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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.

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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 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

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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.

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.