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Sustainability efforts nationally recognized

NSCC among Canada’s most sustainable post-secondary institutions

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Employee Michael Chapman audits the building infrastructure at Ivany Campus. Ensuring facilities run efficiently is part of NSCC’s commitment to sustainability.

NSCC has been recertified with a STARS Gold Rating in Sustainability, earning the highest score among Canadian colleges and placing among the nation's top four post-secondary institutions.

The College first received its STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2013. This success spurred the organization to look for and implement even more ways to enhance environmental sustainability. Initiatives include everything from an organic waste system that supports the growth of cafeteria vegetables to hydration stations that keep thousands of bottles out of the waste stream.

"We're happy to have this recognition, and it inspires us to continue to build on the foundation we've created and take every opportunity to become more sustainable," says Michael Chapman, Manager of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Space Planning.

Further plans to reduce environmental impact

One way in which NSCC is becoming more sustainable over time is by developing and launching its own Sustainable Building Standards Program Sustainability Plan. As of 2019, This program Plan ensures that sustainable best practices are embedded in our capital projects. This includes improving energy efficiency, reducing water consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and constructing new buildings to LEED standards.

Since making this commitment, NSCC has completed construction on The Hon. Dr. John F. Hamm Trades and Innovation Centre at Pictou Campus; installed new exterior walls that reduce energy costs by more than 50 per cent at Lunenburg Campus; and broke ground on three new, multi-use buildings at Strait Area Campus, the Centre of Geographic Sciences and Institute of Technology Campus. NSCC also announced the future construction of a new Marconi Campus on the Sydney waterfront.