Energy, Facilities, and Climate

Bard has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.
By signing the Carbon Commitment (formerly ACUPCC) in 2009, President Bostein agreed to launch an ambitious and important process to achieve carbon neutrality and "actions to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experience for all students."

The Carbon Commitment asks that we take deliberate and systematic steps to begin this process, and lays out a prescribed timeline – Bard has prepared annual green house gas inventories, a Climate Action Plan and Progress Reports
Energy, Facilities, and Climate
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.

Visit Bard's AASHE STARS report submission for more information. 


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 >>

Our Consumption

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:

Actions and Materials

  • Graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff have contributed to the Town of Red Hook’s process to create and implement a Climate Action Plan (CAP).