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
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.82 / 2.00 Patti McCullough
Project Assistant
Facilities & Engineering
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 21,774,381 Gallons 36,332,375 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 21,774,381 Gallons 36,332,375 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 200 180
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 10,420 9,976
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,713 1,633
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 317 63

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,768,416 Square feet 2,630,560 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 20.21 Acres 26.31 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year April 1, 2016 March 31, 2015
Baseline Year April 1, 2008 March 31, 2009

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
Nova Scotia Community College started collecting numerical data for the fiscal year in 2008/2009.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0.01 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
0 Gallons

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:
At the NSCC Centre for the Built Environment graywater and stormwater are collected for irrigation of green roofs and bio-walls.

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:
Water consumption is tracked regularly at each campus. Every year water consumption data is compiled and reported for all 13 campuses.

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:
Retrofitted practices employed by NSCC include the installation of: Low flow faucets, Low flow toilets and waterless urinals, High pressure nozzles on hoses, Installation of pressure reducing valve (PRV),

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
The NSCC Procurement policy section 3.1.7 involves taking a holistic approach to obtain best value for goods and services. Where economically viable, NSCC ensures that sustainable procurement criteria are embedded in all purchasing decisions. This includes but is not limited to: Environmental Considerations, Economic Considerations, Social Considerations, and Product Certification.

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):
NSCC plants only vegetation indigenous to Nova Scotia so that irrigation is not required.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:
NSCC does not use potable water for irrigation. Some campuses use rain water collected from berms for irrigation of some plant-life.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:
NSCC is committed to conserving water usage throughout all campus operations. We pursue maximum efficiency in the management of water, by minimizing water use and disposal, monitoring consumption, and promoting staff and student awareness of water conservation initiatives on every campus.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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