1. Sustainability

Shinshu University is located in Nagano Prefecture, renowned in Japan for its commitment to environmental protection. The prefecture’s symbol is an alpine bird called a Rock Ptarmigan. When Shinshu University first acquired ISO 14001 certification in 2001, it was a pioneer among national universities in Japan. Twenty years later, the University remains a world leader in its engagement with the challenges of creating a sustainable society. We continue to expand our environmental education programs and have placed our students at the heart of managing our five eco-campuses. Our staff and students work together, both locally and globally, towards making a world in which future generations can flourish.

Green Campus

The University has designated all of its five campuses as Eco-Campuses and entrusts much of the work of environmental management to the students themselves. Our aim is to foster in our students an awareness of the need for global environmental action both through educational programs and also through daily practical experience such as the separation of trash and energy conservation. An expression of the Eco-Mind spirit is also seen in student clubs like “Mizu Motto”, who are working to reduce the consumption of plastic on campus.


Every April, at the beginning of the academic year, members of the Student Environmental Committee distribute reusable bags, designed by the members of the Committee themselves, to all new first-year students

Overseas Study Tours

Every year, the students participating in our overseas training programs visit countries in Asia, Europe and the USA. They learn through direct experience how environmental management systems work in cultural contexts very different from those in Japan. On their return they share their newly acquired knowledge with their peers.

Eco-Mind Program

Students on this practice-orientated course cluster engage in joint exercises and conduct interviews with local companies and organizations to learn, for example, about nature conservation and about how environmental policies are designed and implemented in real contexts.

ESD Education

As part of its contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the University fully recognizes the vital role of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Education Faculty requires all of its students to take a course in environmental education and works with various local stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to promote ESD in the schools of Nagano Prefecture.

Sustainability Research

The University’s researchers are engaged in numerous sustainability projects, ranging from the use of satellite tracking to map the habitats of Black bears in Nagano Prefecture’s mountains and forests to the application of the patented Shindai crystal technology to develop innovative water filtration systems.