Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.69
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 8, 2020

STARS v2.2

Bard College
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Dan Smith
Energy Efficiency Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Municipal Street Lighting Upgrades

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Bard is collaborating with the Town of Red Hook (and NY Power Authority) to upgrade all street lights in the municipal Lighting District to LED (which includes a number of fixtures on the Bard campus). This is part of a larger effort by a consortium of municipalities in the NY Mid-Hudson Valley, to petition the NYS Public Service Commission and solicit engineering and project assistance from NYPA.

The Chief Sustainability Officer and Energy Manager for Bard sit on the Energy Committee for Red Hook, and have volunteered time to help manage the project, by vetting documents/specs/figures and assisting with implementation.

This is innovative because it breaks a decades-long system, wherein the Electric Utilities own the fixtures, and lease them to municipalities (at great cost, both in rental fees and energy supply). Utilities are generally not great stewards of there fixture property (O&M issues), and are reluctant to upgrade old fixtures to LED (i.e. incur costs and sell less energy). The local utility's current plan is to upgrade 5% of fixtures to LED, per year-- and charge greater rental and supply fees.

The entire project includes a buy-out of all fixtures, putting ownership into the hands of the municipality, and to upgrade 100% of fixtures to LED. This will lead to cost-savings from energy savings and avoiding monthly rental fees.

Project development started in 2016/2017, and implementation is planned for Summer 2020.

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