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TYS is taking part in the European commission’s RESPONSE project

Infotmation about the project

TYS is taking part in the European commission’s RESPONSE project, funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, in which we are building a plan towards a climate-friendly and sustainable city by developing smart and carbon-neutral solutions of energy production, building technology and mobility. The project parties from Turku are the City of Turku, the Turku Student Village Foundation, Turku Energia, Turku City Data and Turku University of Applied Sciences.

The project’s pilot sites are ‘lighthouse cities’ Dijon (France) and Turku, which are both developing energy positive residential areas. Other partner cities are Brussels (Belgium), Zaragoza (Spain), Botoșani (Romania), Ptolemaida (Greece), Gabrovo (Bulgaria) and Severodonetsk (Ukraine).

In this project, the parties will implement energy-positive solutions integrated in the housing locations and apartments in the Turku Student Village. The goal of these solutions is to turn the Student Village into an energy-positive city district by producing 120–130% of the area’s energy consumption through environmentally friendly means.

In a nutshell, an energy-positive residential area refers to an area that generates more energy than it consumes on an annual level. The general goal of the RESPONSE project is to create flexible and safe cities while also improving the quality of life and mitigating the effects of climate change.

We held two virtual information events to the tenants of the Student Village regarding the RESPONSE project in December. In these events, we shared more information about the solutions to be implemented in the Student Village area and in the apartments as well as about the cooperation to be carried out with the tenants. Below you can find the presentations:


Communication during the project and contact information

TYS informs the tenants of the houses and apartments where measures are taken within the framework of the project by e-mail.

Additionally, all work stages that may cause disruptions as well as noisy work, water or power outages, changes to pathways or long-term exceptions to normal workhours will be reported to the tenants by email.

You can contact the Turku Student Village Foundation regarding the project by email at or by phone, +358(0)2 275 0200.


Get to know the RESPONSE-mentors

Join us in building an energy-positive city district!

Creating an energy-positive city district also requires the residents to be active: they are the best experts of their own living environment. The Student Village’s tenant committees and peer operations will play a major role: active tenants, i.e. mentors, will increase awareness of energy matters in the area, share the tenants’ ideas forward and inspire them to contribute in creating an energy-positive Student Village. The Turku University of Applied Sciences is in charge of the cooperation with the tenants.

How to get involved?


Within the project we will train a group of mentors, who will familiarize themselves with the topic, collect the residents’ views, as well as plan and create new activity to the Student Village.

Planning of events

During the project, events will be planned together with the residents. The events will be about sharing knowledge and finding solutions.


In the hackathons residents as well as start-ups get to brainstorm and present their solution ideas. The best ones will be rewarded!

Your own idea?

If you come up with an idea of your own, promoting energy sustainable and ja environmentally friendly living in the Student Village, let us know!

We’re happy to tell you more about the different ways in which you as a resident can take part in the project:

Ritva Salminiitty
+358 50 5985 245

Heidi Heikkilä
+358 40 355 0135

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement nº 957751. The document represents the view of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility: it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). The European Commission and the Agency do not accept responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.

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