The target of Sustainable Campus initiatives are issues that involve complex factors, relating to university campus development, education/research and social collaboration factors interconnecting with each other. Therefore rather than being an initiative that completes within a specific internal organization of a university, this requires a planning based on all-campus strategies. That is the “Action Plans for building a Sustainable Campus.”
Action Plan 2016 for building a Sustainable Campus
“Action Plan 2016” evaluated implementation status of “Action Plan 2012” using ASSC, Assessment System for Sustainable Campus, and was drawn up as its revised version. It targets the entire campus and all relevant departments will execute their parts autonomously, and Sustainable Campus Management Office will act as the center of the activities.
The Plan has set out six new targets, under the environmental policies of this university. The unique characteristic of those targets is in that it fuses together the aspect of building a high quality campus with low environmental impact, and the aspect of promoting education/research on sustainability; they can be sorted in three layers, “those with emphasis on education/research,” “those with emphasis on building of campus space and its management” and “those with emphasis on the intermediate range of those two fused together.” Actions that have been put together specifically towards target achievements are executed, with Sustainable Campus Management Office, Facilities Department and relevant departments cooperating together.
As an indicator to measure reduction of environmental impact, “Action Plan 2016” has set a target figure of 1.5% reduction per year on standard physical units of primary energy consumption at Sapporo and Hakodate campus added together. Since deriving the standard physical unit based on 2015 data gives 2.22×103 [MJ/(㎡year)], the target standard physical units of primary energy consumption for the final year (2021) of the Third Medium Term Objective Period of this university will be 2.22×0.91=2.02×103 [MJ/(㎡year)].
Campus is the stage that underpins university education and research, and functionalities that harmonize with “Future Strategy for the 150th Anniversary” (PDF) upheld by our university are required. To this end, it is important that students/faculty members of various departments and operating staffs responsible for campus planning/development to cooperate with each other and participate actively in campus management, rather than merely further promoting sustainability education/research.