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A sustainable university

At Linnaeus University, we believe that we best contribute to solutions to societal challenges within sustainability by working through our research, education and collaboration. The starting point is our Vision and Sustainability policy and together with UN's global sustainability goals Agenda 2030 we aim to create a sustainable university – ecologically, economically and socially.

How do we work with sustainability at Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University's sustainability policy (hållbarhetspolicy) highlights that the university has a key role in the transition towards a sustainable and fair society and we therefore have a great responsibility. Linnaeus University can contribute to this in various ways.

We contribute by following the mission that comes from the Higher Education Act's requirement, that the higher education institutions through their activities must promote sustainable development, that gender equality must always be observed and the importance of mutual cooperation with the surrounding society. We want sustainability in the broadest sense to be integrated into structures and cultures throughout Linnaeus University's operations. This means that by seeing sustainability as crossing borders, utilizing the variety of competences that exist, we must work to raise awareness of requirements, expectations and needs in the area of ​​sustainability through education, research and through our working methods.

Linnaeus University must be an example as a sustainable study and workplace; in meetings between people, in our accessible physical and digital environments, in our resource use and in our climate and gender equality work.

We want to be a University that takes responsibility for the future!

Linnaeus University's vision "We set knowledge in motion for a sustainable societal development" extends until 2030. It is therefore broken down into five goals that describe what the university must have achieved during the period 2021-2025. One of these goals concerns how Linnaeus University contributes knowledge-based solutions to global societal challenges through systematic and visible sustainability work in all parts of the university.

Linnaeus University's sustainability work includes the following perspectives: environment/climate, gender equality/equal conditions, work environment and internationalization.

Agenda 2030

Agenda 2030 is an action plan that UN member states adopted in 2015. It consists of 17 goals, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which aim to create a transition to a sustainable society for people, planet and prosperity. The goals are integrated and indivisible and encompass the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, the social and the environmental.

Linnaeus University sees the 17 goals in Agenda 2030 as a map that includes the various parts of the university's work with sustainability. Through our activities as a university, through research and our own work to achieve internal ambitions, we work towards reaching the goals in Agenda 2030.

Read more about the work in the Linnaeus University's SDG report with examples of education, research and collaboration linked to the goals in Agenda 2030.

Linnaeus University contributes to climate transition

The world is facing a climate emergency, as highlighted in the latest report by the UN’s climate panel, the IPCC. The international community acknowledges that the next few years are critical for limiting climate change and avoiding the worst consequences, making them crucial for the future of humanity. In 2022, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) stated that only a complete transformation of our economies and societies can save us from an accelerating climate catastrophe. Universities play a central role in this transition. We educate today’s and tomorrow’s citizens and decision-makers and generate knowledge through our research. We also take responsibility for reducing the negative climate impact of our own operations based on scientific grounds.

The Linnaeus University has decided on a climate action plan 2023-2025 where activities and measures have an impact through education, research and cooperation and by taking responsibility for reducing the negative climate impact from our own activities on a scientific basis. The Linnaeus University has two overarching goals regarding the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, both of which are compared to the 2019 level:

Climate targets:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions from business travel should be reduced by 50% per full-time equivalent by 2025, compared to the 2019 level.
  • Linnaeus University’s total carbon dioxide emissions should be reduced by 50% per full-time equivalent by 2030, compared to the 2019 level.

Linnaeus University’s Climate Action Plan 2023–2025

Gender Equality at Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University works from a gender equality perspective with focus on intersectionality and sustainability where gender is the base but focus also lays in how gender interacts with other power structures. In this way of proceeding, the starting point is always gender, but never only gender. Applying the gender equality perspective with an intersectional approach means reflecting and considering what possible consequences a decision, a document or measure, for example, may have in terms of attaining the goals for gender equality and equal opportunities. Human conditions are complex and are affected by the interplay of several factors such as: class, gender identity or gender expression, ethnicity, religion or other fundamental belief, functionality, sexual orientation, and age. At Linnaeus University, gender equality is organised as part of the University’s work for sustainability to realise the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Read Gender equality plan 2023-2025 here 


Student project on sustainability

Linnaeus University announces funds for students who wish to carry out a project within sustainability. Linnaeus University wants to make the most of our students’ commitment, interest and knowledge in sustainability, but also enable learning for sustainable development, beyond regular studies. These student projects are part of the university’s overall sustainability work, and therefore, a contribution to a sustainable societal development.

Many different project ideas are possible, in both content and form. It can be a book circle, an information campaign, a clothing swap day, a farming project, an exhibition, a film screening, an open lecture, or something that somehow relates to sustainability.