As part of its 50th anniversary commemorative program, PanaHome Corporation built a biotope called Tsunagari no Hiroba (Square of Connection) within the premises of its headquarters building in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, in April 2013, and opens the space to the public.Tsunagari no Hiroba is a green zone designed to preserve the ecosystem network in the community, or support people unable to go home or to enable business in a major disaster, with the support of projects by Osaka Prefecture, including Green Breeze Flow Building Project and the Anti-disaster Safe Road Construction Project. The zone consists of a biotope, trees suited to the local climate and weather, a photovoltaic power generation system, a wind power generation system, etc. The name of the square reflects the concept of connecting the trust from society, including our customers and local community, to our business activities, and then further expanding it to the global environment and its future through local biodiversity conservation.
In February 2014, the company followed the Eco Solutions Company in signing the Osaka Partnership Agreement on Biodiversity with Osaka Prefecture, Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture University, and the Research Institute of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Tsunagari no Hiroba offers hands-on environmental workshops to local elementary school children. In this workshop, children catch killifish and golden venus chub with a net and study the fish while listening to explanations on their ecology. The children learn about biological diversity and endangered species, along with the role and necessity of biotopes. We hold this workshop as an opportunity for the children to think about how they can protect nature through their own actions. At the end of the workshop, each child makes a "Nature Protection Declaration," in which they describe what they will do to protect living creatures, and then they release the caught fish as they recite their declarations to the fish. The textbook is made for the workshop and our employees serve as lecturers.
Every August, PanaHome Corporation holds Summer Vacation Nature Observation Workshops for families living in Toyonaka City, in cooperation with the governments of Osaka Prefecture and Toyonaka City. In 2016, Mozuyan, a character based on the prefectural bird, the bull-headed shrike, who is the prefecture's deputy governor in charge of public relations appeared at the workshop.
In recognition of these efforts, our comprehensive ecological workshops held in Tsunagari no Hiroba and its neighboring Sumai to Kurashi no Jyohokan - Senri (House and Lifestyle Information Center, Senri) were presented with the 9th Kids Design Award (in the Designs to Create the Future of Children - Education and Understanding category) hosted by the Kids Design Association. These workshops also received the Biodiversity Action Grand Prize 2015 from the Japan Committee of the UNDB (United Nations Decade on Biodiversity) in November 2015, and were nominated for the Japanese Nature Conservation Grand Prize of the Nature Conservation Society of Japan in We will continue our efforts, not only to conserve biodiversity, but also to protect the global environment for future generations.