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Sustainability and environmental work

Södertörn University works with sustainable development in education and research. Södertörn University also strives to minimise the university's environmental footprint. This work is supported by an environmental management system.

The information on this page is currently being updated.

Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy

Södertörn University has a Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy document which can be read here:

Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy Document for Södertörn University:

Södertörn University provides education and research in the humanities, social sciences, technology and natural science. As a modern and innovative university, Södertörn University shall conduct active and responsible environmental work, locally, regionally and globally, to ensure that current and future generations are guaranteed a healthy, good environment. The university shall strive for long-term, continual environmental work that builds upon constant improvement. The applicable environmental legislation and other environmental requirements relevant to the university are the foundation of the environmental work conducted at Södertörn University.

Södertörn University shall, through integrating sustainability in the organisation, systematically prevent and reduce its environmental impact and increase its positive effect on the environment. In addition, the environment shall be considered in all decisions relating to operations, including education, research and administration. The university shall also conduct regular internal environmental audits to ensure that set targets are achieved.

Active participation from staff and students is a prerequisite for the success of Södertörn University's environmental work. The university shall also convey awareness of issues relating to sustainability and the environment to staff and students, and create the right conditions for providing students with the relevant competence in these issues in relation to their education, so promoting new ideas and actions in the field of sustainable development. Similarly, research and external relations shall also integrate aspects of sustainable development. The central administration shall be environmentally aware and work efficiently with its resources.

During tendering and purchasing processes, Södertörn University shall consider the environment and prioritise measures in the order in which they have the greatest effect in relation to their cost. In addition, the university shall continually work to reduce its consumption of power and materials, and to reduce its emissions to land, air and water.

Travels, digital meetings and the environment

Here you will find information on how to travel more environmentally friendly and about digital meetings/ video meetings

Some environmental advice along the way:

  • Have "travel-free meetings", virtual meetings i.e. conference calls, video meetings or video conferences.
  • Travel by train. (Always take the train if the journey does not take more than 4 hours).
  • When travelling by air, avoid layovers.
  • Use public transport, Choose a “green taxi”.
  • When renting a car, choose a "green car".

Read more

Business travel, policy and guidelines (University administration dep. Human Resources) (in Swedish).

Business travels should be booked with the travel agency Stureplans Affärsresebyrå, with which the university has an agreement. (University administration dep. Finance and Auditing).

Virtual meetings (i.e. conference calls, video meetings or video conferences) are friendly to the environment and save money and time.

Available software for virtual meetings/video meetings at Södertörn University:


Zoom, a software for video meetings/video conferencing at Södertörn University as well as online education. The tool has features that support many different types of meetings, ranging from individual meetings with two participants to lectures and seminars with many presenters and listeners.

Instructions and contact information in Swedish and link to log in for Zoom.

Need help with Zoom? Please contact ikt-pedagogerna@sh.se

Skype for business

Skype for business is another software for video meetings at Södertörn University. The program is a standard installation at the university, and should be on your computer. You can find it in Office 365 or by searching for the software through the Windows Start menu. Skype for business is integrated with Outlook, which allows you to easily invite to a Skype for business meeting.

How to use Skype for business:


Microsoft Teams is a group working platform for chat and online meetings. You do not need to be a participant in a specific team to create an online meeting in Teams. Find more information here.


To participate in a video meeting you will need a simple webcam and headset.
You can use the camera on your laptop, but for good sound quality for you and the other meeting participants it is best if you use a headset.

Through the university's e-commerce system you can order webcams and headsets.

Rent Equipment

Headset, webcam and phone for conference calls you can borrow at book at https://av.sh.se External link, opens in new window.

Office waste management and recycling

If you are unsure about anything related to recycling or waste, consult with the environmental representative in your department/equivalent, Campus support services (info@sh.se), or the Environmental coordinator (miljo@sh.se).

Packaging (paper, plastic, metal and glass):

All Packaging should be recycled! All packaging/containers (food containers, etc) is deposited in the recycling containers in the lunch/microwave room (there should be one for for each of following packaging fractions: paper, plastic, metal, coloured glass and clear glass).

Refundable drink cans:

Are returned to a shop or point of purchase for "PANT". (You and your colleges can save them in a box and have a PANT/refund-fika for the money you get back!)

Paper Recycling (surplus paper copies, newspapers and magazines):

Containers for "Paper for recycling" is available at many places, usually close to the printers.

Cardboard (bigger items, for example corrugated cardboard):

Recycling containers are usually placed close to the printers, or is collected in a given place after contact with Campus support services, email: info@sh.se


All spent batteries must be collected for reuse or disposal!
Recycling containers in main entrance/reception or e-mail: info@sh.se
Note: Batteries containing the heavy metals lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and cadmium are classed as hazardous waste.
Other batteries are not classed as hazardous waste.

Contact Campus support services at info@sh.se for collection for the following waste

Note: Do Not put this waste fractions in Combustible waste:

  • Electric waste (i.e electrical and electronic products)
  • Light sources/Light bulbs (Fluorescent tubes/Low energy lamps, LED- lamps) All light sources must be collected! Fluorescent tubes, low-energy lamps and other light sources containing mercury are classed as hazardous waste.
    Great care must be taken in leaving and handling light sources so that they do no burst or are not broken off.
  • Metal scrap (Metal object that is not metal packaging, iron scrap, screws, nails.)
  • Old furniture (may be reused or fixed).
  • Chemicals for office or household use. In principle, all chemical rests are classified as hazardous waste/goods and must not be poured down drains or put in bin for combustible waste.

University laboratory waste (i.e laboratory work in MD)

There are special procedures and regulations regarding university laboratory waste. Please contact Charlotta Warmark in order to get access to the safety manual.

Computers and computer equipment

Computers and computer equipment have special rules – contact your manager or/and Campus and ICT Services at info@sh.se.

Constant improvement!

Report improvement proposals and deviations in environmental and sustainability work: miljo@sh.se

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Last updated: 2021-10-08 by Kristina Hanson