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  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer
  • Program Sponsor: The GREEN Program 
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Non-VT
Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Forestry, Geography, Geology, International Business, International Relations, Japanese, Physics, Political Science, Service Learning, Social Work Housing Options: Dorm/Residence
Program Description:
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The GREEN Program (TGP) is an award winning experiential education program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students, by students, TGP has introduced a new model for education abroad driven by a desire to provide purposeful, hands-on industry exposure at a fraction of the time and cost of semester-long abroad programs. Join The GREEN Program as we explore origins of this historic nuclear disaster and discover Fukushima’s newest frontiers as they take on a renewable energy future. On March 11, 2011, Fukushima, Japan was hit by Tohoku's 9.0 magnitude earthquake in addition to a massive tsunami with waves more than 10 meters high. As a result, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant led to three nuclear meltdowns, hydrogen-air chemical explosions, and the release of radioactive material. Leaving more than 160,000 refugees displace from their homes, the effects of Fukushima Daiichi sent waves of concern across the international nuclear industry. Classified as a Level 7 event by the International Nuclear Event Scale, this event was home to one of the world’s largest nuclear disasters.

Nearly three years after the accident, the province of Fukushima has pledged to be sourced by 100% renewable sources by 2040. Today, Fukushima is making strides toward accomplishing this renewable future through solar and off-shore wind initiatives. With a government that remains pro-nuclear, Fukushima's Climate and Energy Department of the World Future Council hopes to set an example for other regions in Japan to follow. 

Watch a video on the mission and model of TGP here

Student reviews can be found here

Academics
All TGP programs are accredited by a university partner in country, and students receive a credit bearing transcript after completion of the program. Our Japan program offers an intensive course offered in partnership with The GREEN Program and the National Institute of Technology's Fukushima College. For a full syllabus please email a member of the TGP team at amanda@thegreenprogram.com.

Classes include but are not limited to:

1) Disaster Rehabilitation & Nuclear Safety, Decommissioning:
This course provides knowledge of the disaster in 2011 and 2017 status. Several important projects have been done for environmental recovery, support for evacuees, new infrastructure, health of citizens, inviting new industries. The disaster mitigation and reconstruction processes will be reviewed thorough Fukushima case studies. Decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi NPP is one of the biggest challenges and it questions energy resource options for the future generation. This course provides a set of foundational knowledges on nuclear power generation, an overview of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident. The challenging problems and measures which had taken and will be taken future are presented.

The objective of this course is understanding the importance of disaster mitigation, the challenges in local community recovery after a severe disaster. In addition, nuclear safety has been discussed with the case study of Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident.

Learning Outcomes
Gain a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy development in Japan.
Attain a clear grasp of cost analyses and environmental impact of renewable energy production facilities in historical, present and future context.
Develop skills to evaluate energy sources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.
Observe Japan’s energy policies, natural resource legislation, and other legislative controls impacting the production and sale of electricity in the nation.
Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to commercial energy production, transmission, management and legislation.
Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry relationships.
Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of renewable energy and sustainability.
Gain a critical global perspective demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities.

2) Renewable Energy:
Japanese industry had been relied on nuclear power generation since the East Japan Great Earthquake in 2011. The following Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident had brought a nationwide debate on restarting nuclear power plants. Among many municipalities, Fukushima prefecture announced its energy shift from nuclear to renewable to progress reconstruction and sustainable development in future. Fukushima has promoting the implementation of renewable energy with one of the most advanced renewable energy research center, Fukushima Renewable Energy Research Institute, AIST. This course provides wide knowledge of cut-to-edge renewable energy technologies, energy policies in Japan and its implementation especially, in Fukushima. The course consists of lectures and site-visits including Fukushima Renewable Energy Research Institute, wind and solar power farms, and hydro-power generation center.

The objective of this course is understanding the various renewable energy technologies and its challenges towards implementation.

Learning Outcomes
Gain a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy development in Japan.
Attain a clear grasp of cost analyses and environmental impact of renewable energy production facilities in historical, present and future context.
Develop skills to evaluate energy sources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.
Observe Japan’s energy policies, natural resource legislation, and other legislative controls impacting the production and sale of electricity in the nation.
Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to commercial energy production, transmission, management and legislation.
Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry relationships.
Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of renewable energy and sustainability.
Gain a critical global perspective demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities.

(*Please note that classes are subject to be updated)

Program Fee
Students will pay a program fee directly to The GREEN Program. More information on pricing can be found here. Program fees include:
Academic class work and accompanying credit
Exclusive industry access and facility tours
Local adventure and cultural excursions led by professional guides including hiking, traditional Japanese tea ceremony, samurai school and archery lessons, calligraphy class, local festivals, and more
All housing in local accommodations
In-country transportation
All meals, locally prepared 
Private guides and staff for the duration of the program
Online educational modules
Alumni Network Membership
Access to Alumni Reunions as well as other career-related events

Our program fee does not include:
Round trip airfare to and from Tokyo, Japan
International travel health coverage (potentially provided by your abroad office)
Discretionary spending for snack and souvenirs

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/15/2020
02/15/2020 05/17/2020 05/26/2020
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 09/15/2020 TBA TBA

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