Well-being on the Campus

Saving energy approaches

Result of Energy Saving Actions

Electric Power Demand Monitoring System

Energy Consumption Visualization

Holding workshops

Sorting out waste and their collection methods

Candle night in Hokkaido University

Creating a Sustainable Campus! Proposal collection Project

Saving energy approaches

Energy Awareness Posters

At a campus, education/research activities and other routine daily tasks consume considerable amount of energy and emit CO2. At Hokkaido University, we aim for campuses with low environmental impact and promote energy saving approaches. In 2017, based on Sustainable Campus Action Plan2016, posters to promote energy saving had been prepared. Their contents are made to conform to the fact at Hokkaido University, using data from facility information management system and measurement from various equipments taken between FY2015 and FY2016. There are also stickers showing actual measurement data.

For details, please contact: Sustainable Campus Management Office (osc*osc.hokudai.ac.jp) (please replace * with @).

Thermostat Standards: Set the heater to 20℃ in the winter, & the AC to 28℃ in the summer.

By changing the setting of air conditioners from 21℃ to 20℃ in winter and 27℃ to 28℃ in summer and reducing hours of use by one hour every day, we estimate roughly 2,500 yen to save annually for each machine. With monthly cleaning of the filter, this will further save approximately 560 yen per year. Let us utilize lap blanket in winter and half-sleeve shirts in summer to reduce the use of air conditioning as much as possible.


Set the warm water and seats to “low”.

Let us make sure that temperature settings of warm water and toilet seats are “low & low.” Compared to “high & low” the electricity consumption can be more than halved, and saves roughly 3,000 yen per year for each machine. Across the entire Hokkaido University, we estimate approximately 4 million yen saving annually.


Let them sleep when not needed.

Aren’t you powering up your computer excessively? Electricity consumption in Sleep Mode is roughly 10% of full operating mode. By diligently using Sleep Mode, roughly 480 yen can be saved per machine annually, and we estimate this will result in 6.7 million yen saving across the entire Hokkaido University. If “no computer use needed today,” let us do without turning it up.

Switch off the lights when leaving.

Diligently turning off light is quite effective for saving energy. Based on actual measurement survey at Faculty of Advanced Life Science (Northern Campus Area Research Building No. 2), electricity consumption had gone down 13% by turning out all lights in the entire building during lunch break.

If lights are turned off for one hour every day across the entire university, approximately 1.4 million yen can be saved annually.

Let them sleep in 15 minutes at the longest.

Photocopiers consume electricity even in standby mode. Taking electricity consumption during copying as 100%, it is roughly 77% in standby and 30% in sleep mode. By enforcing “put to sleep mode after use”, approximately 2,760 yen can be saved per year for each machine, and we estimate approximately 1.6 million yen saving for the entire Hokkaido University. Please check your setting and change it right now if it is longer than 15 minutes.

80 ℃ is hot enough for keeping.

Are you sure the temperature setting for keeping water warm is appropriate? If we say electricity consumption at 98℃ setting as 100%, it goes down to 30% at 90℃, and 10% at 80℃which mean 90% cutting down. Changing the setting to 80℃ is expected to save approximately 1,640 yen per year for each 4ℓpot, totaling to roughly 4.9 million yen per year for the entire Hokkaido University.


Click the link to download posters or stickers.



Result of Energy Saving Actions 

“Setsuden Follow up”, the Energy Saving Actions is now available HERE.  (for internal use only, in Japanese)

Electric Power Demand Monitoring System

We implement visualization of electricity usage (Sapporo Campus) in our website. When it is determined that the maximum electricity consumption would exceed the target upper limit, warning emails are sent to Sustainable Campus Promoters, staff in charge of energy consumption at each departments. When they receive the alert, they would notify faculty members within the respective departments and ensure “electricity saving methods” are implemented.

Energy Consumption Visualization – Energy Management

Hokkaido University has been trying to minimize the environmental load.  To raise awareness regarding energy conservation, energy consumption dashboard is now available on our website (click the picture below).  It shows bar graphs on consumption amount of electricity, water supply / sewerage, and gas, as well as waste amount on grouped departments on campus.  In regards to each department’s information, refer to “Energy Management System” in Facilities Information Management System.  

We hope the information provided will be used effectively to lead to engage energy conservation and reducing costs.

Energy Consumption Dashboard (Internal Use Only)

Energy Management System in Facilities Information Management System (Internal Use Only)

Holding workshops

Sustainable Campus Cafes

Sustainable Campus Cafes have been held as opportunities that Environmental Impact Reduction Promoters and their assistants, faculty members and students from various departments exchange opinions. With unique manner than normal Environmental Impact Reduction Promotion Meetings, participants can open up to each other in a relaxed atmosphere and draw out frank opinions and new perspectives. New challenges for “developing a sustainable campus” are extracted/analyzed from within that and lead us to the next actions.

“Hokkaido University now” “What is Hokkaido University’’s characteristics?” “Futures of Hokkaido University” 4 February 2014
“Reducing energy consumption” 7 August 2014

Joint workshop by Facilities Department and Sustainable Campus Management Office

26 August 2015

“How should it be? Pictures of the areas around Administration Bureau in twenty years” 26 August 2015

To make a preliminary design of a building and the surrounding in corporation with users from respective departments, it requires new approach in facilities/environment management method. It was a workshop to bring out how. Specifically referring to renovation plan and progress of three buildings of Graduate School of Engineering, we discussed about the area around Administration Bureau and the neighborhood outside the Main and South Gates, how should the area be? What about the organizational structure to accomplish? It was a new attempt as a workshop among professionals from professors of Task Forces under Executive Office for Campus and Environment Planning, staff from Facilities Department and Sustainable Campus Management Office.

New Campus Master Plan Workshop

What should be the contents of the plan that follows “Campus Master Plan 96” and “Campus Master Plan 2006”? Faculty members and students who are not directly involved with drawing up the plan joined the workshop in order to reflect idea of their own or of those around them.

Among Faculty members 6 June 2016

[Contents that you want to be included in the new Campus Master Plan]

[Participants] Faculty members, researchers, Environmental Impact Reduction Promoter assistants, Administration Bureau Directors Council, Facility Department, and Sapporo City Development Policy Planning Bureau

Among Students 23 July 2016

“What is needed in order to increase fun at Hokkaido University Campus”

[Participants] Hokkaido University Co-op student members, SCSD (Students Council for Sustainable Development in Hokkaido University)

International Symposium on the Creation of Sustainable Campuses 2016 Workshop 1-2 November 2016

“Important items regarding Hokkaido University Campus””What should be included in the new Campus Master Plan” “Measures to resolve important challenges”

[Participants] Assistant Professor Eugenio Morello from Politecnico di Milano (special guest), Hokkaido University faculty members/students, and faculty members involved with other universities’ facility developments

Faculty members + students 14 Feb 2017

An event to propose specific execution plans for matters proposed in past workshops

[A section of proposals]

Proposal towards “Creating a venue for international exchanges” ~ developing a global hot spring utilizing natural energy

Proposal towards “”Creating a place to belong/relax for students” ~ create a space within Learning Commons where anybody can use and relax, in winter and summer!

Proposal towards “Money-making campus” ~

[Participants] Hokkaido University faculty members/students and Northern Cross Inc.


Waste segregation and their collection methods

How would you dispose empty container of lunch? Is there any leftover in the container? How would you dispose then? Paper files can become a resource if fasteners are removed. There are quite a few things that can become resources by making a little extra effort. What about gloves used in an experiment? A styrene foam box that had contained a machine?

Waste segregation poster

Waste segregation quiz (answer sheet)

Waste segregation quiz (correct answers and explanations)


Candle night in Hokkaido University

“Let’s turn off the lights from 8pm to 10pm on the night of summer solstice and spend a slow night.”

Taking a hint from “Voluntary Blackout movement” of 2001 in Canada, this had spread across the entire country as “Candle Night for 1,000,000 persons” in 2003, and “Sapporo Candle Night” executive committee was formed in 2004. Hokkaido University supported the aim of this movement and has been participating in it since 2011. Student environmental organization SCSD (the Student Council for Sustainable Development in Hokkaido University), Sustainable Campus Management Office and Facility Department work together on this, with helps from community members of the areas around the university and members of student clubs.

Creating a Sustainable Campus! Proposal collection Project

In 2015, projects to build a Sustainable Campus were collected from those within the university. This captures the meaning of “Sustainable Campus” and determines aid to diverse enterprises, including those improving campus life quality and initiatives dealing with safety/security. Screening was carried out by “Sustainable Campus Promotion Committee” made up of faculty members of Graduate School of Engineering and staffs of Facility Department.

Focusing on the realization of pollen forecasts – Monitoring of Environmental Nano-Micro Substance

Joint-use Facilities, Faculty of Engineering, Laboratory of Nano-Micro Material Analysis


Pollen collection stands installed in three locations inside the university premise are used to observe pollens. Our aim is to use it for pollen forecast system.

Ryoko KURISHIBA, Technical Staff, Faculty of Engineering

Colletced pollen

Accessibility Improvement Plan in the Northern Country and for Special Needs.

Academic Support Office for Students with Special Needs

Fitting boards for multi-purpose toilets and mirrors for wheelchair users in elevators have been installed. Creating a campus where everybody can live safely and comfortably is an important factor of a Sustainable Campus.

Yasuko MATSUDA, Professor, Faculty of Education, Graduate School of Education,   School of Education, Student Counseling Room, Academic Support Office for Students with Special Needs
Changing board installed in the multi-function restroom at the Hokkaido University Information Center
Triangular mirror installed in the elevator of the Graduate School of Education research building

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Old Lab Computers(PC-3R) Project

Joint-use Facilities, Faculty of Engineering, Laboratory of Nano-Micro Material Analysis

Computers and peripheral equipments that have been deemed as unnecessary items within the Faculty of Engineering were collected/repaired, and were leased to those who applied for them. In 2016, 14 computers and two monitors that had been discarded were repaired. When those were offered for leasing, 43 applicants called in, resulting in all repaired equipments to be reused.

Nobuyuki Miyazaki, Technical Specialist, Faculty of Engineering
Recycled PC
PC-3R Project Working Room

Reducing environmental impact by collecting used books

University library

We aim to change traditional “garbage books” into resources and utilize the earned revenues in education/research aids.

When we carried out used book collection in 2014, calling it “Used Books Cleaning Day,” the total volume of books thus collected amounted to approximately 20 cardboard boxes’ worth. “Used Book Donation” was started out, with a thought that if a system for giving away unwanted books anytime is created, this would also improve convenience for students and faculty members as well.

“Used Book Donation Collection Station” is installed by the main University Library and North Library. Books collected here are handed over to used book collection companies as resources, and payments for them are received by Hokkaido University as donations. Those donations are used for purchase of books for students and buying fixtures such as chairs. Please bring over any books you no longer read to here.

Used Book Donation Collection Station

University Library “Used Book Donation” information website


Development of surrounding environment of child-care facility within the university

General Affairs and Planning Department, Personnel Division, Office of Labor and Welfare

Installed LED lighting facilities at “Tomoni” Child Care Center and surrounding area of “Kodomo No Sono” Child Care Center. In winter, area around the Child Care Centers is dark by the time children leave for home. With cars coming and going for pickups, people were feeling that the area was dangerous. Installment of lighting facilities had a great effect.

Installed LED Lights

A Survey with the Aim of Reducing the Environmental Burden of On-Campus Welfare Facilities and a Student Voice Workshop

Hokkaido University Co-op Committee for Promoting Approaches to Environmental Issues, Research Faculty of Agriculture

The academic 2014 energy and water consumption surveys found that Hokkaido University Co-op establishments are energy-intensive facilities. Urgent needs include the introduction of energy-saving cooking equipment and air conditioning systems, as well as, the development of new menu items.


A workshop run by students was held on Chuo Shokudo (Cafeteria). While the access to Chuo Shokudo is good, its building and facilities are old and the way its space is set up is not necessarily cozy for students, either. On the other hand, new concepts of space uses such as Learning Commons have come up, and there are examples of developments that had been realized. Students went over to other universities to observe, and held a workshop to discuss functionalities needed by Chuo Shokudo.

Ryunosuke Omura, Head of Students Group, Committee for Promoting Approaches to Environmental Issues, Master’s Student, Graduate School of Education
Central Cafeteria
Student Driven Workshop

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