KYOTO, Japan--Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that it is planting Green Curtains at its factories and offices in Japan for the 10th consecutive year as part of its ongoing environmental protection and sustainability activities. The natural foliage of climbing plants creates “curtains” that cover building walls and windows, providing shade for the rooms inside and lowering the building temperature by up to 2 degrees Celsius*1 (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) while helping reduce the use of energy-consuming air-conditioning systems.
One square meter of Green Curtain neutralizes as much as 3.4kg of CO2 annually. In 2016, Kyocera’s Green Curtains stretched out for roughly 710 meters and covered an area of 2,900 square meters in total, absorbing approximately 10,000kg*1 per year. With 10 years of Green Curtain tradition, Kyocera’s efforts total more than 85,000kg of absorbed CO2 — or the equivalent of about 6,300 cedar trees*2.
Background and expansion to date
Kyocera started growing Green Curtains in 2007 at one of its factories in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture in cooperation with local government and a non-governmental organization, with the goal of further reducing the factory’s environmental impact. To date, the activities have been expanded to 27 sites in total including additional factories and offices throughout Japan. Kyocera also encourages its employees as well as local residents to participate in this Green Curtain initiative in their own homes by providing seedlings produced by the Green Curtains. Gourd and morning glory are the most commonly used plants for the Green Curtains, but many others such as passion fruit, navy bean, sponge cucumber and mini Japanese squash (cucurbita pepo) can be used as well.
Enjoy healthy dishes with freshly harvested vegetables
Kyocera employees enjoy special dishes with vegetables harvested from the Green Curtains at select company cafeterias or at home. Gourd is often cooked as tempura with Japanese udon noodles or onigirazu (Japanese rice sandwich), which has become very popular in recent years in Japan.
Recipe for Onigirazu (serves 4)
|1.||Cut gourd in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and cut in slices. Sauté until wilted with 2 tablespoons olive oil.|
|2.||Lightly beat 4 eggs, 2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and some pepper for seasoning in a bowl. Make 4 slices of tamagoyaki (Japanese omelet) with 1 tsp olive oil per 1 slice.|
|3.||Slice Spam (or other meat) into 4 slices, sauté until lightly browned without oil.|
|4.||In the center of a piece of plastic wrap, place a large square sheet of dried seaweed. Layer the following ingredients, in order, from the bottom up: 1) cooked rice (140g), 2) 1 slice of tamagoyaki, 3) sautéed gourd, 4) 1 slice of Spam, and 5) cooked rice (140g).|
|5.||Tightly wrap the filling so that the diagonal corners of the seaweed meet, cut in half and remove the plastic wrap.|
|*1||CO2 absorption (3.4kg) x area of Green Curtain (m2) = volume of yearly CO2 absorption. (Source: Rural Culture Association Japan)|
|*2||One cedar tree absorbs 14kg/year of CO2. (Source: Forestry Agency of Japan)|
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Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of electronic components, printers, copiers, solar power generating systems, mobile phones, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2016, the company’s net sales totaled 1.48 trillion yen (approx. USD13.1 billion). Kyocera appears on the 2014 and 2015 listings of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine’s 2016 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.