Approaches to Environmental Education

Environmental Literacy Education for a Sustainable Society

Toyama Prefectural University (TPU) seeks those who would like to expand their vision, ethical sense about the environment, and environmental literacy for developing a sustainable society. TPU offers an educational program to ensure that all university graduates are environmentally literate and have the awareness and understanding to function as ecologically responsible citizens.


The program features:
(1)

Advantages of local resources such as, protecting natural settings and historical experiences from devastating environmental pollution in the 1970s to present day global environmental problems being faced in Toyama Prefecture.

(2)

Feasibility of conducting environmental educational programs in all departments at a small scale university such as TPU.

(3)

Systematic and integrated educational programs from introduction to a specific major.

Through this educational approach, TPU intends to foster future engineers who will create environment friendly technologies to support a sustainable society. In addition, the university focuses on environmental education that offers a unique educational experience.


Educational program

(1)

Experience-based program, Eco-tour

Students learn about nature, history, and activities related to environmental problems in Toyama Prefecture through site visits.

(2)

Integrated subjects, Environmental Science I ・ II

Environmental Science I and II introduce natural science and social science or technological aspects of environmental problems.


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(3)

Specialized subjects on the environment

These subjects include environmental management, life cycle assessment, green chemistry, and related subjects.

(4)

Special lectures on environmental issues

Students learn about the latest environmental problems and other environmental issues by interacting with front-line researchers and managers.


Center of Community (COC) Program

In August 2013, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) selected a project proposed by Toyama Prefectural University (TPU) for the Center of Community (COC) Program. From that time onwards, TPU has made university-wide efforts to promote community-oriented education, research, and social contribution.

TPU focuses on the following themes:

(1) Revitalization of local industry and enhancing local attractiveness
(2) Contribution toward a sustainable society
(3) Contribution toward a super-aging society
(4) Community safety and security
(5) Fostering an interest in science and technology among children

Education

Seminar courses are conducted in small group settings. These community-oriented courses are categorized as “community cooperation courses” that focus on developing the communication and observation skills of students to solve local issues.

Student initiative activities are supported through “active learning cooperation space” and a student-led group, “COCOS” that aims to solve local issues.



Research

Students are encouraged to actively participate in research studies that focus on local issues.



Social Contribution

“Step Up” seminars are human resource development seminars for young engineers at local companies.

Open courses for the public encourage lifelong learning.

Students are encouraged to assist in the Da Vinci Festival science event for children.

Students are encouraged to assist in the organization of clubs or circles dedicated to environmental preservation activities and science events for elementary and junior high school students.



Social Contribution

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