RCE Helsinki Metropolitan

Photo Credit: Anja Ruoti
Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
January, 2011
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Helsinki Metropolitan is located in the South of Finland, on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

In 2015, the UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will steer the promotion of sustainable development in 2016–2030.

Finland is committed to reaching them both at home and in its international cooperation. Finland’s development cooperation supports this commitment.

https://um.fi/agenda-2030-sustainable-development-goals https://julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/162268/VNK_2020_8_Voluntary_National_Review_Finland.pdf?sequence=4&isAllowed=y

Goals and Objectives:

Vision: 'Sustainable future is an active choice and it will be reached together!'

RCE Helsinki Metropolitan network is committed to further generating, accelerating and mainstreaming ESD by implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, and contributing to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

GAP on five priority areas:

1) Advancing policy

2) Transforming learning and training environments

3) Building capacities of educators and trainers

4) Empowering and mobilising youth, and

5) Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level.

Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Name of organisation: Association for Science Education
Type of organisation: Implementing ESD and SDGs from early childhood education to the school culture and civic society
Contact name: Marja Voipio
Contact email: marja.voipio@pp2.inet.fi

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Luma Centre Finland
Role: Science, SDG, R&D
Contact name: Dr. Maija Aksela
Contact email: maija.aksela@helsinki.fi

Name of organisation: Aalto University
Role: ESD, SDG, R&D
Contact name: Meri Löyttyniemi
Contact email: meri.loyttyniemi@aalto.fi

Name of organisation: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences
Role: ESD, EE, SDG, R&D
Contact name: Dr. Anna Uitto
Contact email: anna.uitto@helsinki.fi

Name of organisation: Motiva – a Sustainable Development Company
Role: Motiva provides the public sector, businesses, municipalities and consumers with information, solutions and services that allow them to make resource-efficient, effective and sustainable choices.
Contact name: Irmeli Mikkonen
Contact email: irmeli.mikkonen@motiva.fi

Name of organisation: Finnish Nature Centre Haltia
Role: EE, ESD, SDG
Contact name: Elina Pilke
Contact email: elina.pilke@metsa.fi

Current Activities:

Implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, and contributing to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

1.Advancing policy

Sustainable development is the basic values in the National Curriculums: Early childhood education and care, pre-primary, basic and general upper secondary education, vocational education and training.

Sustainable School - project

2. Transforming Learning and Training Environments

Association for Science Education promoting ESD and SDGs in early childhood education and school culture.

Supporting pre-school teachers in science education and ESD

University of Helsinki

Annual Finland’s Children’s Forest Trip Day May

LUMA Centre Finland - a network of Finnish universities - is to inspire and motivate children and youth into mathematics, science and technology through the latest methods and activities of science and technology education.

Science clubs

Science camps

Aalto University is committed to promoting sustainability through research and education as well as in our campus development and other daily practices. https://www.aalto.fi/en/sustainability

Motiva – a Sustainable Development Company

Climate.now is a multidisciplinary study and teaching module on the basics of climate change.

3. Building Capacities of Educators and Trainers

Association for Science education
Training days for pre-school and basic education teachers in science and ESD.

LUMA Centre Finland For Teachers and Learning Communities

Aalto University
Education for sustainability
Teachers get peer-support on how to integrate sustainability aspects in their course practices and contents. We also offer dedicated master’s degree programmes and minor studies on a variety of sustainability themes, where our students learn to combine state-of-the-art sustainability aspects with relevant interdisciplinary understanding of the knowledge in other fields.

Open on-line courses

Research and Development
LUMA Centre Finland

Out­line for research and development



Aalto University

Research for sustainability
Complex sustainability challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity and global inequality call for ground-breaking and societally impactful research. Our key research areas give us a unique chance for creating practice-relevant knowledge on cutting-edge sustainability solutions. Read more

Sustainability in business


Water and development

Aalto WiT (World in Transition) LAB is a network of researchers and projects focusing on resilient communities, human settlements, humanitarian architecture, environmental awareness, pre-disaster planning, reconstruction, sustainable technologies, community engagement and grass roots action. WiT LAB furthers the Aalto University’s strategy on sustainability, interdisciplinary collaboration and creating lifelong living environments.

Fashion/Textile Futures

Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Smart Otaniemi is an innovation ecosystem that connects experts, organisations, technologies and pilot projects. It brings the building blocks of a smart future together. Here, we’re working on world changing ideas for smart energy that will be both sustainable and commercially successful.


4. Empowering and mobilising youth

LUMA Centre Finland
International course for youth on global challenges

The University of Helsinki will organise an international course for youth next in 2021. The course will not be organised on 2020 due to the corona situation. The course is based on working with global challenges on four themes:

  • Climate Change
  • Digitalisation
  • Circular economy
  • Wellbeing

Read more info here

5. Accelerating Sustainable Solutions at Local Level
LUMA Centre Finland

Aalto Sustainability Talks
Aalto Sustainability Talks seminar series discusses topical research on critical sustainability challenges and their solutions. The series aims to make Aalto’s sustainability research easily accessible and spur discussion with stakeholders.

Upcoming Activities:
  • Developing an RCE Helsinki Metropolitan website
  • Sustainable School -project
  • Teacher education and producing materials
  • ESD, EE and SDG events
    • Finland’s Children’s Forest Trip Day May, 2021. The intent of the day is in encouraging us all to offer the children of Finland the possibility of going on a trip to the forest. The purpose of the event is to remind us of the importance of going out into the nature and is meant to serve as a celebration of the purity of the Finnish nature.
  • Aalto University Events
  • Open on-line courses

Keinumäki School

The President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö took part in to the Finland’s Children’s Forest Trip Day at Keinumäki school. Read more


Received a Sustainable Development Certificate (13 March, 2018) Read more

University of Helsinki


Dr. Anna Uitto is a partner of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) that contributes to sustainability transformations of societies by means of inter- and transdisciplinary research and education. HELSUS co-creates knowledge through research, experiments, living labs and best practices for national and international policy, private sector and civil society. HELSUS forms an attractive international environment for researchers and facilitates partnerships in areas of research and innovations for the sustainable future.


20,500 children took part in to the Finland’s Children's Forest Trip Day. The intent of the day is in encouraging us all to offer the children of Finland the possibility of going on a trip to the forest. The purpose of the event is to remind us of the importance of going out into the nature and is meant to serve as a celebration of the purity of the Finnish nature.



LUMA Centre Finland

StarT is a science education programme by the LUMA Centre Finland and it has now been granted the Global Best Awards 2018 as Europe's best programme bridging the gap between working life and STEM education at schools.

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Nuuksio National Park (Photo credit: Mari Nuutinen)


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Main RCE Contact:
Anna Maaria (Mari) Nuutinen
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