The Second Asian Conference on Education for Sustainability

The KKR Hotel Hiroshima
March 22-24, 2015
Hiroshima, Japan

All presenters must register by Monday, March 9, 2015 to be included in the Schedule.

ACES 2015 will be held at the KKR Hotel Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan
March 22-24, 2015

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ACES 2015 Welcome

Today’s sustainability challenges require a holistic perspective that embraces the critical relationship between the classroom and community service. This is evident as human communities as well as their diverse biological and cultural heritage are increasingly threatened by mounting environmental and societal problems from climate change and exploitation of finite resources to the inequities and human costs of unsustainable practices and technologies.

Progress on these issues is often further complicated by the contemporary hegemonic mind-set of the status quo, resulting in complacency, inactivity and the general perception of individual futility. This is particularly pronounced in many developing countries in Asia in which the focus on economic growth at the expense of the environment and the failure to recognize the inextricable link between these sustainable domains are commonplace. That is why educators play a pivotal role in understanding, challenging and altering such destructive and unsustainable courses. By examining and interpreting humans’ beliefs about their relationship to nature and intertwining this knowledge and policies across the disciplines, educators can broaden our understanding of sustainability and forge new sustainable paths.

Our shared biosphere and rapid globalization ensure no country is immune from another country’s problems and risks, which means a collective and multidisciplinary approach is essential for integrating environmental and cultural sustainability. As education and sustainability cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines.

The three-day, international, peer-reviewed conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for educators, academics, researchers, administrators, activists, students and professionals. With the theme of Educating for the Future, the conference will promote a critical understanding of the innovative and organic approaches from education toward sustainability.

Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the Proceedings (ISSN 2188-6997). Oral, poster and virtual presenters shall be included in the Proceedings.

Abstracts must be submitted through our online system. The conference will focus on the following topic areas:

Education Tracks:

  • Administration and Policy
  • Adult Education
  • Advising and Counseling
  • Art and Music Education
  • Business Education
  • Curriculum, Research and Development
  • Distance Education and E-learning
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Technology and ICT
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Enrollment Management
  • Health, Sex and Physical Education
  • Higher Education and Further Education
  • Indigenous and Rural Education
  • Leadership
  • Math Education
  • Professional Development
  • Science Education
  • Secondary (Junior, Senior) Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education
  • Student Services
  • Teacher Education

Special ACES Topics:

  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Higher Education Sustainability
  • Home Education (Homeschooling)
  • Human Rights Education

Conference Featured Speaker

 Professor Alan Brady Alan Brady, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan


Dr. Alan Brady is a full-time professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kansai, Japan and has worked there in the Sociology Faculty since 1991. He has lived and worked In Japan for over 40 years. His main research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability. language education policy, planning, and practices at university in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship thru integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.

Program Director

Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
Special Programs Director, ESD Focus, The PRESDA Foundation of Japan
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan


Professor Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for ESD Focus, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. He has worked in curriculum design roles with YMB, ETS and CIEE. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development, oceanography and overfishing. Presently, he is involved with a private research center that tracks data and implements nationwide TOEIC examinations.  In his free time, he is an avid aquarist and maintains a sixteen-hundred liter, aquascaped saltwater aquarium. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and overfishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.

Publication Editor

Professor John Latzo 1 John Latzo
Professor, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea


Professor John Latzo is an English language educator who taught in Eastern Europe in the mid-90s before working with the immigrant population in the USA for several years, and since 2001 has lived and worked in Asia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education/Mathematics from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania and an advance degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His professional interests revolve around English education and sustainability, particularly its global academic applications and policies. He currently resides in South Korea, where he teaches in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at POSTECH.

Host Organizer

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Board of Directors, Chairperson
The PRESDA Foundation, Japan


Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community.

Mr Yamada also serves on the Rotary Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr Yamada was appointed to serve on the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme in Japan.

Special Adviser

John Stayton John Stayton
Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs
Sonoma State University, USA

After fifteen years in the field of high technology industrial marketing, John desired to leverage his business background by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he co-founded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA. The GreenMBA at Dominican University of California is a rigorous two-year program that transforms students’ abilities to advance environmental and social initiatives in any type of organization. In 2013, John became the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs.


ACES 2015 affiliates and initiatives that we support include:

Universidad de Guadalajara Center for Economics and Administrative Sciences Sonoma State University School of Science & Technology Maejo University
uic green PRESDA Hiroshima Peace Institute
Arizona State University

the global compact

Clinton CI
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ACES 2015 Organizing Committee

Michael Sasaoka
Professor, Academic Director, TIER A
Research Center, Japan
Special Programs Director, ESD Focus, The PRESDA Foundation of Japan
John Stayton
Executive Director, Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USA
Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
John Latzo
Div. of Humanities & Social Sciences
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China
Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Luis Maria Bo-ot, Ph.D.
Professor, National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines
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