A signatory of ACUPCC and TreeCampus USA, Bard College is known for offering great research opportunities for undergraduates, and it’s no different when it comes to sustainability. Students can major in environmental and urban studies with links to the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City and to internship and study abroad opportunities. Through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy Bard College undergraduates may proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study at Bard to one of the two-year master’s degree programs: MS in environmental policy or in climate science & policy. Bard is home to a global public health concentration, a field station for biological research on the Hudson’s ecosystems, and Hudsonia, a nonprofit research institute dedicated to preserving these ecosystems. Partnerships with other institutions provide summer programs for students, including the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the nearby Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, and Rockefeller University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program. The Bard Office of Sustainability recruits environmental stewardship representatives in each dorm, and runs Free-Use, a free “store” where discarded clothing, dishes, and other household items collected in dorms are made available for reuse by students. Forty percent of Bard's square footage uses geothermal heating and cooling systems. On-site solar thermal panel arrays have been installed on two residence halls, and the college recently purchased a hybrid diesel electric shuttle bus. The Bard EATS (Eating Awareness Transforms Society) program serves as a structure for Bard's commitment to providing sustainable and local food. The program includes the educational opportunities arising from the Real Food Challenge commitment signed March 2013 and the on campus farm that provides food to Bard Dining. The Bard Farm is a 1.25-acre sustainable urban farm that organically grows fruits and vegetables to sell to Chartwells, the campus dining service. Located on Bard’s campus and worked by students, the farm, with its visibility and its accessibility, demonstrates the realities of small-scale farming and the potential for community to develop around food. 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, 280 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array near the athletic fields, solar thermal hot water systems at Keene and Tremblay Dormitories, and a 9 kilowatt hybrid solar electric demonstration system at South Hall Dormitory. In the Fall of 2014, the college installed a green infrastructure project using permeable asphalt and other low impact design features, including a constructed wetland, at a main parking lot.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.