|Submission Date||Dec. 11, 2013|
Nova Scotia Community College
ER-3: Sustainability in New Student Orientation
Environmental Sustainability & Development School of Trades & Technology
Does the institution include sustainability prominently in new student orientation?:
A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation:
A kiosk showcasing campus sustainability features (energy, solid waste management - Pack It In/Pack It Out program, water conservation, grounds greening, public transit & car pooling incentives, cafeteria reusable mug/bowl incentives, health and wellness fitness centre, etc.) was prominently displayed in the cafeteria, an area shared with Student Association activities. Presentations on sustainability and campus features were made to all program groups during program orientations. A handout was available electronically and augmented by some paper copies.
Booths were hosted on alternate transportation, Keeping it Green and NSCC services to support students (Career Advising, Counselling, Financial Support, Peer Tutoring, Disability Services, etc.).
A specific welcoming and informational reception was held for African Nova Scotia & Aboriginal students connecting students to their peers and NSCC services.
Community Expo – Information on Services in your Local Community
The Student Association hosted a BBQ in support of the Campus Food Bank. Non-perishable food and monetary donations were accepted.
Health and wellness information and tours of the three on-campus facilities were led by the Health & Wellness Committee members.
During Orientation and continuing throughout the month of September, staff hosted program orientations to discuss sustainability initiatives on campus and seek student feedback. Both students and staff were encouraged to provide campus related 'ideas' through prize draws. The comments/ideas were collated and became action considerations for the Sustainability Committee's subcommittees: environment, culture, social, economic.
At the Shelburne Campus, the Bookstore provides reusable totes for book purchases.
All new students receive an NSCC stainless steel water bottle and flash drive. Hydration stations are promoted on Campus. During Orientation, the cafeteria Head Chef provides a light hearted Garbage/Recycling 101 session for all students. The Campus Cafeteria solely uses paper plates and reusable cutlery and provides ceramic cups for coffee/tea. Cafeteria and Maintenance staff harvest fruits and vegetables from the greenhouse each morning for use in the cafeteria and offer any over supply to students for free.
Facilities staff and the Waste Diversion Coordinator for the Town & Municipality assist new students in recycling/composting by standing near the garbage/recycling/compost station and assist students with what goes where.
The Waste Diversion Coordinator for the Town & Municipality visits all classes and provides an information session on recycling/composting regulations for Shelburne County. The Coordinator also visits all fisheries classes and provides a recycling session specific to the marine sector.
Campus tours are available highlighting green features such as the Solar Hot Water Heating System.
The website URL where information about sustainability in new student orientation is available:
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