Tallinn University - Green University
The university has an opportunity, bringing with it an obligation, to be a living laboratory in enhancing sustainable development.
Each one of us has an influence on the environment through the way we consume products and services based on natural resources. Our modern society consumes more of these resources than the Earth can provide and, as a result, we must pursue the principles of sustainable development.
As centres for creating knowledge, universities have a unique opportunity, and indeed an obligation, to support and advise the community on social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. In this way, it is possible for the principles of sustainable development to be implemented in every area of society.
Consequently, Tallinn University has joined the Green Academic Footprint initiative of the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) in order to participate in the process of making the principles of sustainable development part of everyday life. This strategic association brings us into close cooperation with opinion leaders, policy designers, communities, companies and other universities as we share green practices aimed at diminishing our ecological footprint.
All members of Tallinn University have an opportunity to participate and set an example in this process of sustainable development for society.
Green initiatives recommended to members of Tallinn University
- Moving around in the city. Travel to/from the university on foot, by public transportation or bicycle. Use a car only when there is no other option. Our university is the only university in Estonia that is accessible by tram - one of the most environmental-friendly means of transportation.
- Moving on stairs. Where possible, use the stairs to move between floors. Use a lift only when you need to pass up through more than three floors and use the stairs to come down from upper floors.
- Room ventilation. During the winter, open the window only to ventilate a room, not to regulate the temperature. Use the heating device to regulate room temperature.
- Drinking beverages. Use your own personal cup to drink coffee, tea and water etc. and take advantage of the discount offered in the university cafes for using your own utensils. Use reusable tableware when organising coffee breaks. If you still need to use disposable tableware, choose reusable materials. Use food that is Estonian origin, preferably organic and as lightly processed as possible.
- Energy consumption. Set your computer and other devices to the energy saving mode. If necessary, ask the IT department for assistance.
- Printing. Only print documents if you really need to, and recommend this to your colleagues. Notes and materials from meetings etc. do not need to be printed - the university has full Wi-Fi coverage and all electronically published materials are always available. If possible, set the printer to toner saving mode. Check whether the printer enables printing on both sides of the paper – if so, take advantage of this option.
- Sorting waste. Sort waste in the following way: paper, organic waste and packages (that can be reused). Since it is inevitable that some waste is ultimately produced, try and keep it to a minimum.
- Use water sensibly. Don´t leave water running. Take only as much as you can use and use what you take.
- Lighting. Turn the lights off if you are the last to leave a room.
- Set an example. A personal role model has the greatest influence and is the most effective catalyst for change.