Approaches to Environmental Education

Environmental Literacy Education for a Sustainable Society

Toyama Prefectural University (TPU) seeks those who want to expand their range of vision, ethical sense of environment, and environmental literacy for a sustainable society. TPU offers an educational program to ensure that all university graduates are environmentally literate and have awareness and understanding to be ecologically responsible citizens.

This program features:

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 in Toyama Prefecture.


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


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


Experience-based programs including eco-tours and campus field activities, and eco-point systems to encourage students to learn independently.

Through this educational approach, TPU will cultivate future engineers who will create environmentally-friendly technologies to support a sustainable society. In addition, we bring into focus environmental education that offers a unique educational experience.

Educational program for first year students and second year students


Experience-based program; Eco-tour

Students learn about nature, history and activities related to environmental problems in Toyama Prefecture through the experience of site visits. In recent years, students have visited the Murodo area in Chubusangaku National Park to learn about efforts to eradicate invasive species.


Integrated subjects; Environmentology I ・ II

Environmentology I and II introduce natural science and social science/technological aspects of environmental problems.


Participation / action-based program; campus field activities

Students participate in improvement activities of environmental problems on campus.


Educational program for third year students and fourth year students


Specialized subjects on the environment

These subjects include Environmental Management, Life Cycle Assessment, Green Chemistry, and related subjects.


Special lectures on environmental issues

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

Eco-point system

Students are given eco-points as an index of the achievement of environmental education depending on their degree. The university’s original titles including “Environment Meister” and “Eco-student” are given to students who have acquired these points systematically.

Eco-point system

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 its Center of Community (COC) Program. Since then, 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 Enhancement of local attractiveness
(2) Contribution to a sustainable society
(3) Contribution to a super-aging society
(4) Community safety and security
(5) Fostering an interest in science and technology among children


Seminar courses are conducted in small group settings as community-oriented and categorize such courses as “Community cooperation courses” that focus on developing students’ communication and observation skills for solving local issues.

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


Students are encouraged to actively participate in research studies focusing 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 organization and participation of the Da Vinci Festival science event for children.

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

Social contribution

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