Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.07
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Nova Scotia Community College
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Martha MacGowan
Project Assistant- Sustainability
Facilities & Engineering
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Occupational Health & Safety, SARA System

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

NSCC is made up of 13 different campuses across the province of Nova Scotia. Previously, we had different vendors providing us with safety and emergency systems at different campuses. Those systems were operating independently and were not integrated with each other, so we did not have a centralized emergency communications system. Response management and decision support information was slow, inconsistent and cumbersome.
NSCC teamed up with Status Solution and VistaCare Communications to develop and install an interconnected situational awareness response assistant (SARA). This system connects all the campuses by a series of wireless sensors and pull stations, each with their own purpose.
The pull stations are a series of colour-coded pulls located throughout each NSCC campus. There are blue, yellow and red pull stations. The blue are pulled to alert security and/or medical first responders. The yellow are for lockdown situations and the red are for fire-related emergencies. Each stations location is mapped. Once pulled, key people are alerted via text and emails which station was pulled and where.
The SARA system is not only made up of various pull stations, it also a series of sensors located on doors throughout the buildings, refrigerators and freezers for temperature monitoring, water mains for leak monitoring, and the boiler systems.
This system not only drastically improves the safety and well-being of the building occupants but it also aides in energy efficiency. The sensors can determine if doors are open for longer than 5 minutes. This is beneficial not only for theft prevention but for areas where you need closed environments.
The SARA system provides improved student and staff safety, and well-being, significantly improved situational awareness and organizational response time to critical situations, improved risk management capability (risk mitigation, containment, and avoidance), and improved property and asset protection. It is unlike any other safety system. Other institutions often inquire about this system and NSCC has presented this system at many conferences.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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