Cultivating an environmental mindset
The foundation of education at Shinshu University is the development of individuals who have the capability to resolve social issues while maintaining an enriched sense of humanity and being able to serve as leaders in society. One aspect of these qualities and capabilities is the "environmental mind", which is outlined in our diploma policies for undergraduate students. In 2001, Shinshu University's Faculty of Engineering became the first national public university in Japan to obtain ISO14001 certifications. Since then, the entire university has taken up the theme of becoming an ecological campus and has produced many individuals who are well versed in a variety of basic and applied skills related to the environment. This "environmental education" is one of the unique education curriculums made possible because of Shinshu's rich natural environment. A unique aspect of our environmental activities is that students are at the center, and they continue to grow as they repeat the PDCA cycle in their lifestyles on and off campus. Students formed the environmental ISO student council to independently implement and maintain an environment management system. In addition, since 2008 we have incorporated the "Green MOT (Management of Technology) Education Program". It is mainly lead by the Graduate School of Economics (Institute of Innovation Management), and provides graduate school students with education of environmental training related to technology. Also since 2008, we have sponsored overseas environmental education internships. The internships provide students with exposure to diverse perspectives relating to environmental activities. Serving as an opportunity for learning and exchange, the circle of social innovation is extended through the globally common keyword: "environment".
Overseas Environmental Education Training Trip
An education training program is held every year. This photo was taken on a visit to Nepal in 2013. Previous trainings have been held in Austria, Germany, USA and Italy. The students gain first-hand knowledge of differences with environmental activities in Japan.
Environmental ISO Student Committee
This committee has been formed out of students’ own initiatives on each of Shinshu University’s five campuses to conduct a variety of environmental activities.
Distribution of Reusable Bags to Freshmen
Every April, when new students matriculate at Shinshu University, members of the Environmental ISO Student Committee design and distribute reusable bags to the new students. Thanks to the Environmental ISO Student Committee’s passion for the environment, they consciously use these bags instead of the less environmentally friendly disposable shopping bags.
Interchange with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Shinshu University signed an academic exchange agreement with UPM in 2010. Each year international exchange is enhanced through initiatives to promote an environmental mindset, including overseas training in environment education and visits by overseas delegations.
Eco-campus Cards Carried by All Students and Staff Members
This card promotes environmental awareness by including aspects such as knowledge regarding environmental policies and conservation as well the record of card holder’s environmental efforts.