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2 1 A welcoming introduction to the environment management system Eco-Action 21 at YPU with Mottainai-mind as its background by Prof. Yuji ANKEI (Sc. D.) Learn Mottainai in Yamaguchi. Aprende Mottainai en Yamaguchi.

3 2 Mottainai as an international word Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, tried to seek out zn equivalent word for “ Mottainai ” in other languages, but in vain. No single word was found that includes the mind of respect and love for things and that means the concept of “ Reduce (consumption), Reuse, Recycle, Repair ”. So she uses the word “ Mottainai ” itself as an international lexicon. ( After Wikipedia)

4 3 Mottainai = wasteful? Mottai + nai = lack or neglect of mottai Mottai = Due respect for the inherent, irreplaceable value in a thing or a person. Mottainai is somewhat a religious term to refer to abuses against the animistic cosmology of traditional Japan →Bachi = Punishment from deities (not a simple bad luck) Cf. Mottaiburu, Mottai wo tsukeru = to give excessive value to small things

5 4 Examples Treading the earth with too big an ecological footprint is mottainai = not sustainable. If all humankind prefered to live like an average Japanese, we ’ d need at least another globe to sustain us. ISO is mottainai as an EMS for the scale of YPU.= too expensive Throwing away still recyclable materials is mottainai.= inappropriate because they need proper sorting.

6 5 What is ecological footprint? The phrase "ecological footprint" is a metaphor used to depict the amount of land and water area a human population would hypothetically need to provide the resources required to support itself and to absorb its wastes, given prevailing technology. The term was first coined in 1992 by Canadian ecologist William Rees From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

7 6 Ecological footprint of the nations Source:

8 7 "There is enough for everybody's need, but not enough for anybody's greed," said Gandhi.

9 8 Why Environmental Management System (EMS)? Safe working environment Legal compliance Reduced waste Pollution prevention Competitive advantage in research Enhanced internal management efficiency Incentives for Environmental Stewardship YPU is the first university in Japan to adopt EA21 certified EMS of the Ministry of Environment

10 9 EMS Model (PDCA cycle) Environmental Policy Planning Implementation Checking & Corrective action Management Review by Chancellor Continual Improvement

11 10 EA21 (Eco Action 21) Specification standard for EMS, similar to the international ISO Contains only those requirements that may be audited for certification Provides framework for EMS and based on Deming ’ s Model of Management Plan-Do-Check-Act EA21 was created in Japan for small-scale offices and companies (since Nov. 2004)

12 11 Benefits Create a safe working environment Enhance career opportunities Resume enhancing Grab research grants Audit the Management system

13 12 Students ’ role and responsibility Students are the most important members of YPU as we aim at a Mottainai campus. Understand our Environmental Policy. Follow established work procedures, and try yourself to make them more fruitful. Join environmental activities directed by the student committee.

14 13 Environmental targets for 2006 Reduce electricity consumption (minus 5%) Reduce paper use (minus 3%) Reduce water use (minus 3%) Properly sort all the trash (100%) Reduce trash (minus 3%) Park cars and bicycles in designated parking areas only (100% by 2009)

15 14 Where to throw away this waste? A practical manual on and off the campus

16 15 Sorting trash boxes made by YPU students ← おたすけ ばこ “ Help me ” trash box for poor sorters.

17 16 Acknowlegments EA21 committee of YPU provided me with the basic information. This presentation was partly adopted from the following webpage: campus.umr.edu/ems/Whats_New/New sletter/Mani-Ems.ppt written by Mani Balakrishnan (M.S. Environmental Engineering-UMR) Prof Marylin Higgins of YPU polished the text.


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