Our aim is to support the realization of a university that nurtures global citizens who understand sustainability and go beyond by putting knowledge into practice to enrich and transform lives now and for future generations. Please keep in mind that the term “practice” is at the core of our vision.
The mission statements stipulate more specific measures to achieve this vision. They are divided into five areas: research, courses, on-campus initiatives beyond classrooms and laboratories, minimization of our environmental impacts, and public engagement. The underlying concept here is to promote sustainability as an organizational culture and to utilize our campus as a model of a sustainable society.
UTokyo Sustainable Network consists mainly of the members of four sustainability-related student organizations: TSCP Student Committee, Kankyo Sanshiro, ECHO, and Climate Action UT. This network is the first initiative which actively promotes the alliance of these organizations. This organization also has collaborative projects with students from the GLP-GEfIL program and Bizjapan.
Alongside the day-to-day work of project teams and working groups, as a Network, UTokyo Sustainable Network push for the realization of four main agenda items (comprehensive sustainability strategy, UTokyo sustainability fund, sustainability literacy, and roundtable) through formal proposals, presentations, and meetings with faculty and administrative staff members.
Established during COVID
Our works are divided into working groups (described in the administration section) and project teams. Please check our website for further information.
The running projects teams are as follows:
Installing water servers across UTokyo campuses is a pioneer project of the this Network. This truly interdisciplinary project highlights the need for and role of the UTokyo Sustainable Network to increase collaboration across different groups on campus.
This project has three objectives:
- Reduce the consumption of single-use beverage containers and straws
- Raise environmental awareness among students to encourage sustainable lifestyle changes.
- Improve campus community welfare and convenience.
Plant Based Food:
“Plant-based” means that the product is based on materials of vegetable origin.
Our main goal is to spread awareness about plant-based foods and make it easier for people to incorporate plant-based diets into their lifestyles. UTokyo Sustainable Network is currently collaborating with VegeProject Japan and the Co-op cafeteria.
This project intends to:
- Spread awareness about plant-based foods by hosting online lecture series
- Develop and introduce plant-based options at the Co-op cafeteria
"KOMABATAKE", the Komaba community garden is a collaborative project initiated by a student circle ECHO to revamp the greenhouse in the Komaba I Campus as a student-led community garden.
This project intends to:
- Learn about how to and grow organic produce in line with sustainable farming practices
- Provide an opportunity for Japanese and International students to interact doing hands-on farming
- Increase student engagement in sustainable on-campus activities
Sustainability Week is a university-wide initiative to hold various sustainability-related events over a period of 1-2 weeks. Many universities around the world have hosted this event.
UTokyo Sustainable Network aim to have various organizations and companies from inside and outside of the UTokyo participate in this event.
This project has the following objectives:
- Raise environmental awareness among students, faculty, and administrative staff.
- Raise awareness of the UTokyo Sustainable Network.
- Create an opportunity for new collaborative creation.
- Recruit students who are interested in sustainability.
Activities of the alumni
Relatively new organisation, thus do not have information regarding this topic.