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Educational program for elementary school children to learn about the environment

[Image] Educational program for elementary school children to learn about the environment

As part of our environmental communication initiative, we worked with the Association of Corporation and Education, an NPO that specializes in developing classes together with companies, to start an educational program for elementary schoolchildren at the Toshiba Science Museum and in elementary schools in the Tokyo area for learning about the environment.

This program is designed to raise children's awareness about global warming, resource depletion, and other environmental issues that seriously affect people's lives. Meanwhile, we are introducing various scientific technologies that contribute to resolving such issues, thereby enabling elementary schoolchildren to think deeply about environmental issues and how to give back as members of society by taking action on their own.

This program's content is also in line with the elementary school curriculum guidelines and can be taught in classes for science studies, social studies, and general studies. The program places high priority on experiments, team activities, and active dialogue with teachers and provides opportunities for children to enjoyably learn about various initiatives and technologies developed to resolve environmental issues.

Our first program is a class about energy, which is entitled "What’s on the other side of a power outlet?" Classes are held on weekends and during long vacations at the Toshiba Science Museum and throughout the year in elementary schools. We plan to review environmental themes associated with domains related to Toshiba Group, including electronic devices and social infrastructure, for subsequent programs.

Toshiba Group plans to continue this series of programs to provide children who will support a sustainable society in the future with opportunities to think about what they can do at present and 10 and 20 years from now.

Program No.1: What's on the Other Side of the Power Outlet?

Students who participated in the program learned about the features of various methods for generating electricity, which is indispensable for our life, through experiments. They also developed an interest in considering how energy should be consumed in the future, including global warming-related issues and combined use of multiple energy sources.

[Image] Program No.1: What's on the Other Side of the Power Outlet?

[Image] NAssociation of Corporation and Education Shota Wada

Association of Corporation and Education
Shota Wada

Various educational programs are available about energy. However, there are not many classes on how to combine different power generation methods. Our aim was to enable children to understand the features of different power generation methods and think for themselves how to offset each method’s weaknesses.

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25th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

[Image] 25th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

On June 9 and 10, 2016, the 25th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition was held at Kawasaki City's Smart Community Center (Lazona Kawasaki Toshiba Building). Approximately 4,000 guests visited during the two days. At this year's Environmental Exhibition, we presented 45 examples of environmentally conscious products and services as well as manufacturing technologies that reduce environmental impacts in the areas of energy, social infrastructure, and storage, which are the major pillars of Toshiba Group's growth strategy. Also, since this year marked the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Exhibition, we displayed panels that showed Toshiba Group's environmental management and the Exhibition's history. We also created an area where visitors could send messages to Toshiba Group. In addition, we held a "BEMS tour" to introduce our building solutions as well as a briefing session for the press.

[Image] 25th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

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Environmental actions performed mainly by employees in countries around the world

Toshiba Group promotes environmental activities in collaboration with local communities to raise employees' environmental awareness and to foster a sense of togetherness. In FY2016 as well, various activities were performed mainly by employees in countries around the world, including cleaning, planting trees, organizing environmental events, and protecting rare species.

[Image] <Connecting site activities> Local environmental action at business and production sites worldwide

Future initiatives

In the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, which started in FY2017, we have set a theme for each fiscal year and carry out environmental activities worldwide in accordance with that theme. The theme for FY2017 is energy, and each business and production site is organizing activities such as energy-saving events and light reduction programs throughout the year. We aim to foster a sense of togetherness within Toshiba Group by developing activities based on a common theme and to raise employees' awareness about a wide range of environmental issues by changing the theme annually.

In 2018 and beyond, we plan to set themes related to issues that stimulate public interest, such as resources, water, and chemicals, thereby promoting environmental activities at our business and production sites around the globe. We share information on environmental programs inside the group to further develop our activities going forward.

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Case Study 1: Green curtain project

[Image] Green curtain project

Toshiba Corporation Komukai Complex (Japan)

We raise bitter gourd as green curtains, and held various events such as planting young plants, holding lectures, harvest festivals, serving meals using bitter gourd at the site's canteen to raise employees' environmental awareness.

Case Study 2: Saving energy contest

[Image] Saving energy contest

Toshiba International Corporation (U.S)

We held a contest to collect ideas for saving energy at work, in homes or in the communities from the employees. Approximately 100 ideas such as carpooling were submitted, and especially good ideas were awarded within the company.

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