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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bard College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Laurie Husted
Sustainability Manager
Bard Office of Sustainability (BoS)
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

There is a link to a central sustainability website off the main Bard page. It includes information about the undergraduate Environmental & Urban Studies degree, Bard Office of Sustainability, Center for Civic Engagement, the MBA in Sustainability, and Bard Center for Environmental Policy, as well as information about local and regional sustainability efforts.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Environmental and Urban Studies Program sends a newsletter to students affiliated with the program and students and faculty outside of the program who have expressed interest in sustainability. The newsletter includes dates for seminars and volunteer and work opportunities that incorporate sustainability.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

Facebook pages for the Bard Office of Sustainability, EcoReps, and BardEATS.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The BoS website has a page titled Academics & Research" where Sustainability Senior Projects and research are linked.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

We have Energy Star plaques on two of our Energy Star buildings: Robbins and the Alumni/ae House


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The Office of Sustainability has published table toppers in dining halls to inform and educate students, faculty, and staff about the importance of local agriculture. BardEATS has permanent display kiosks and a bulletin board. There is signage about the composting program at the dish return area.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

A primary commuter lot was repaved with permeable asphalt and outfitted with a water-retaining bioswale. Both entrances to the lot have visuals and scientific information on how the system works.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

We have a village to campus safe bike trail to encourage people to shop locally via bike. It includes local farm stands. Further, the Bard Arboretum produces a seasonal walking tour map oriented around ecological preservation. Regular campus Admissions tours highlight some of our campus sustainability features including our geothermal buildings, solar arrays, and food scrap system, as well as our Urban Cultivator that produces microgreens.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The BoS website and the main transportation website include information about the county LOOP bus, carsharing (Zipcar), ridesharing (NY511) and other alternative methods of transportation.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Maps and resources are available on BoS site.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Part of orientation is the dissemination of the Sustainability Manual/ EcoRep Handbook that catalogs green living on campus.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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