North Shore Community College: Contributing to a Sustainable North Shore
On February 28, 2007 North Shore Community College became the 100th college nationwide to sign onto The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. This step put in motion an expansion of the college's commitment to environmental stewardship. NSCC has adopted a holistic approach to sustainability and the application of green principles that engages the entire college community. The college is dedicated to:
- reducing its carbon footprint;
- incorporating environmental/sustainable curriculum, goals and objectives into its courses, programs and projects;
- promoting sustainability throughout the college community and North Shore region.
The college's strategic plan outlines its dedication to a sustainable and socially responsible campus through expanding sustainability initiatives, further reducing emissions and supporting ACUPCC to advance the values and infrastructure of a sustainable campus.
Sustainability at NSCC
Examples of NSCC's commitment to sustainability can be found in all aspects of the College. Fall 2011 saw the completion of the Commonwealth's first Zero Net Energy Building. NSCC employs energy improvement measures on both campuses, established a "green" curriculum program and has an active Green Team - a group of faculty and staff who collaborate to raise campus and community awareness of sustainability issues.
In addition, the college has strengthened its commitment by hiring a part-time Sustainability Coordinator to oversee the college's sustainability initiatives. This role will also serve to educate the college and community about why sustainability needs to be a priority, as well as promote a green economy and green jobs.