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.
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At a Glance
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of waste recycled in 2019
of students have an interest in environmental protection
Student Environmental Committee members
of undergraduate students commute to the university without a car
Sustainability-related academic subjects
Eco-bags are distributed to all first-year students from the Student Environmental Committee
Eco-Mind Program allows students to learn about nature conservation in the field and environmental policies at local companies and organizations
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.
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.
In its pursuit of its educational and research goals, the University strives at all times to remain mindful of the rich, natural environment which surrounds it. We are committed to raising our students' awareness of environmental issues, to improving our environmental management systems and to reducing pollution.
The history of the University's environmental initiatives dates back to 1998 with the establishment of the Environmental Science & Technology Department. Between 2001 and 2010, we worked continuously to extend ISO 14001 certification to all of the University's eight faculties on all five campuses. And since 2005, the University has been sending researchers and students overseas to gain expertise in environmental management.