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
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Patti McCullough
Project Assistant
Facilities & Engineering
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Solar Benches at Waterfront Campus

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

At NSCC Waterfront Campus a two solar benches have been placed along the walkway to allow staff, students, and visitors to sit and have a rest. The benches have solar powered USB ports to allow for charging of mobile devices. The first solar bench was installed in 2015, with the second bench being installed in 2016, as part of an effort to showcase NSCC's ongoing sustainability initiatives and provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about re-use of materials and green energy.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

In addition to the benches having solar power capability, they were built by students from wood which was harvested from trees during the construction of the Centre for the Built Environment (CBE), a part of NSCC Waterfront Campus. the CBE is an example of restorative building design, blending elements of the 'natural' environment with the 'built' environment to ensure the building and its operations do not contribute to environmental harm. In addition to features like a green roof, living walls, solar and wind energy, and geothermal systems, the CBE is a living, learning and research lab for students, staff and industry. These benches serve as an example of NSCC's ongoing commitment to leadership in sustainability in the classroom and the workplace. By continuing to add solar benches, NSCC can reaffirm its position as a leader in environmental stewardship while reducing energy demand on campus.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

The picture of the solar bench(es) can be found in the photogallery of the website URL provided.

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