December, 3, 2015 International Symposium, The Aim of The Symposium
Team Building Toward a Sustainable Future
Thank you very much for the introduction. My name is Ozasa.
So as an introduction to the symposium today I would like to explain about the aim of this year’s symposium. Please look at this slide. I show this every year. So as Hokkaido University aims to make sustainable campus, this is a timeline for that strategy.
We created a campus master plan in 2006, and following years ago, G8 Toyako Summit was organized. So at the same year Hokkaido University hosted G8 Universities Summit and we adopted the Sapporo Declarations Statement. And we are aiming for sustainability. So 2011, in November, Office for Sustainable Campus was created and following years we have organized a symposium each year and this is the fifth symposium.
We organized these symposiums and we obtained results from symposiums and incorporated into our action plan, and also we created assessment system and collaboration between the university and the local communities. And the theme for this year has been already mentioned. So university that can offer solutions to global issues, what kind of new organization should we make toward this goal, and this is the focus of this symposium.
Since next year we will be getting into third period of our mid-term goal. In that period right away we have to come up with campus master plan and we have to revise it. So it’s been 10 years since the original master plan was formulated. So we need to start to work on this. So presently at Hokkaido University we have the future strategy for the 150 anniversary of Hokkaido University. We have the super global university project, it’s going on, and there was a Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative, is being implemented; the theme, one of the major themes is to make our university that can offer solutions to global issues. So in order to provide solutions, so what kind of organizations do we need to satisfy our needs and this is a detailed scheme to realize our goal.
And in 2011 our Office for Sustainability was created. At the time we were wondering what was meant by a sustainable campus. So at that time we were trying to create this target image and therefore we organized a symposium and we created an action plan for sustainable campus making. And we were wondering if we were going in the right direction. No one knew. So as we were implementing we needed to assess what we were doing at the time. So we clearly recognized the importance of the assessment system. That was the theme for 2012 and here now we can verify what we are doing and Hokkaido University’s strengths and weaknesses were discovered. So the collaboration between university and the regional communities was not one of our strengths. So 2013 and 2014, the symposium in these years we focused on this collaboration. So this year as mentioned this must be a core issue for us. As we implement sustainable campus building, what kind of organization do we need to create that?
This diagram shows in order to create an assessment system, this search shows the framework for a sustainable campus. And sustainable campus activities, what kind of condition are they in, this is verified. And this assessment is called ASSC, Assessment System for Sustainable Campus, and this is a trade and it’s been mentioned that about the Living Lab concept. So including that she was presenting this case.
And this was a case of Bradford University in England and the university and its municipality was collaborating and creating this plan, structure, and organization, and located in the downtown area. The surrounding area was deteriorating, so the city needed to help from university to revitalize the downtown area, and for that university, and England, to collaborate with local regions the Ministry of Education was willing to provide grants for this. And the city provided structural funds for city revitalization project. So utilizing these funds the university was able to create new student dormitories and residents.
So we needed professionals who had right skills to be involved in this project and this university had to produce. So the office for Sustainable Office, what is the positioning of this office in each university, at Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Stanford University, in UC Berkeley? So each university there’s also an Office of Sustainable Campus. The students and faculty are also involved directly and also for Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solution, this institute is closely working with the Campus Sustainability Office.
I like to introduce domestic examples here in Japan. This example is from the Kyushu University and it’s their campus master plan and as you can see, so there are various experts involved in this, and this is a necessity for a new campus
This is composed of faculty and there are experts from human environment, engineering, and agriculture. Some of these experts are in this new campus planning office, positioned in this office. This is categories of sustainable offices in Japan, typical type and the four categories. So in at Kyushu University, it belongs to this category, the full-time category. It’s a mega university. It’s choosing to have a full-time staff for sustainable office. However, this organization for specific campus planning and this is only management activity. It does not expand into education, and no students can participate, and there is no collaboration with local community. So these are some of the problems, issues with the category that I mentioned.
And this is what we’re doing at Hokkaido University. So what kind of organization should we create to achieve our goal, the faculty, students, and local communities? What kind of relationship should we have, or necessary? What kind of skills do we need and what kind of communication or collaboration do we need to have to realize our goal? So we will have keynote lectures from three lecturers and then we will have a panel discussion following the keynote presentations. So I look forward to a good afternoon. Thank you very much for your attention.