National Institute of Technology, Independent Administrative Institution Kagoshima National College of Technology holds lifelong learning course in collaboration with university and board of education Learn case studies of SDGs promotion in Kagoshima
SDGs 17 chapters to change the world from the region to me New Life College Kirishima “Hayato Studies”
Kagoshima National College of Technology (Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Principal: Shozo Himuro, hereinafter referred to as “Kagoshima College of Technology”), together with Shigakukan University (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture) and the Kirishima City Board of Education (Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture), has established a collaborative course New Life College Kirishima “Hayato Gaku” (9th) was held on Saturday, January 14, 2023. The main theme of this course is SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
In this course, Ms. Akane Yasukawa, Manager of the SDGs Promotion Office of Shiroyama Kanko Co., Ltd., served as a lecturer, and gave a lecture titled “SDGs at SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima, a challenge for everyone to participate.” In the lecture, various examples of efforts to address the four issues faced by hotels (food loss, CO2 reduction, environmental conservation, and elimination of plastic) were introduced. The participants listened intently to the lecture asking how they perceive the SDGs in their daily lives and how they should act.
Overview of initiatives for SDGs
What is New Life College Kirishima “Hayato Studies”?
New Life College Kirishima “Hayato Gaku” is a lifelong learning course held by Kagoshima National College of Technology in cooperation with Shigakukan University and the Kirishima City Board of Education. This course, which has been held since 2000, has a different theme every year. The theme that will be taken up this time is regional studies, which explores and learns about our region from the broad and multifaceted perspectives of Southern Kyushu, utilizes it to live and develop in the region more prosperously, and connects it to the future.
The 4th year of Reiwa will be titled “17 chapters (part 2) that will change me and the world from the region”. I’m going to learn that it’s also connected to change.
Reiwa 4th 9th New Life College Kirishima “Hayato Studies” Contents In September 2015, the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” were adopted unanimously by member countries at the United Nations Summit. The Sustainable Development Goals are international goals that aim for a sustainable and better world by 2030. Consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets, based on the concept of SDGs, which is known by the keyword “leave no one behind” on earth, many countries and companies are currently working on various initiatives. going. This time, Ms. Akane Yasukawa from Shiroyama Kanko Co., Ltd. gave a lecture and introduced the efforts of Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima to achieve the SDGs goals. In promoting the SDGs, most organizations have problems such as “not reaching the end employees”, “don’t know what to start with”, and “only some people are working on it”. It is said that there is In order to clear up these problems, Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima held workshops and intensive training camps to share the awareness of “sharing a sense of crisis,” “taking SDGs as personal matters,” “importance of dialogue,” and “participation by all employees.” said to have been involved in activities.
As a specific example, the SDGs AWARD, a contest in which all employees and all departments in the company participate, was introduced. This activity evaluates and awards the SDGs activities that each team worked on throughout the year from the perspective of originality, foresight, sustainability, and teamwork. The following are examples of actual initiatives.
1. “Reduce food loss”
An initiative to freeze and store bread that is scheduled to be discarded and provide it to facilities through the children’s cafeteria network.
2. “Happiness, love and smiles to everyone in the country”
An initiative aimed at actively using non-standard fruits. Attempts were made to recycle raw garbage (cultivating mint for cocktails instead of using it as fertilizer) and selling SDGs cocktails (using cultivated mint and selling sustainable cocktails).
3. “# Let’s tell it”
Initiatives aimed at improving motivation and job satisfaction within the company. In a company with a large number of staff, there are many staff who do not have the opportunity to speak, and there tends to be no environment for direct praise or a place to express gratitude. Therefore, we created an environment where it is easy to post opinions, such as an electronic bulletin board, and praise each other. As a result, there were more smiles in the workplace, which led to improved motivation and job satisfaction.
These activities have not only improved the morale of the staff, but have also created an innovative corporate culture that challenges problem-solving from new perspectives that have not existed before. Participants of this course commented, “I think it was an opportunity to reconsider my daily life. I want to start with things that are close to me.” We would like to write down what we can do and put it into practice.” “I would like to seriously think about sustainable efforts by ourselves (family / community).” After the lecture, there was a question and answer session, and it was a very meaningful lecture.
Lecturer: Akane Yasukawa
Akane Yasukawa SDGs Promotion Office Manager
Born in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture. He started researching Takamori Saigo on his own, visited Kagoshima once every six months for research and visited his grave, and moved to Kagoshima at the age of 27. Served as the youngest councilor of the Saigo Nanshu Honoring Society (term ended in March 2012). Currently, Shiroyama Kanko Co., Ltd. SDGs Promotion Office Manager and Human Resources Development Department Manager. In addition, while being in charge of hotel events as a sommelier, he gives lectures and workshops on SDGs and Takamori Saigo at the request of companies, schools, and local governments. About Kagoshima National College of Technology
Kagoshima College of Technology
School name: Kagoshima National College of Technology, National Institute of Technology, Independent Administrative Institution Location: 1460-1 Masako, Hayatocho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture Principal: Shozo Himuro
Established: April 1963
・Cultivate development-oriented engineers who can cultivate a wide range of humanity and create a prosperous future.
・Conduct necessary research in order to keep educational content in line with academic progress and to develop practical skills. Basic Policy for Local Contribution
(1) Strive to understand the issues faced by local communities and local industries, and promote initiatives that are needed by the local community and activities that bring fruitful results to the local community.
(2) Establish an organization to collectively promote
industry-academia-government collaboration activities and technology development support for local companies and institutions.
(3) Faculty members and students, as members of the local community, strive to cooperate with local residents, organizations, local governments, other educational institutions, etc., and strive to coexist with the local community.
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