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

STARS v2.2

Nova Scotia Community College
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Patti McCullough
Project Assistant
Facilities & Engineering
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
NSCC participates in a bicycle sharing program for its employees at the Institute of Technology Campus. Two bicycles are available for staff use from spring through fall during the daytime hours. Employees borrowing the bicycle must sign a one-time waiver and receive an orientation on use of the bicycles. Users sign out a bicycle at the security desk by showing Staff ID and sign back in upon return. Bicycles have a lock that travels with them to secure bikes if making stops. Also adjustable sized helmets are available.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
NSCC Institute of Technology Campus in Halifax has a CarShareHFX fleet vehicle on campus. It is available for any member of CarShare to use. It can be used by student or staff members of the CarShare program as well as CarShare members in the community.

Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
NSCC Pictou Campus has preferred parking for electric vehicles located close to the main doors. There are also EV Level 2 chargers located at these parking spaces. The charger is available to student and employees at the cost of their parking pass, $20 per year.

Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:
EV Level 2 charging stations are mounted on the buildings at various campuses across the province. EV Level 2 charging stations can charge an electric car in approximately eight to twelve hours.

Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:
There is no program or incentive available to encourage employees to live close to campus.

Does the institution have other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:
NSCC has been an active participant in the Idle Free Campaign since 2009. Idle free signage provided by DriveWiser is posted in the Shipping & Receiving areas as well as drop off points on the campus. Most campuses offer car pool parking passes. Participants must have three registered users, which can be a combination of staff or students.

U-Pass is a special transit pass specifically designed for NSCC students at our three Metro campuses (Akerley, IT and Ivany/Aviation). If you're a full time on-campus student, the U-Pass lets you ride Halifax Transit buses, ferries, and Community Transit buses from September to May. The program is convenient, reliable and flexible. You can take the bus or the ferry to commute to school, shop, sight-see, or run errands 7 days a week.

This student bus pass is mandatory for all full time on-campus students attending one of our three Metro campuses at a cost of $178 for the academic year and provides students with an unlimited bus and ferry pass for a full 9 month period (September 1 – May 31). In addition to regular ferry and bus routes, U-Pass holders are also permitted to use many of Halifax Transit's "Park & Ride" lots to park for free, and catch the bus from there.

While the passes are non-transferable, it can be used 24/7 during the school year. The U-Pass program represents a significant savings of more than $470 for students for the 9-month period. A typical Halifax Transit bus pass costs upwards of $70 per month.

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