The Renewable Society is the concept of a society in which human activities are sustainable and there is no risk of ruin. This has been presented as an alternative to ‘a society of mass production, mass consumption, mass waste’ in which the environment deteriorates, resources are becoming exhausted and waste products accumulate for eventual collapse.
It is named based on the process of recycling and re-using resources – production → consumption → disposal (dealing with waste) → re-use → production. This is achieved firstly by products that generate less waste. Second, any waste products must be used appropriately as a new resource where possible, and lastly anything that cannot be used must be always appropriately disposed of.
In other words, it is ‘a society in which the consumption of natural resources is kept in check and the burden on the environment is reduced’ thus the concept diagram at right shows what a renewable society should look like.
Here at the University we believe that after education and research, our ‘third mission’ is to contribute to society. This ‘societal contribution’ is a relatively direct contribution through public lectures and using research results for commercialization or technology transfer, and industry-academia cooperation is one form of this. Industry-academia cooperation is a link between sectors with differing purposes/roles, and when in motion, it is important for both parties to understand and respect each others’ purpose/role, while achieving mutually complementary cooperation that can contribute to the enlivenment of both parties. The University is an important sector for linkages, and it plays an important role providing the platform to do so.
Industry-Academia cooperation involves related sectors understanding each other’s roles and objectives, and by coming together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There are various forms, however as a typical example, in the three years between 2009-2011 the Prefectural University was the representative organization, with companies from the prefecture, Kanazawa University, prefectural public testing institutes and the Ishikawa Sunrise Industries Creation Organization (ISICO) joining together to work on MEXT’s Regional Innovation Strategy Support Program / City Area Type (General, Ishikawa Prefecture Central/Northern Area).
The Scientific Cooperation Center for Industry Academia and Government was established on the 1st of April 2007 for the purpose of strengthening (and promoting) cooperation with the local community and local companies, and it aims to promote industry-academia- government cooperation and contributions to the local community.
The Ishikawa University Cooperation Business Incubator i-BIRD, neighboring the Research Institute for Bioresources and Biotechnology at Ishikawa Prefectural University, was opened on the 1st of September 2006 by the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN (SME Support, Japan).
At Ishikawa Prefectural University, we hold public seminars aimed at local citizens, at which there have been a number of participants from the Prefecture. Our aim is to take the latest academic information from our specialist fields and present it in an easy-to-understand format.
Recent seminars have been held under the general titles of ‘A healthy and delicious diet with the best rice, vegetables, fruit, milk and meat from Hokuriku’ (Dept of Bioproduction Science), ‘Creating a Global Environment for the Future’ (Dept of Environmental Science), ‘The pleasure of eating’ (Dept of Food Science), ‘Thoughts on children’s growth’ (Liberal Arts Education Center), and ‘Bio and the Environment for Everyone’ (Research Institute for Bioresources and Biotechnology).