The Second Asian Conference on Education for Sustainability

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

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

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The Deadline for Proposals is Monday, February 2, 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 range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies.

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 Committee

John Latzo 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.

Program Coordinator

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan
Professor, Gifu College of Business and Economics, Japan


Professor Michael Sasaoka 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.  Professor Sasaoka has previously worked at several universities in Japan in both teaching and research capacities. Presently, he is involved with a private research center that tracks data and implements nationwide TOEIC examinations. In addition, he is also preparing  an interdisciplinary curriculum design program for a new college in Gifu, Japan.  In his free time, he is an avid aquarist and maintains a five hundred liter, aquascaped saltwater aquarium. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and overfishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.

Special Adviser

SPC Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico


Professor Salvador Peniche-Camps teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara, where he is also the coordinator of the Integral Basin Management Project in the University Center of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In addition, he also holds the title of Director of the International Seminar on the Santiago River Basin.

His primary research interests are in water administration, ecological economics and water economic fields. He has been working in international lobbying initiatives as well as international consulting for Mexican NGOs.

Dr. Peniche-Camps has published extensively and he is the director of the scientific journal “Expresion Economica”, which is maintained by the Economics Department of the University Center of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Guadalajara.

Special Adviser

John Stayton John Stayton
Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
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.

Special Adviser

metri Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bombay)
Dean (Academic)
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
President, Indian Subcontinent-region
Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Atlanta, USA

Dr. Bhimaraya Metri is Professor of Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India. Prior to joining IMI, Professor Metri served as the Dean of the Strathclyde SKIL Business School, and also held numerous academic leadership positions, including Dean (Academics) and Dean (Graduate Programmes), and Chairman (PGPM) at top league B-school MDI Gurgaon. He has also served at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. Prof. Metri has published over 90 research articles in international and national journals and proceedings. He is on several editorial advisory boards of national and international journals.

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 and Guest Research
Hoso Daigaku Gakuen
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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