Sustainability education/research

Hokkaido Summer Institute

This is a program that enables experience studying abroad while staying in Hokkaido University, which was started in 2016.  In this program, faculty members of our university provides leading edge classes in English from June to August with researchers who work at forefront of the field, invited from universities and research institutions around the world. 

Sustainable Campus Management Office has invited Dr. Ariane Koenig from University of Luxembourg since 2017, providing classes “the Concept of sustainable campus and university campus assessment”, and “The concept of sustainable campus and university campus assessment”.  Building of a sustainable society is a global challenge, as well as something that is realized with different methods and solutions depending on the natural or social conditions in respective regional communities.  This course focuses on living space that respective regions have and relationship of that to university campuses that situate within the space.  This course is held with the aim of getting people to understand multilaterally the social roles played by a campus, from the perspectives of environment

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Couses which Sustainable Campus Management Office provided since 2017

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Students from Seika University doctorate course and Asian Institute of Technology master’s course attended the course. The above course included diverse educations, such as various functions included within university campus and administrative mechanism, realities of environmental impact, campus assessment system, concept of “anthropocene” that widely questions the form of modern civilization, learning of issues such as “fillet society”, visiting facilities within the city, and training to grasp complex issues through systematic thinking workshops.

This was highly evaluated by students in their class assessment, since it covered (1) learning of concepts, (2) actual example of Sapporo Campus, and (3) thinking technique training for resolving issues, enabling students to understand the concept and practice of sustainability in a well-balanced manner. Japanese students from Hokkaido University also participated in the systematic thinking workshop, getting an educational opportunity to test out decision making process for creation of problem solving methods by debating with students from societies with different conditions as premises.

East Russia-Japan Expert Education Consortium (RJE3) Program

This is an educational program that handles multidisciplinary important issues such as “environment assessment,” “cultural diversity,” “soil and production,” “regional resource development” and “disaster prevention management,” with Far East/Arctic Circle as subject area where global environment issues such as climate changes and historical/ cultural diversities accumulate together. Hokkaido University and five main Far Eastern Russia universities, research institutions/local governments/governmental agencies/industrial worlds of Japan and Russia formed RJE3, an initiative that would nurture specialists well versed in respective fields, for resolution of those issues. This program is one of internationally deployed enterprise of universities by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and was started in October 2014. This will continue on going forward until 2018.

Office for Sustainable Campus has carried out a class on Sustainable Campus within this RJE3 program during 2015 ~ 2016. The concept of Sustainable Campus and initiatives are unprecedented in Russian universities; this class received high evaluations from Russian students who attended the class, as providing learning opportunities on new concepts relating to sustainability.

RJE3 Program

Participating universities in Russia

Far Eastern Federal University
North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk
Irkutsk State University
Sakhalin State University
Pacific National University

Participating departments within Hokkaido University

Graduate School of Letters Graduate School of Agriculture Graduate School of Science Graduate School of Environmental Science Graduate School/Faculty of Engineering

An attempt at dietary education and environmental education on pre-school children

HU Farm Club

This is a student club which targets its activities towards awareness improvement of students on food and environmental issues by producing vegetables at a farm within the university campus. Three students started this activity in 2014, and by next year 26 people from various departments and age joined in this vegetable making. HU Farm Club activities started out when this project was chosen as the Best Project in 2014 Sustainable Campus Contest; Sustainable Campus Management Office supports activities by students.

Activities at the time of inauguration
August 2015: Inviting residents from surrounding area to “Hokkaido University Farm Field Tour”
October 2015: Based sweet potatoes at on-site Child Care Center
November 2015: “Raking fallen leaves” with children from the on-site Child Care Center

Sustainable Campus Contest

This contest is a platform for discovering ideas by students which are buried within Hokkaido University, and is hosted by the Students Council for Sustainable Development in Hokkaido University (SCSD), a student organization. Faculty members from Sustainable Campus Management Office also participate in this contest, supporting realization of ideas of students from funding and administrative perspectives. The purpose of this is to build a Sustainable Campus from the bottom up.

Ideas and achievements that would lead to “Realization of Sustainable Society” are collected from students and are presented, which are then screened by Hokkaido University faculty members, students and visitors (can be general public or students), and the project that was deemed as the best gets supported in its realization over a period of one year.

Participants in 2014 Sustainable Campus Contest

“Connectable Vehicle Project”
“Creating a Community Center in Hokkaido University”

“Hokkaido University Cafe Project (repair of wooden deck beside the Museum)”
“Experiment on water quality improvement effect when using flocculation agent” “Observation of micro structure of iron using an electron microscope” (special presentations by Sapporo Moiwa High school)

“Miscellaneous recyclable paper reduction project”
“ARUBORA in Hokkaido University”
“Let’s create all-department farm” (HU Farm)

Collaboration with Committee for Campus and Regional Community Planning, Architectural Institute of Japan, as well as Subcommittee for Planning Strategy and Working Group for Campus and Regional Regeneration.

At Sustainable Campus Management Office, we carry out education/research on sustainability and sustainable campus as academic subjects which include workshops on system thinking without limiting to environmental impact reduction, from a wider perspective of social roles universities should play.

Below slides are from Research Committee on Urban Planning and Design of Architectural Institute of Japan at that time, when the information of ASSC (version 1) developed in 2013 was shared in a workshop presentation. ASSC that is currently being operated is a revised version of this, Version 2.

Campus Sub Committee Presentation Material (extracts) PDF

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