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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Nursery school wins 2006 Kyoto Environmental Award

June 20, 2007

The awards were created in 2003 to honour citizens and companies in Kyoto City that act to conserve the environment.

Omiya Nursery School has an active environmental education program that has included equipping the school with a photovoltaic power plant and a rainwater tank; they also grow vegetables in the school garden.  It has organized school events such as a bazaar and a summer festival with a waste reduction theme.  Specifically, it encouraged event participants to carry their own chopsticks and food containers, prompted the use of reusable tableware, and offered only edible ice cream cones, etc. at its food and drink stand.

Fossil fuel based power are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Green power from renewable energy sources emit no or low greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Green power can include electricity generated exclusively from renewable resources including wind, hydro-electric or solar power – or electricity produced from a combination of fossil and renewable resources. For more information on the generation and use of green power at the local level, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Kyoto City is one of 21 local governments in Japan that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Japan, please visit www.iclei.org/japan.

Source:  “Photovoltaic power plants proliferate in Kyoto”, Japan for Sustainability, 15 June 2007, and “Nursery school wins 2006 Kyoto Environmental Award”, Japan for Sustainability, 7 June 2007.

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