What is JAPA?

We are a non-profit and politically independent association promoting sustainable development in Jyväskylä. Our goal is to get sustainable development and living a part of the residents’ everyday lives.

What we do?

Our activities include planning and implementation of various sustainable development -related projects and events. We work in close cooperation with local residents’ associations, the city of Jyväskylä, and the waste management center Mustankorkea.

Guidance on waste management

One of our tasks is to educate people on issues related to waste, such as waste reduction and recycling. We do this in cooperation with the waste management center Mustankorkea.

Promoting sustainable ways of transportation

One of our goals is to reduce private motoring and to promote public transportation and other, more sustainable ways of travelling. As one of our means to achieve that goal, we have set up the Cargo Bike Borrowing Shop, from which anyone can borrow a cargo bike, free of charge. You can find more information about the shop in English here.

Local food networks

There are altogether five local food networks in Central Finland that JAPA has founded. Through those networks, anyone can order produce and goods grown locally, close to their home. Deliveries are organized approximately once a month.

The aim of local food networks isn’t to make profit, but to connect food producers and consumers as well as to make fresh, clean, and healthy local food available to everyone, without any extra intermediates.

By buying locally produced goods you support the local producers and local economy.

For more information, visit: Lähiruokapiirit (in Finnish)

Other food networks in Central Finland: Students’ organic food network Jolppi ry

Different kinds of projects related to sustainable development

As a part of our goal to get sustainable development and living a part of local residents’ everyday lives, we plan and organize different kinds of projects in Jyväskylä. An example of those is a project called Resource-wise living, which we implemented in 2014.

The aim of the pilot project was to make housing cooperatives more resource-wise. Concrete changes such as renewing lighting, installing water-saving fixtures, and improving energy efficiency were done in the pilot housing cooperatives that were selected in the project. Even small changes in a co-op can have a huge impact on emissions, natural resources and expenses. Resource-wisdom cuts down on living costs, reinforces satisfaction in living and increases the value of the apartment.

The pilot was a part of Sitra’s project entitled Towards Resource Wisdom, the aim of which is to promote sustainable use of natural resources and to minimize harmful effects on the environment in cooperation with local citizens, businesses and communities.

To learn more about us and our activities, please contact us by email toimisto @ japary.fi