Leading the way

NSCC makes sustainability part of its culture

Leading the way

Michael Chapman, manager of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship at NSCC, says the College is always looking for ways to reduce its environmental footprint.

“As a College, the largest impact we can have is through leading by example.”

Fast Fact

NSCC has achieved a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Gold ranking from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Over the last decade, NSCC has set ambitious goals to reduce its environment footprint as part of the its sustainability commitment. 

The College has taken steps to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, divert waste from landfills, and committed to constructing new buildings to LEED Gold standards. The College has also installed hydration stations that save hundreds of thousands of water bottles per year, developed sustainable energy solutions for College buildings, and implemented innovative waste management techniques at campuses. 

“Sustainability is part of our culture,” says Michael Chapman, manager of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship. “We view sustainability as a cycle of continual improvement and we have been recognized as the leading College in Canada for our efforts.” 

NSCC has achieved a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Gold ranking from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). In fact, NSCC received the accolade of top-performing Associate College for the second year in a row. The internationally-recognized index highlights top-performing, sustainable colleges and universities using data covering academics, community engagement, campus operations and leadership. Using a numerical score, institutions are ranked as Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certified STARS. 

Additionally, the College achieved the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) gold rating for NSCC overall and a platinum rating for IT & Ivany Campuses. BOMA is a national platform for assessing and measuring sustainable building operations.

NSCC has continued to look for ways to increase its sustainable practices since the first STARS Gold designation in 2014. These include the implementation of the College’s first-ever sustainability policy and a sustainability plan to make further improvements in these areas by 2020. Some goals, such as the decrease in water consumption, have already been surpassed. 

“As a College, the largest impact we can have is through leading by example,” explains Chapman. “Our accomplishments can inspire NSCC students and employees to evaluate the role their careers and lifestyles have in supporting continual improvement and environmentally-responsible behavior.“

Internationally, only 377 institutions have achieved a STAR rating from AASHE.

By the numbers

Since 2009, the College has seen a:

  • 24% reduction in energy consumption
  • 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • 46% reduction in water consumption
  • 75% diversion of waste from landfill

 

 


 

 

 

 

23/10/18

“As a College, the largest impact we can have is through leading by example.”

Fast Fact

NSCC has achieved a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Gold ranking from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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