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"Bard College Shines"
Author: Klier, Gerhard,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: January/February 2012

With its park-like campus location overlooking the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains in New York's Hudson Valley, it's no wonder that Bard College is committed to being green. At the liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, students learn and live in 25 geothermal buildings on campus that don't burn fossil fuels on site. Instead of driving to class, they walk, take shuttles, or even can borrow electric bikes. When their old light bulbs blow out, they trade them in for compact fluorescent light bulbs supplied by the college, which has given out more than 1,000 of the more efficient bulbs. The newest innovation--solar thermal panels for hot water at two residence halls--is the latest example of the college's forward-thinking efficient and ecological initiatives as well as being an energy- and cost-saver. The solar thermal project is part of Bard's ongoing green initiatives and another step toward meeting the goals in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment pledge signed by college president Leon Botstein in 2008.

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