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The Student Union of the University of Turku made commitment for sustainable development

Release | 21.10.2016

The Student Union of the University of Turku has made commitment for sustainable development

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY) has made commitment for sustainable development. The Executive Board of the Student Union decided at its meeting on 5 October to increase the proportion of local food, organic food and fair trade products in the Student Union office’s food purchases, and to reduce food waste, paper consumption and electricity consumption. Full commitment can be found at

The Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development is a Finnish initiative that takes national sustainability efforts to a whole new level. On this website, you can browse commitments given by others, give your own commitment and challenge others to participate.

Commitments promote the implementation of UN sustainable development goals (also known as Agenda 2030). Agenda 2030 was also this year’s theme of the Development cooperation week.

"The decision to make the commitment just before the Development cooperation week was not a coincidence," says Katariina Kulha, member of the Student Union Executive Board. "We already show example by donating 0.7% of our operating funds for development cooperation. It is natural that we act like an example in promoting sustainable development goals in a wider scale. "

According to Kulha, it is a great advantage that the Student Union has the opportunity to influence the student organisations operating at the university.

"By advising and training the student organisations a positive impact spreads far and wide. It is also one of the objectives of the commitment we made", Kulha says.

On Commitment 2050 web page, there are already many universities’ commitments. TYY also challenges all the student unions across Finland to make their own commitments.


More information:

Katariina Kulha

Member of the Executive Board, Development Cooperation

+358 44 796 1057