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Green OsloMet

As an educational institution, we have a responsibility to raise awareness of sustainability and environmental protection among both students and employees Here we present all environmental measures initiated at OsloMet.

We wish our  employees and students to be environmentally conscious and educated with the skills necessary to meet future environmental challenges with innovative actions and sustainable solutions.

In Strategy 2024, we aim to prioritise infrastructure solutions reducing our ecological footprint.

The green project

Relevant research and education

The green choices are some of the most important choices we make. OsloMet wishes to make some of these decisions easier by providing relevant research and education and by pursuing environmentally friendly choices in all processes.

Areas of competence

  • Climate and environment changes put focus on the knowledge needs and management challenges our society is facing with respect to a policy and research field in change.
  • In the areas of technology, innovation and sustainability, research is conducted on the role of products in the consumer culture, on the relationship between technology and society as well as on the environmental impact of various types of consumption and constructions.
  • Our students learn that climate is not a circumscribed matter but a dimension, a fundamental dimension that we must reinforce in all levels of OsloMet.

Challenge

One of the big questions is: what kind of knowledge and expertise do the research environments and work life need to solve the climate challenges? This is a questions OsloMet has put on the agenda in Strategy 2024.

Objectives for OsloMet's environmental measures

  • Develop a strategy for environmental work.
  • Create an action plan for measures in the short and long term.
  • Map and document status quo of the different faculties and units.
  • Collect and promote good examples.
  • Map and document status quo within the administrative main areas.
  • Put goals and improvement points into a schedule and prioritise.
  • Inform about what is being done and justify the measures undertaken
  • Create an annual environmental report.

Green memberships

CIENS

One of Europe's largest research communities within environment, climate and society. OsloMet is indirectly involved in this cooperation through NIBR. More information about CIENS can be found here.

Grønt Punkt

OsloMet is a control member of Grønt punkt (membership for companies that do not produce or use packaging). As a control member we encourage the companies with which we have stipulated purchase agreements to be determined about collecting and recycling packaging.

Nordic Sustainable Campus Network - NSCN

OsloMet has been a member of this Nordic network for sustainable UH institutions (university and university college institutions) since 2014. More information about NSCN can be found here.

Næring for klima (industry for climate)

OsloMet has signed the Oslo climate agreement and is thus part of the network, Næring for klima. This is an environmental cooperation between Oslo municipality and businesses in the Oslo region

Oslo European Environment Capital 2019

The EU has named Oslo as the European Environmental Capital of 2019, and OsloMet has signed the programme statement in order to offer its support as a contributing party. Read more about Oslo environmental capital 2019 and what OsloMet has signed up for in the official programme statement (pdf).

OsloMet’s environmental measures

Larger strategic measures

Digitisation
  • Digital examinations are now widely used in appropriate facilities. This way, we save a lot of paper and reduce copying and transport of examination deliveries to and from the examiner.
  • Live broadcasts (streaming) and recordings of lectures has become a natural part of the teaching. This reduces the need to travel and allows us to offer the same lecture simultaneously on several campuses.
  • Oral examinations in video conference rooms reduce the need to travel for both the examiner and students.
  • Video conferences of meetings reduce the need to travel for employees.
  • Video conference rooms adapted to job interviews save travel expenses and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases domestically and last but not least from abroad.
Card readers on printers

All printers / copy machines at OsloMet are disposed with card readers. This is a solution that efficiently reduces paper consumption. We encourage lecturers to think twice about which printouts are really necessary for the teaching.

Campus Lillestrøm - OsloMet's largest investment in long-term environmental measures

The aim of the project Campus Lillestrøm is that OsloMet will end up with an innovative and technology-oriented campus centrally located in Lillestrøm, as a replacement of campus Kjeller. Comprehensive technology design should be a common thread in all areas, based on the requirements for a comprehensive environmental and energy concept for the new campus.

  • A cost- and area-effective campus
  • Maximum 5-7 minutes’ walk from public transport
  • Well adapted to the use of bike to and from campus
Public transport

We encourage all students and employees to use sustainable measures of transport going to and from OsloMet. Campus Pilestredet and Sandvika enjoy good public transport services, but campus Kjeller has shortcomings in this respect and the establishment of a campus centrally located in Lillestrøm is therefore an important priority.

Specific environmental measures

Waste management

OsloMet will become better at waste sorting. The goal is to increase the sorting rate from 15 to 20% over one to two years (from 45-60%). The work starts with Pilestredet 52 where a test pilot is being conducted. A work group has been commissioned to prepare proposals for measures aimed at increasing the degree of sorting, in cooperation with Ragn Sells (the renovation group OsloMet has an agreement with).

Waste sorting

OsloMet has invested in new coloured tops on the waste containers to make sorting easier. There will be posters / signs with simple texts in the immediate vicinity of the waste containers, showing what to sort where. Here you can read more about waste management and sorting at OsloMet.

Facilitating for the use of bicycles

OsloMet aims to facilitate for the use of bicycles for students and employees. We have outdoor bicycle parking and separate bicycle stalls for employees. Close to the university you will also find city bike stands.

Here you can read more about the bicycle parking offer at OsloMet and about where the stands are located.

Purchases

All employees must guarantee social, ethical and environmental responsibility in all procurements. In practice, this means that those in charge of the specific procurement should assess what requirements to set as eligibility / allocation requirements. OsloMet uses Difi's advice and guidance in these assessments.

Electrical energy measures

OsloMet is systematically working to phase out traditional lighting in favour of LED and demand-controlled lighting. Furthermore, we are planning to improve the management of electric heating.

Electric car priority

OsloMet is currently in the process of replacing our three cars with electric and hybrid cars. We have 6 electric vehicle charging stations on campus Kjeller. We are looking into the possibility of increasing the number of charging stations.

Recycling / reuse

OsloMet values recycling and reuse. We give away furniture that is no longer needed, hold book flea markets in the library, and reuse IT equipment.

Parking

We are continually considering reducing the number of parking spaces. The most recent reduction was made in 2015 on campus Pilestredet.

  • At campus Pilestredet we have 8 handicap parking spaces in P46 and 3 HC parking spaces in P35  
  • We have about 100 parking spaces at campus Kjeller, of which 80 are reserved for employees
Ecolabelling of buildings

The status of the technical condition is the responsibility of the property owner, but OsloMet is a driver.

Renewable heating

Campus Kjeller and nearly all of campus Pilestredet are 100%  heated by district heating.

 

Tip us on how OsloMet can become better at sustainability by sending an e-mail to gronthioa@hioa.no

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