Energy, Facilities, and Climate Initiative
The main Bard campus in Annandale comprises more than 150 buildings totaling 1,260,000 square feet. In addition to the main campus, in 2016 Bard acquired the nearby Montgomery Place property. The campus has support infrastructure such as street and path lighting, facilities for freshwater distribution, a site for receiving and treating sewage, and a fleet of maintenance and security vehicles.
- Lighting: campus-wide upgrade of interior and exterior lighting to LED and high-efficiency fluorescent technology
- Geothermal: as an early adopter of geothermal heat-exchange technology in its building construction practices, Bard has incorporated the technology in all new construction since the mid 1990s. Today, roughly 40 percent of the total building square footage on campus utilizes geothermal heat exchange for space heating and cooling.
- On-site Solar: 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
- Controls Upgrades: several buildings have had complete overhauls of their HVAC controls, allowing for more automation and efficient use of equipment.
- Insulation/Weatherization: full or partial envelope renovations of several buildings, including added wall and attic insulation, new windows, or other air-sealing techniques
- Equipment Upgrades: as capital equipment reaches its end of life, it is replaced with a high-efficiency model.