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4th International Symposium for Sustainable Campuses

Kyoto University's fourth International Symposium for Sustainable Campuses, scheduled for Monday 27 February, is themed "A firm pivot and a broad expanse of consciousness and action can advance campus sustainability: Developing wisdom from all ages and cultures like unfolding a fan".

There is a great diversity in the types of campus sustainability efforts being carried out around the world, ranging in approach from "smart" to "vernacular", the former focused on building "smart" campuses using advanced technologies, and the latter on reducing environmental impact through traditional or indigenous means. Despite their differences, however, all of these initiatives share the same goal -- making universities more sustainable. The present symposium's overall theme highlights this, likening the diversity of approaches to an unfolded paper fan (the expanse) and the shared goal to such a fan's pivot point.

The event features a keynote address by Mr Mahesh Pradhan of the United Nations Environment Programme, providing a comprehensive overview of past and present campus sustainability efforts. This will be followed by a panel discussion, in which representatives of "smart" and "vernacular" initiatives will present case reports and explore ways to integrate these and other approaches to realize a sustainable campus at Kyoto University.

All those interested are welcome to attend.
  • Monday 27 February 2017
Time 13:30-17:15
Place International Science Innovation Building, Kyoto University Yoshida Campus
Intended for All
Max attendees 200 (advance registration required)

Moderator: Kozo Iwata (Director, Office for a Sustainable Campus, Environmental Safety and Health Division, Facilities Department, Kyoto University)


Opening remarks

Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University)


Guest speech

Masao Yamasaki (Deputy Director General, Department of Facilities Planning and Administration, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT))


Guest speech

Yasushi Nagami (Director, Office of Environmental Education, Environmental Policy Bureau, Ministry of the Environment)


Aims of the symposium

Naoki Sato (Executive Vice-President for Finance, Facilities, and Environmental Health and Safety, Kyoto University)


Keynote speech

Mahesh Pradhan (Programme Officer, Knowledge Management and Partnerships, International Environmental Technology Center (IETC), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP))


Student presentations


Break (poster presentations)


Panel discussion


  • Misuzu Asari (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)


  • Mahesh Pradhan (ditto)

  • Haruo Ishi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aichi University of the Arts)

  • Yoshiyuki Shimoda (Vice Director, Department of Environment and Energy Management, Osaka University/Professor, Department of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Osaka University)

  • Megumi Hata (President, The Hata Housing)

  • Masaaki Bannai (Director, Center for Smart Campus, Mie University/Professor, Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies, Mie University)


Closing remarks

Koichiro Oshima (Director-General, Health, Safety, and Environment Organization, Kyoto University)



Fee Free of charge (except for the reception)
Registration Register online via:
Registration deadline Friday 17 February 2017
Inquiries Office for a Sustainable Campus Environment, Safety and Health Division, Facilities Department, Kyoto University
Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 JAPAN
Phone: 075-753-2365 Fax: 075-753-2355
Email: kankyo-sustainable-campus* (Please replace * with @)