Unveiling Ceremony for Okayama University Green Innovation Center Signboard
April 14, 2022
On April 12, Okayama University held a signboard unveiling ceremony for its newly established Green Innovation Center, which started operations on April 1. As an SDGs Promotion Research University, Okayama University envisions the center as a base for human resource development and technological development that supports regional revitalization and a carbon-neutral society.
President MAKINO Hirofumi and Executive Director for Promotion of Digital Transformation and newly appointed director of the Green Innovation Center ABE Masanobu opened the ceremony, with President Makino addressing those present with the following words of encouragement: "We hope that this center will contribute to the realization of regional revitalization, a carbon-neutral society, and the creation of a regional circular and ecological sphere by developing collaborative projects that transcend the boundaries of organizations and groups; for example, through the promotion of the wood construction and forestry industries and the support of digital transformation in regional businesses."
The signboard was unveiled by President Makino, Executive Director for Planning and General Affairs TAKAHASHI Kayo, Director Abe, Department Manager AYANO Toshiki and Department Manager NOGAMI Yoshio.
The center aims to provide technical support for the creation of an information infrastructure in the forestry industry in collaboration with the "wooden construction/forestry/timber supply chain sector", which is based in the northern part of the prefecture, in particular in Maniwa City (a designated SDGs Future City). Additionally, the center aims to develop a regional business model for the promotion of a zero-carbon society and the creation of a regional circular and ecological sphere with its two-department structure called "Green x Digital". The two departments are responsible for developing human resources capable of implementing digital transformation while remaining cognizant of the unique challenges in the Chu-shikoku region.
The signboard was made from Hinoki cypress grown in Maniwa and was provided by the Forestry, Timber, and Wooden Architecture Education and Research Committee (based in Maniwa) to commemorate the establishment of the Green Innovation Center.