"2022 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit" was held from April 6th to April 9th, 2022.


The Summit, hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network, is the premier annual gathering of higher education leaders dedicated to tackling inequality and the climate crisis. The purpose is to build conversations and partnerships towards a just, sustainable, prosperous and decarbonized society.


On the second day of the summit (April 7th), the Japan and US Bilateral Climate Coalition Workshop was held to discuss how Japanese and US higher education institutions are currently addressing climate change. A workshop was held to reach a common understanding on whether Japan is involved in accelerating countermeasures. From the Japanese side, the secretariat schools of each working group of the ``Universities Coalition to Contribute to Achieving Carbon Neutrality'' (hereinafter referred to as the Universities Coalition) attended. In addition, the secretariat of the International Collaboration and Cooperation Working Group of the Universities Coalition was involved in the planning of this workshop, and Professor Taro Yamauchi of our university's Faculty of Health Sciences / Center for Environmental and Health Sciences with representatives from the U.S. side. I served as moderator together with Deputy Director Taniguchi of the Institute for Global Environmental Studies.


At the workshop, information was exchanged in four areas: "Campus Carbon Neutrality," "Community Carbon Neutrality," "Innovation for Carbon Neutrality," and "Climate Change Literacy." It is hoped that this workshop will lead to continued bilateral discussions in various fields between Japan and the United States.


Right: Professor Taro Yamauchi (Faculty of Health Sciences / Center for Environmental and Health Sciences) acting as moderator


* University coalition contributing to carbon neutrality

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of the Environment, the Ordinance is a forum for information sharing and dissemination by universities and other institutions that are actively working toward carbon neutrality or considering strengthening their efforts. Established on July 29, 2015. As of 2020, 192 national, public and private universities, inter-university research institutes, colleges of technology, researchinstitutions, etc. are participating.