Sustainability and Hokkaido University

Progress of Hokkaido University

Initiatives on sustainability at Hokkaido University started when “Sustainable Development” International Strategy Center was established in 2005. As Hokkaido University became more global, it started drawing up strategies on the theme of sustainable development. 2005 was also the year when “United Nation Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” had started.

In 2007, “Sustainability Weeks,” an event that showcases lists of educations/ researches relating to sustainability at Hokkaido University got started.

G8 University Summit was held in 2008, around the same time as G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, and our university played the host university. At this G8 University Summit, “Sapporo Sustainability Declaration” was adopted. 27 universities from around the world signed this declaration which avowed that universities will become a driving force for creation of sustainable society.

Following this trend, Office for a Sustainable Campus was established at our university in 2010. Since sustainability initiatives of our university had developed in connection with international policies, Office for a Sustainable Campus had the ground to proactively participate in international discussion forums from the beginning. This can also be seen from the fact that drawing up of “Action Plans for building Sustainable Campus” and development of “Assessment System for Sustainable Campus (ASSC)” were results of discussions with faculty members of overseas universities and international project adopted by European Commission.

From April 1, 2018, it became a new structure and was reorganized into “Sustainable Campus Management Office”.

Hokkaido University reaches its 150th year in 2026. Towards this 150th anniversary, university reform strategy called “Future Strategy for the 150th Anniversary” has been drawn up, and we uphold a big target of “Contributing Towards Resolution of Global Issues.” “United Nation Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” ended in 2014, and “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of United Nations” started new in 2015. This precisely harmonizes with “Contributing Towards Resolution of Global Issues” mentioned in Future Strategy for the 150th Anniversary, since we are endeavoring to achieve diverse challenges and targets shown in SDGs through education/research/social collaboration at our university.

Environmental policies and strategies of Hokkaido University

The four basic philosophies

  • frontier spirit
  • global perspectives
  • all-round education
  • practical learning

Hokkaido University Environmental Policy

Drawn up 5 September 2005

Policy Statement

Hokkaido University is a national university with a central role in Japan’s academic research and human resource development (e.g., researcher capabilities), and supports the country’s knowledge foundation for the 21st century. In this role, it is committed in all its activities to protecting the environment on local and global scalesand to building a sustainable society.

Basic Principles

Hokkaido University shall establish an Environmental Management System to implement the goals of its Policy Statement, and shall set and achieve environmental objectives as outlined below in conjunction with university staff, students and everybody else on campus. The university shall also make efforts to ensure that ongoing environmentally friendly activities take root by publicizing them on campus and providing relevant information to the public.

  1. Consideration for the global and local environment via education and research
    HU shall foster the development of individuals with high degrees of specialization through the promotion of a wide variety of educational and research activities relating to global and local environments, and shall produce outstanding research achievements.
  2. Social contribution via the provision of information on the environment
    HU shall help to raise awareness of the need for environmental consideration in local communities and society as a whole through eff­orts to educate and to make people aware of environmental education and research program results.
  3. Reduction of the university’s environmental footprint
    HU shall make eff­orts to reduce its environmental footprint via the promotion of energy and resource conservation, cyclical resource usage and green purchasing along with thorough implementation of chemical substance control and other measures.

Future strategy for the 150th anniversary of Hokkaido University

Drawn up March 2014

Hokkaido University is reaching its 150th anniversary on 2026. In order to move on with university reforms in the direction of “Contributing Towards the Resolution of Global Issues,” we have published below goals.

  1. Hokkaido University will promote world-class research to
    resolve a variety of issues to sustain future generations.
  2. Hokkaido University will produce graduates who will play a leading role in contributing to the development of a global society. As specialists in their fields, they will possess sound judgment and deep insight, along with the ability to understand and communicate with different cultures.
  3. Hokkaido University will continue to transmit knowledge and promote social advancement through outside collaboration, providing assistance to regions and communities in Japan and overseas by addressing and resolving the issues that concern them.
  4. Under the leadership of the President, Hokkaido University will carry out reforms of our organizational, personnel, and budget systems, establish an infrastructure that enables members to carry out their tasks with a sense of pride and fulfillment, and implement administrative policies with a focus on sustainable development.
  5. Hokkaido University will establish a global presence by actively publicizing the fruits of its education and research through strategic marketing.