sciences.

We evaluate and develop our activ­ities contin­u­ously. We implement an open operating culture according to the principles of open science and research. Promotion of sustainable devel­opment is part of our educa­tional supply and an integral part of our RDI activities.

The strategy 2030 of Karelia University of Applied Sciences: Karelia2030 – Sustainable Vitality empha­sises our environ­mental liability. We are committed to the low-carbon goals of the city of Joensuu and the province of North Karelia. According to the strategy, our goal is to have a carbon-neutral university of applied sciences by year 2028. We involve students, staff and cooper­ation partners from different fields in the battle against climate change and promote resource-effective circular economy solutions.

The Finnish Education Evalu­ation Center (KARVI), which audits the quality management of higher education insti­tu­tions, evaluated the quality system of Karelia University of Applied Sciences in 2018. The audit is based on European quality assurance principles and criteria. According to the audit, the quality assurance system of Karelia UAS reached the best, i.e. the advanced level.

At Karelia UAS, environ­mental management is part of the continuous improvement work defined in the quality system. Karelia UAS has previ­ously used the Green Office environ­mental system, and our environ­mental management practices and our environ­mental programme have been developed based on it. As a contin­u­ation to the previous system, Karelia UAS aims to develop and implement an environ­mental system that complies with the ISO 14001 standard. Karelia UAS is also involved in the shared UAS cooper­ation of carbon footprint calcu­lation and management. Furthermore, Karelia UAS is committed to the joint sustainable devel­opment programme of univer­sities of applied sciences.

Karelia University of Applied Sciences is a contractual partner of the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve and promotes the sustainable devel­opment goals of the UN through a cooper­ation network. The North Karelia Biosphere Reserve is part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme network of research, exper­iment and devel­opment areas for sustainable development. �