Assessment System for Sustainable Campus

ASSC (Assessment System for Sustainable Campus), developed by Hokkaido University Sustainable Campus Management Office in 2013 is an evaluation system using questionnaire format that captured the university activities.  Results are examined closely regarding selected evaluation standards that are needed to realize sustainability of a campus. The assessment is made up of four categories;  administrative, environmental, education / research, and regional society.  Total of 170 evaluation criterias are placed under those four categories.

ASSC is designed to enable a university that had carried out the assessment to be able to discover criteria for its administrative policies. It clarifies strengths and weaknesses of the said university in realizing campus sustainability, and its mechanism is such that from the assessment result, policies of university administration can be seen, like in which area should be emphasized to reinforce its strength, or to reduce weakness.

Since 2014, ASSC has been utilized in insititutions within Japan as well as by universities overseas. Its operation is run under CAS-Net JAPAN (Campus Sustainability Network in Japan).

How to use

Please acquire an account from online system of ASSC (below). Answers are accepted during application period.  Please inquire to Sustainable Campus Management Office (osc* (replace * with @) for further information.

Benefit of answering

CAS-Net JAPAN issues gold/platinum certification based on the score to universities which submit the answer.  This can be used as a yardstick for the level of Sustainable Campus attainment. Since 2014, 19 universities in comulative total have obtained certification (as of 2019FY end). This certification can be one of information tool to make public of the environmental and sustainability achievement within / out of the university.

How to look at assessment results

Using radar charts and bar graphs like the followings, scores of your university can be compared to the average scores among universities. This shows the strengths / weaknesses of your institution, and helps in drafting organization’s plans that match to the characteristics of the insitution. Also, by carrying out the assessment periodically, the progress from initiatives taken in your organization can be checked as well.

Development background

Sustainability assessment systems for higher education institutions include the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) which is popularly used mainly higher education institutions in North America, Value Metrics and Policies for a Sustainable University Campus (UNI metrics) from joint-research by Politecnico di Torino, Cambridge University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Hokkaido University (a joint program adopted by European Commission), Alternative University Appraisal (AUA) developed by International Center (at that time) of Hokkaido University, as well as UI Green Metric operated by University of Indonesia. ASSC was created based on those existing assessment systems and results from joint research project that we participated in. The existing assessment systems listed above all have different characteristics from each other, but important common factors for evaluating Sustainable Campus were included within, such as administrative policy determination, respective organizations’ practices, individual activitiessuch as students and faculty members.  They provided nourishment for development of ASSC.

Results of Hokkaido University

Including test assessment, Hokkaido University has been carrying out assessment on Sustainable Campus every year since 2013. From below radar chart, one can see that our score is going up gradually, and that our Sustainable Campus initiatives are progressing. We obtained gold certification in 2016. However, compared to average scores of other universities with gold certification, our environmental category and regional society category are slightly low, and need further initiatives on campus plans relating to public space and landscape, energy saving, and disaster prevention aspects.

In response to the facts that had become clear by ASSC, Hokkaido University had been working toward creating sustainable campus. Among many efforts that accomplished in FY2019, the following are notable improvements that contributed to gain score.

  • Score percentages of Hokkaido University in four fields FY2019

  • Score percentages of Hokkaido University by assessment area FY2019

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