Awards & Recognitions in Sustainability
STARS Gold Certification
In January 2017 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 SystemTM (STARS). In August 2018, NSCC maintained this rating in the organization’s 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, and was named the Overall Top Performer among associate colleges worldwide for the second year in a row.
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework that 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 available credits. A few examples of available credits include: sustainability in curriculum, sustainable building operations, sustainable purchasing, greenhouse gas emissions, transportation, waste management, strategic plan, staff development in sustainability, diversity and employee satisfaction. Currently there are over 270 rated institutions across North America.
Since 2008, all new NSCC buildings have been built to 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 Silver – Marconi Centre for the Built Environment (Sydney)
- LEED Silver – Ivany Campus (Dartmouth)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized rating system in over 132 countries. It recognizes excellent in green building design, construction and operation.
NSCC has been enrolled in the BOMA BESt program since 2008/09. In 2009, all 13 campuses were BOMABESt Certified, then recertified in 2012. NSCC's average score in 2009 was 75% (BOMA BESt Level 2) and the average recertification score in 2012 was 83% (BOMA BESt Level 3).
The BOMA BESt (BESt = Building Environmental Standards) was developed to facilitate a consistent approach to measuring and managing the environmental performance of commercial/institutional buildings. The performance of a building is assessed in terms of energy use, water use, waste management, environmental communications, and indoor environmental quality. The certification is awarded by BOMA Canada (Building Owners and Managers Association). All campuses were recertified in May 2016.
Mobius Award of Environmental Excellence
NSCC Burridge’s recycling efforts earned the campus the 2012 Mobius Award of Environmental Excellence for Institution of the Year. This award is given to Nova Scotian organizations and individuals who have helped make Nova Scotia a leader in waste reduction, recycling, and composting.
To demonstrate how energy efficient the Pilikan house is, during the Winter (February 2013), when the temperatures were approximately -15° Celsius, the heat was shut off. The coolest temperature recorded was +15° degrees Celsius.