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Awards and recognition

Excellence in Sustainable Development Award

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has announced the recipients of its 2021 Awards of Excellence. Awards from nine categories recognize best practices from institutions across the country, individual leadership and achievements. Nova Scotia Community College was recognized for the Gold Excellence in Sustainable Development Award.

STARS Gold Certification

STARS Gold Certification LogoIn 2013, NSCC was certified with a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) for the first time. The College maintains this rating today and is re certified every three years. From 2017-2019, the College was the Overall Top Performer among associate colleges worldwide.

In 2020, the College was among the top 10 postsecondary institutions in Canada.
View NSCC's STARS submission »

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 wide range of sustainable practices. Currently there are 300+ rated institutions across North America.

LEED Certification

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Since 2008, all new NSCC buildings have been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, and certified through the Canada Green Building Council. We have achieved the following certifications:

  • LEED Gold – The Centre for the Built Environment (Dartmouth)
  • LEED Gold – The Hon. Dr John Hamm Trades & Innovation Centre (Pictou)
  • LEED Silver – Marconi Trades Wing (Sydney)
  • LEED Silver – Ivany Campus (Dartmouth)

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

In September 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.


BOMABEST Certification


The BOMA BEST (BEST = Building Environmental Standards) is used to measure and manage the environmental performance of buildings. he certification is awarded by BOMA Canada (Building Owners and Managers Association). All campuses were recertified in May 2019.

NSCC has been enrolled in the BOMA BEST program since 2008, and our average Campus score has increased from BOMA BEST Silver to BOMA BEST Gold in 2019. In addition, both Ivany Campus and the Institute of Technology Campus are BOMA BEST Platinum certified.

Program Excellence

In 2019, the Canada Green Building Council (Atlantic Chapter) presented NSCC with the Inspired Educator Award in celebration of the Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology (ESET) 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 ESET’s importance and the College’s commitment to ensuring tomorrow’s workforce is sustainability-focused and environmentally-conscious.

Princeton Review 2021 Green Honor Roll

The Princeton Review recently released the 2021 Green Honor Roll, ranking the 30-colleges and universities that received the highest possible Green Rating score. From the 695 higher education institutions that were evaluated, NSCC was included in the top 30. The rating system includes health and sustainability as quality of life indicators for students, employment preparation for the clean energy economy, citizenship preparation, and institutional policies related to environmental responsibility. View the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll

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