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Michael William Hall Last modified date:2018.06.13

Associate Professor / Social System Design
Department of Design Strategy
Faculty of Design


Graduate School
Undergraduate School


E-Mail
Phone
092-553-4634
Fax
092-553-4634
Academic Degree
Doctor of Design
Field of Specialization
English skills and environmental risk management
Outline Activities
Research on risk management systems for the prevention of soil contamination by small and medium sized enterprises.
Research on using bamboo biochar to improve organic growing practices.
Research
Research Interests
  • Produce bamboo charcoal as one means to sequester carbon and cut the excessive growth of bamboo forest in Itoshima to improve the local environment. Also, the bamboo biochar once added to the local farmland can produce better vegetables and they can be marketed as environmentally friendly produce.
    keyword : Bamboo biochar, eco brand, local agriculture
    2012.01~2015.01.
Current and Past Project
  • This project produces bamboo charcoal known as "biochar" together with a local volunteer group to promote a carbon minus scheme to improve the local economy and environment.
Academic Activities
Papers
1. Michael William Hall, Utilizing Bamboo Biochar for Carbon Sequestration and Local Economic Development, Causes, Impacts and Solutions to Global Warming Springer Publishing, 643-656, 2013.07, This project is a collaborative one that produces and promotes the use of bamboo biochar as a means to sequester carbon while improving the local environment and economy. It involves Master’s students from the Department of Design Strategy at Kyushu University, Undergraduate and Graduate students from the Department of Agriculture at Kyushu University, local volunteer Satoyama members, and support from the Japan Biochar Association. In this initial stage of the project, the students conducted a survey of people living in Fukuoka, Japan to determine their general knowledge about the environment, the carbon credit scheme, and their interest in buying pesticide free vegetables in order to determine if environmental education and promotion is necessary for the success of the project’s goal of using biochar as a means for carbon sequestration and marketing strategy for vegetables. Results showed that there is no knowledge about the carbon credit scheme, only some general environmental awareness, and modest interest in buying pesticide free biochar grown vegetables if more expensive than ones grown under normal conditions. Therefore, the next step will be to develop effective materials and carry out events to educate and promote the positive impacts of the system, and develop production methods that maintain a competitive price to widely used pesticides..
2. Michael Hall and Kengo Saeki, Project Based Learning to Promote Conservation on a Hillside in Japan, North American Association for Environmental Education, Proceeding page 7, 2010.09.
3. Michael W. Hall, Kousuke Miyaji, A Comparative Study of Leading U.S. and Japanese Firms Risk Management Policies:In Search of New Risk
Management Strategies
, National Association of Environmental Professionals , National Association of Environmental Professionals 30th
Annual Conference
pp.1-11, 2005.04.
4. Michael W. Hall, Kousuke Miyaji, In Search of New Risk Management Strategies Using a Comparative Evaluation of Environmental Laws for Soil Contamination in the United States, Germany and Japan
, 2004 IEEE International Engineering Management , 2004 IEEE International Engineering
Management Conference Volume 1
pp.27-31, 2004.10.
Presentations
1. Michael Hall, ESL Lessons Utilizing Design Concepts to Facilitate Effective Presentation Skills for Japanese University Students, Clute Institute, 2017.07,
This ESL course for design students incorporates videos that introduce design concepts and processes in natural English. Even though the comments from last year’s course were mostly positive, it has been revised to meet the students’ request to increase the focus on presentation skills instead of the equal weight on listening and presentation skills supplied in the original plan. The course still provides listening and writing tasks that promote analytical thinking, which is often lacking in university ESL lessons in Japan, but examines the finer details, including teacher/student critiques to produce higher-level presentations. This course is also unique in that it was specifically developed for design majors that need to become familiar with technical language, and provide exercises to challenge them to reveal their innovative talents to serve them after they graduate. The results from the two surveys given to students, one at the half waypoint in the semester, and the other in the last class, showed that they gained confidence in public speaking and increased their listening comprehension and became more aware of the importance of critical thinking and the processes necessary to develop innovative solutions. .
2. Michael William Hall, UTILIZING BAMBOO BIOCHAR FOR CARBON SEQUESTRATION AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Global Conference on Global Warming, 2012.07, This paper introduces a collaborative project that produces and promotes the use of bamboo biochar as a means to sequester carbon, improve the local environment and economy. It involves Master’s students from the Department of Design Strategy at Kyushu University, local volunteer Satoyama members, and support from the Japan Biochar Association. In this initial stage of the project, the students conducted a survey of people living in Fukuoka, Japan to determine their general knowledge about the environment, the carbon credit scheme, and their interest in buying pesticide free vegetables in order to determine if environmental education and promotion is necessary for the success of the project’s goal of using biochar as a means for carbon sequestration and marketing strategy for vegetables. Results showed that there is no knowledge about the carbon credit scheme, only some general environmental awareness, and modest interest in buying pesticide free biochar grown vegetables if more expensive than ones grown under normal conditions. Therefore, the next step will be to develop effective materials and carry out events to educate and promote the positive impacts of the system, and develop production methods that maintain a competitive price to widely used pesticides..
3. Proposed a collaborative project based learning program to prevent point source pollution programs at SMEs..
4. The project developed a trial for local children to learn about the ecosystem and enjoy nature..
5. A Proposal for Project Based Learning to Promote a Pollution Prevention Program at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to Prevent Soil Contamination:
Case Studies from the Printing Sector
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Membership in Academic Society
  • Japan Biochar Association
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals
Educational
Educational Activities
English presentation and business English skills for Design Strategy Master's students. Writing composition, listening and reading skills,academic oral communication, and seminar for undergraduate students in the Environmental Department