The NSCC campus in Stellarton just got a little greener.
An Eco-Wall was unveiled on March 6 in a hallway at the school, a project that took less than a year after Tristin Mabey got the idea from an Eco-Wall at the campus in Halifax; the idea for the Eco-Wall was conceived in April 2018.
“I thought it would be cool to build one here, said Mabey, the vice-president of finance with the Enactus organization at the NSCC campus in Stellarton. “It promotes environmental sustainability and it’s something that everyone can appreciate because it’s in a high traffic area at the school.”
(Note: Enactus is a “community of students and business leaders around the world who work to shape a better, more sustainable world through entrepreneurial action and working with community organizations.)
She worked closely with faculty advisor Daryl Ingram and students Courtnie Cameron, Emaliegh Murray and Devon Palmer.
Ferns and succulents were chosen for their positive impacts on air quality, maybe added.
“We chose them because they are all in, in some form or another, air purifiers.”
Students and faculty from various academic programs at the NSCC volunteered their time and expertise to the project; carpentry, machining, welding, plumbing, cabinet-making and the School of Access program at the facility. The Eco-Wall can be easily taken down and moved to another location if the need arises.
The cost of the project was $7,000, raised through student fundraising, a $2,500 grant from The Co-Operators and $2,500 from the NSCC Foundation.
Recent Enactus Pictou Campus projects:
• “Raise the Roof” greenhouse with Pictou County Roots for Youth Homeless Shelter
• Financial literacy workshops for NSCFC and local high school students
• Helped organize a career fair
• Partnered with Summer Street Industries to prepare and distribute healthy meals to seniors
• Change the Conversation mental health symposium