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 Waterfront 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 such opportunity is a new, three-year sustainability plan that will lead to further college-wide reductions in energy and water usage, waste creation and energy costs. Several projects are already underway, including construction of a LEED Gold Standard Trades and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the Pictou Campus, and new exterior walls that will reduce energy costs by more than 50 per cent at the Lunenburg Campus.

Michael says NSCC would like to embed more sustainability practices and become the first post-secondary institution in Canada to achieve STARS Platinum status.

"We hope our graduates will become ambassadors of what they’ve learned at NSCC in the labour force. That will benefit our industry and our economy, while boosting Nova Scotia's reputation as a world leader in sustainability."

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