Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Nova Scotia Community College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Chapman
Environmental Engineer
Facilities & Engineering
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
In February 2014, following 15 months of multi-stakeholder consultations and forums, the One Nova Scotia Commission delivered The Report of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy. NSCC was part of the consultation process and welcomed the call to provide our Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives to the provincial action team. NSCC along with post-secondary partners, with such noted initiatives as Innovation Hubs and promotion of entrepreneurship, will catalyze the imperative to grow the economy "while balancing growth and environmental objectives, linking green economy perspectives to plans for creating jobs and wealth ...", "Shaping Our New Economy Together" will require shared leadership, understanding, capacity building, collaboration and "concerted action among different groups, across different economic sectors and regions with differing interests." The NSCC is engaged in development and review of Provincial legislation that relates to sustainability. As an example, in 2007, the provincial government established the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA), which reinforces the importance of integrating environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. In 2012, at the five-year milestone, a legislated public review of the Act was held. NSCC was invited to participate in this review. A group from various departments at NSCC met to establish a formal response to the Minister's Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity. Additionally, from 2013-2016 NSCC was a Board member for Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and on the subcommittee for the development of BOMA BEST Version 3.0. BOMA BEST is the building operations reporting tool that is the national standard for building environmental performance. This tool sets the standards for waste management, energy consumption, building emissions, and the quality of the indoor environment. NSCC has been BOMA BEST certified since 2009, and has been actively leading the way in developing these standards.

A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:
Nova Scotia very recently announced that a carbon cap and trade system will be developed for implementation in 2018. This system will be developed through a process of industry consultation. NSCC has stated our position to the province that we will be involved in this process.

A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.