Energy, Facilities, and Climate

Bard has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.
By signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (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 ACUPCC asks that Colleges and Universities 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
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts is one of the main facilities at Bard designed with sustainability in mind.

Energy, Facilities, and Climate

Bard is an early adopter of renewable energy technologies in our building construction practices, particularly through the extensive use of geothermal heating and cooling systems, as well as solar thermal system monitoring technology. All-new construction at Bard includes the use of geothermal technology, and it has been put in place in all but one construction project since its introduction in the mid-1990s. Geothermal heating and cooling provides energy to 40 percent of the total building square footage of the College.

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).