6 easy habits for sustainable living
By Mike Chapman
Manager, Infrastructure, Sustainability & Space Planning
From growing vegetables for campus cafeterias, to recycling programs to a new LEED Gold certified centre for trades and innovation – at NSCC, we take sustainability seriously. It’s a part of everything we do.
Wondering how you can make a difference?
Here are six easy tips to help improve sustainability at home and in the workplace:
- Trade disposable for reusable
Use a travel mug for hot beverages. Did you know disposable coffee cups make up 5% of NSCC’s waste? In 2016, we threw out 12 tonnes of disposable coffee cups.
- Pack a sustainable lunch
The best way to reduce trash is not create it. Bring your own silverware, insulated reusable containers and cloth lunch bags.
- Use hydration stations
Instead of bottled water, opt to use reusable water bottle. Many workplaces and community spaces have water fountains and bottle fill stations.
- Go digital
Take notes on your laptop or other digital device. Only print the notes you need.
- Turn off your engine
Idling your vehicle for longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more CO2 than restarting your engine.
- Travel clean
Walk, bike, carpool or take public transit whenever possible.
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. Read more about our sustainability rating.