|Submission Date||June 9, 2017|
|2.50 / 3.00||
Energy Efficiency Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
- Bard Green Purchasing Policy & Guide
- Bard EATS and Real Food Standards rubrics
- IT department EPEAT Gold
- Paper Purchasing
- Environmental Services cleaning products policy
- Building and Grounds chemical and grounds products
- Green construction and renovation policy
Policies can be found at:
When purchasing major equipment - factors such as energy and water efficiency, maintenance costs, and disposal costs are all considered prior to purchase.
For purchasing durable goods, preference is given to items with demonstrated longevity, non-hazardous materials, and sustainable sourcing. For example: choosing non-hazardous products that do not require special disposal and fees.
All departments give preference to chemical products that are Green Seal, SCS & Ecologo certified.
Bard has a set of guidelines for all new construction projects to ensure energy-efficiency and green design:
New Construction & Major Renovation Policy:
IT department always purchases equipment with EPEAT GOLD rating.
All food service vendors, including Chartwells Higher Education and other food-related concession operators, are vetted by Bard EATS (Eating Awareness Transforms Society) group and must demonstrate their ability to adhere to its mission and the Real Food Standards rubric. This criterion is disseminated to food service vendors who wish to do business with Bard, who are evaluated on their ability to meet those goals.
The Green Onion, our campus convenience store has committed to reducing all concession packaging by 5%. They will accomplish this by increasing bulk infrastructure and offerings and will work with Bard's Food Sustainability Director to accomplish this goal.
We are currently working on increasing healthy and local products for our vending machines, however no quantitative goal has been set at this time.
Though not explicit to vehicles and fuels, the spirit of the Building & Grounds Dept. policy "F-BERD-008: Environmentally Sound Product Procurement", and the "Bard Green Purchasing Policy & Guide", extend to the actions of supervisors and directors when making any purchasing decisions. New vehicles are evaluated on these preferences, and include the following outcomes:
- Each year, the Buildings & Grounds Dept. allocates a portion of its budget to replace the oldest and least fuel-efficient vehicles in its fleet with newer models with improved fuel economy, replacing over a dozen vehicles this way in since 2012.
-Since 2010, B&G has experimented with the purchase (2) all-electric vans, (2) high-efficiency "mini" trucks, and (1) electric-hybrid shuttle bus.
- Since 2010, the Transportation Dept. has purchased four electric-hybrid sedans (Toyota Pruis) for its fleet, which are provided to other departments for short and long trips.
- In 2013, Bard installed its first electric charging station at the Alumni Center, and is currently developing a project to install four more charging stations on campus.
The Bard Climate Action Plan (ver. July 2017) also outlines the College’s preferences and strategies for fleet management, alternative transportation and renewable fuels, with the goal to completely gradually transition to a no/low carbon fleet by 2035.
B&G Dept. Policy No. F-BERD-008: Environmentally Sound Product Procurement
Download the Bard CAP at:
All departments give preference to wood & paper products that are FSC certified (as per the Bard Green Purchasing Policy & Guide).
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.