Solar photovoltaic panels generate renewable electricity at South Hall dormitory.
Energy, Facilities, and Climate
Bard has taken large steps to increase its energy efficiency, most notably a campus-wide upgrade of inside lighting to LED and high-efficiency fluorescent technology, with plans to upgrade all external building, path, and street lighting to LED. Bard also has completed several renewable energy projects, including a large-scale, 280kW solar photovoltaic array near the athletic fields, solar thermal hot water systems at Keene and Tremblay Dormitories, and a 9kW solar electric system at South Hall Dormitory.
The College has been an early adopter of geothermal heat-exchange technology in its building construction practices, with all new construction since the mid-1990s incorporating the technology. In all, roughly 40% of the total building square footage on the Bard Campus utilizes geothermal heat-exchange for space heating and cooling.
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The main Bard campus in Annandale comprises about 130 buildings totaling 1,160,000 sq. ft. The campus has support infrastructure such as street and path lighting, facilities for fresh water distribution, a site for receiving and treating sewage, and a fleet of maintenance and security vehicles. VIEW MORE >>
In order to provide occupants with electrical power; thermal comfort (space heating and cooling); hot water; food and domestic services; and safety and security, the operation and maintenance of campus facilities annually consumes about: VIEW MORE >>
Path to Net-Zero Energy
Though Bard must unavoidably consume energy in order to function as an institute, Bard is taking steps to minimize its energy consumption baseline, including: VIEW MORE >>