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

STARS v2.2

Nova Scotia Community College
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kirk Herman
Environmental Engineer
Facilities and Engineering
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 17,705,339 Gallons 36,332,375 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 17,705,339 Gallons 36,332,375 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period April 1, 2018 March 31, 2019
Baseline Period 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 of 2008/2009.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 120 180
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 12,703 9,976
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,845 1,633
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 737 63
Weighted campus users 10,388.25 8,704.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 1,704.36 Gallons 4,173.98 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
59.17

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,800,366 Gross Square Feet 2,630,560 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 6.32 Gallons / GSF 13.81 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
54.22

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

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 876,068.23 Gallons / Acre 1,380,934.06 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
36.56

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

Water use reduction is an important Key Performance Indicator for NSCC Facilities and Engineering. It is included as a KPI in our annual report, both College-wide and on a facility-level basis. These results are shared with Campus sustainability committees and posted publicly on-campus. In new construction projects, water use reduction technologies are highlighted in green building tours. Water refill stations are installed in every NSCC Campus and staff and students are encouraged to use them to reduce consumption of bottled water.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

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 the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

Retrofitting 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),


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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