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実現を目指して of Environmentally Sustainable SocietyIn 2007, the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering (WEEE) was established through reorganiza- tion of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (majors in Environment and Energy Engi-neering). With the inherited academic/research assets, WEEE sets its mission to develop them further for new innovations. In cooperation with Waseda University En-vironmental Research Institute, a research organization for the univer- sity, WEEE also aspires to actively pursue various activi- ties with our students to "develop, trans-fer, and achieve the expertise and wisdom".The academic/research domain WEEE has been explor- ing is summarized as "various initiatives to develop a sustainable society". There are many issues to consider for a sustainable society, such as economy, ecology, and equity. Our academic/research domain deals with these issues with three keywords, "Environment", "Energy", and "Resources".Many different kinds of human activities have been caus-ing various environmental problems as the end/re- sult of social economic activities, and reversely, these environ-mental problems are closely connected to the resource and energy issues as the start/source of such economic activities. "Environment" and "energy and resources" are very deeply interrelated.There are three other important aspects for the environ- mental, energy and resource issues, Scope (individuals, regions, Japan, Asia, and the world etc.), Time (histories of population, negative legacy, current and future gener- ations etc.), and Quality (human lives and urban cities, manufactured goods and nature, social/economic system and environment, agricultural/forestry/fishery industries and manufacturing/commercial industries etc.). While adopting these three aspects, WEEE is committed to pursue leading research and education not only for the current issues in Japan, but also for the future genera-tions and also to support citizens in devel- oping coun-tries for better health/living conditions. This is exactly where global and future-oriented approach is significant for the environmental, resource and energyissues. On the other hand, however, it is not practical to develop approaches and measures irrelevant to national and local industrial structures, cultures, and lifestyles. For these apparently conflicting requirements, Waseda University can avail its "Glocal" (global & local) perspec- tive, which was declared when it stepped out into its second phase of its history.Various environmental, resource, and energy issues sur-rounding us now and in future will not be resolved simply by depending on some particular parties. Rather, we believe it essential that all concerned parties in the private, industrial, and public sectors are united under a philosophy of symbiotic creation, as it enables to fully participate, discuss, consider, and share the future goals and to actively engage in their own initiatives and actions for these goals. Meanwhile, turning our eyes into the academic sphere, we consider it necessary to take a comprehensive approach by collaborating and combin- ing with many different academic fields. It is also import- ant to encourage industrial and public sectors and general citizens to participate in our initiatives to realize these goals. Such comprehensive development, there- fore, should be built upon full use of expertise and wisdom in science and engineering in relation to human- ities, soci-ety, nature and technologies. Established as a compre-hensive university with the philosophies of "prac- tical utilization of knowledge" and "anti-elitist philoso- phy", Waseda University aspires to be a strong leader in this field.Under these philosophies and approaches, as a "univer- sity open to all people" and "university with pioneering spirits", we will continue our endeavor to collaborate with many students, parties and organizations con-cerned, and to promote practical research, educa- tion and social contribution based on the "principles to respect fieldwork, obtained results, and reality". We wel-come students with expectations and aspirations for this study and research.2

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