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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 System (STARS). Each year since, NSCC has maintained this rating and was named the Overall Top Performer among associate colleges worldwide for the third year in a row. See the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index report.

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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 333 rated institutions across North America.

LEED Certification

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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 Gold – The Hon. Dr John Hamm Trades & Innovation Centre (Pictou)
  • LEED Silver – Marconi Trades Wing (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.

BOMABESt Certification

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NSCC has been enrolled in the BOMA BESt program since 2008/09, and our average Campus score has increased from 75% (BOMA BESt Silver) in our baseline year to 84% (BOMA BESt Gold) during our last review period in 2018/19. In addition, both Ivany Campus and the Institute of Technology Campus received BOMA BESt Platinum certifications in 2015/16.

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.

Did You Know?

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.

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