Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.43
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2013
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Nova Scotia Community College
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michael Chapman
Environmental Engineer
Facilities & Engineering
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

The "Sustainability Goals and Action Plan" was developed by the Facilities and Engineering central office, in consultation with Facilities Management Staff at each campus. This Plan is the backbone of the annual Energy and Environmental Performance Report. It provides meaningful and measureable goals. It is reviewed every year and is communicated to and supported by the NSCC Executive and the Board of Governors.
The annual report provides information relating to energy consumption, water usage, GHG emissions, and waste diversion.
The report is on the NSCC website, thus is available to the general public.

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

Some measureable goals, as stated in NSCC's Sustainability Goals and Action Plan (2012/13 and Beyond) include:

Energy: 4% Reduction by 2014/15
Water: 8% Reduction by 2014/15
Waste: Improve diversion rate to 75%
GHG Emissions: Reduce 10% by 2014/15
Environmental Certifications: Achieve STARS certification in 2013/14
Policy: Update Sustainability Policy in 2013
Deferred Maintenance: Reduce 3% in 2013/12

Sustainability Goals and Action Plan, 2012/13 and Beyond

2012/13- Maintain 2011/12 levels.
2013/14- 2% reduction (from 2011/12 levels).
2014/15- 4% reduction (from 2011/12 levels).

2012/13- 4% reduction (from 2011/12 levels)
2013/14- 6% reduction (from 2011/12 levels)
2014/15- 8% reduction (from 2011/12 levels)

2012/13- Continue to maintain and improve waste management system.
2013/14- Continue to maintain and improve waste management system.
2014/15- Improve NSCC diversion rate to 75% (from 2011/12 rate of 68%)

Greenhouse Gas / Carbon Footprint:
2012/13- Expand GHG inventory to include all aspect of NSCC carbon emitting activities
2013/14- 5% reduction from 2012/13 levels.
2014/15- 10% reduction from 2012/13 levels.

Environmental Certifications:
2012/13- Engage in STARS Certification System.
- Commence LEED for Existing Building - Pilot Project (IT Campus)
2013/14- NSCC certified STARS Silver
2014/15- Renew STARS
- IT Campus LEED certified
- (BOMA recertification October 2015)

2012/13- Review current Environmental Policy to ensure alignment with Strategic Plan 2013/14- Annual review of Policy.
2014/15- Annual review of Policy.

Deferred Maintenance
2013/12- Complete Facility Condition Assessments – All Campuses
- Reduce deferred maintenance by 3%
2013/14- Reduce deferred maintenance by 3%
2015/14- Reduce deferred maintenance by 3%

Communications / Engagement:
- Complete annual report. Present results to NSCC community.
- Promote sustainability activities through regular newsletters (3 newsletters/year).
- Facility Managers to actively engage campuses through environmental committee activities.

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

The goals are reviewed on an annual basis. The College's performance is presented to the Board of Governors every year.

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:
The year the plan was developed or last updated:

The Sustainability Goals and Action Plan is found on page iv of the Annual Energy and Environmental Performance Report. This report is reviewed and updated every year.

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