The slogan "practice what you preach" is central to the work being done at Stockholm University to maintain the environment. All the work is built on personal engagement and active participation.

Stacks of activities take place to reduce the University's effect on the environment. For example, the University works actively to save energy and cut down on office paper; rubbish is sorted and ecological goods are purchased where possible. There is even an emphasis on using technology to facilitate long-distance collaboration so staff don't have to jet off around the globe to collaborate with colleagues.

You as a student can also actively work to help the environment at Stockholm University. You can turn off lights in empty rooms or lecture halls, avoid printing documents unnecessarily, cycle and walk or use public transport, eat your lunch on a tray, and recycle the newspapers and magazines you read.

Interested in knowing more about Stockholm University's work to support the environment?

Contact the environmental co-ordinator Jenny Lillihöök at jenny.lilliehook@tb.su.se or the head of environmental initiatives, Jörgen Bäckström jorgen.backstrom@tb.su.se.

They are responsible for the University's environmental policy and its implementation.

Green lifestyle in Stockholm

As a student in Stockholm there are lots of opportunities to live in an environmentally-friendly way. There is a considerable choice of restaurants and cafés serving organic food. There is also plenty of environmentally-friendly foods to choose from in the shops. Remember: a bicycle is is a much better than public transport in terms of its effect on the environment.

To and from the airport

There are many choices to choose from if you are travelling to or from Arlanda airport. The cheapest and most environmentally-friendly way to get there is to travel on the public transport. Take bus 583 from the airport to Märsta and then hop on a commuter train (We call them "pendeltåg") to the Central Train Station in Stockholm. The total journey time is just 52 minutes. Information about timetables for all Stockholm's public transport is available at http://www.sl.se/templates/PriceList.aspx?id=5302.

Other, more expensive alternatives are the airport coaches ("flygbussarna") or the high-speed Arlanda Express train. For more information see www.flygbussarna.se or www.arlandaexpress.com.

If you really need to take a taxi, it is better to take one of the taxis that run on biofuel. Taxi Stockholm, Taxi 020 and Taxi Kurir all offer this service.

Cycling in Stockholm

Cycling in Stockholm is both better for the environment and good for your health. There are lots of cycle paths around the city and many of them are away from the traffic on the road. If you want to be on the safe side, we recommend you invest in a bicycle helmet. You can find maps showing the city cycle paths at bookstores or other stores like newsagents that sell maps.

If you want to hire a bicycle there are over 70 outlets in the city with bikes available for hire. The bike stations are open between April 1 and October 31 each year. Information about hiring a bike is available in English at www.stockholmcitybikes.se/en

Walking in Stockholm

An excellent and environmentally-friendly way to explore the streets of Stockholm is to go for a walk accompanied by a map to guide you where to go. If you want to walk into Stureplan in the heart of the city from the University campus at Frescati, it takes about 35 minutes. The walk to Slussen takes approximately 1 hour.

Bus, metro and commuter trains

A cheap and environmentally-friendly way of travelling around Stockholm county is to go by public transport. For up to date lists of ticket prices, visit www.sl.se.

Getting away for the weekend

One of the great things about the public transport system in Stockholm is that it will take you right out into the archipelago all year round. This is a unique and breathtaking natural and cultural environment and well worth visiting. We recommend you pack a picnic and head out of the city on a lovely sunny day to visit the natural beautyspot of Gålö - an island in the archipelago. You'll find more information about the Stockholm archipelago at www.stockholmtown.com.

Travelling outside Stockholm

If you are planning to explore other parts of Sweden, the train and bus are the best way to do this in terms of the environment. Information, tickets and timetables for trains are located at: www.sj.se.

If you want to travel by bus in Sweden or to any of our neighbouring countries, check with Swebus Express: www.swebusexpress.se.

Eating out

There are lots of cafés and restaurants in Stockholm for you if you're a vegetarian, vegan or want to eat organic food. You'll find more info at www.happycow.net.

Shopping for organic food

You can always find a small selection of ecological goods in most supermarkets in Stockholm. The supermarket chain with the biggest selection of ecological goods is Coop.

There are also a few specialist stores that only sell ecological food: e.g. Bondens Butik and Good Store.

You can find the address of these stores at www.bondensbutik.se or www.goodstore.se.

Many of the health stores have a selection of ecological food and environmentally-friendly hygiene products.

Ecological, 'fair trade' or second-hand shopping

Designer clothes made from ecological wool are to be found at Ekovaruhuset in the Old Town (Gamla Stan). The address of the store is available at www.ekovaruhuset.se.

If you are looking for 'fair trade' furnishings or goods, try Sally Ann or Afro Art on Södermalm. The address for Sally Ann is available at www.sallyann.se and for Afro Art at www.miramaya.se.

If you're looking for second hand goods, shoes, furniture or household goods, you can find them in the Salvation Army (Frälsningsarmén) or City Mission (Stadsmission) stores.

Eco-labelling

In Sweden there are a number of well-established eco-labels set up by independent organisations. The most common ones are the Swan or Bra Miljöval [Good Environmental Choice] which you will find on personal hygiene goods and detergents. The Swedish eco-lable for ecological produce is KRAV.

Editor: Jenny Lilliehöök/PP