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Awards and recognition

CiCan recognition

Each year, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) grants awards of excellence. Awards in nine categories, including sustainability, recognize best practices in postsecondary institutions across the country.

Gold Excellence Award

We're honoured to have been awarded the following achievements from College and Institute Canada:

  • 2023 - The Excellence in Global Engagement Award, Gold
  • 2021 - The Excellence in Sustainable Development Award, Gold
  • 2019 - The Program Excellence Award, Gold
  • 2018 - The Excellence in Global Engagement Award, Silver

AASHE recognition

Each year, The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

STARS was designed specifically for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance in all aspects of higher education. Institutions achieve a rating of platinum, gold, silver or bronze based on how well they score in a range of sustainable practices. Currently, there are more than 300 rated institutions across North America.

STARS Gold Certification

  • In 2024 NSCC was ranked in the top three associate colleges internationally for overall sustainability performance.
  • NSCC has been STARS certified since 2013.

Canada Green Building Council recognition

Since 2008, all new NSCC buildings have been built with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and principals and strive for certification through the Canada Green Building Council.

LEED is an internationally recognized rating system in over 132 countries. It acknowledges excellence in green building design, construction and operation.

LEED certifications

  • LEED logosLEED Gold – The Centre for the Built Environment (Dartmouth)
  • LEED Gold – The Hon. Dr John Hamm Trades & Innovation Centre (Pictou)
    • In 2019, The Hon. Dr John Hamm Trades and Innovation Centre received the Canada Green Building Council (Atlantic Chapter) Leadership Award for Excellence in Green Building - New Construction.
  • LEED Silver – Ivany Campus (Dartmouth)



In 2019, the Canada Green Building Council (Atlantic Chapter) presented NSCC with the Inspired Educator Award in celebration of our Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology program.

The two-year diploma enables students to become highly skilled in energy management, sustainable design, green technology and alternative energy systems. The leadership award recognizes the College’s commitment to ensuring tomorrow’s workforce is sustainability focused and environmentally conscious.

BOMA Canada Recognitions 

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), through its Building Environmental Standards (BEST) program, measures the environmental performance of buildings. We’ve been enrolled in the BOMA BEST program since 2008, and our average campus score has increased from BOMA BEST Silver to BOMA BEST Gold.

BOMA BEST is North America’s largest environmental assessment and certification program for existing buildings.

BOMA Best Certification

NSCC maintains BOMA BEST certification at all of our campuses and three campuses currently hold a platinum certification, Ivany, IT, Pictou.