Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Nova Scotia Community College
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Martha MacGowan
Project Assistant- Sustainability
Facilities & Engineering
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainability Days at our Annapolis Valley Campuses

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Our three NSCC campuses located in the Annapolis Valley Region in Nova Scotia put on a trade show every year called 'Sustainability Days.' It is a very unique event where we promote various aspects of sustainability in that region. At the event there are booths set up from various vendors such as: Efficiency Nova Scotia, Bag to Earth, Valley Waste Resource, Local Farm Produce, Clean Annapolis River Project, Fitness and Health vendors and much more. The local farmers market provides a voucher to students to allow them to get free local produce at their booth. This event is open to the public as well so it not only aids in educating staff and students but also the local community.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
One of the most measurable aspects of this program is the exceptional performance of waste management at the Annapolis Valley campuses. These 3 campuses have been the highest performers of waste diversion of our 17 sites that are audited every year. During our baseline waste audit year in 2011 they scored an average of 72% of their waste being diverted from the landfill, in 2015 they average a diversion rate of 92%. These campuses continue to excel in waste management each year and usually are the first campuses to initiate new ideas and sustainability projects.

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 Yes
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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