Fujimigaoka Educational Institute is a private girls’ school, located in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The school was founded in 1940. A new school building, completed in the year 2000, gives students various opportunities to understand environmentally considerate ways of living. For example, filtered rainwater is used in the washrooms and all the toilet rolls they use come from recycled waste paper collected in the school.
The Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) prompted the school to set up a project team, whose goal is to arouse students’ interest in a “sustainable society”. The project team, namely the eco-activity committee, consists of seven student leaders (Grade 9 – Grade 11), with the support of three teachers.
The school train its students to become efficient eco-activity leaders, through these three activities.
(1) Compost activity: A school and community-involved project where various rubbish materials are converted to compost.
(2) Global Environment Meetings: After conducting web meetings with sister schools, Fujimigaoka Educational Institute issues a report on each nation’s approach to the problem. The school aims to hold a “2015 Global Environment Meeting”.
(3) A “Global Environment Library”: DVDs on environmental problems are collected in the library for further study on next-generation energy.