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

STARS v2.2

Bard College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Taun Toay
Associate Vice President
Vice President
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The mission of the Bard Sustainability Council is to assist the college in serving as a model of sustainability in higher education, in our curriculum, in our operations, and in planning for our future. To help achieve climate neutrality by 2035, the Sustainability Council conducts sustainabiltiy planning, advises the College on sustainability issues, and collaborates on sustainability events such as the EcoChallenge. In addition, they support STARS reporting. Finally, the Council manages the release of annual mini grants for campus sustainability.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

"Laurie Husted: Chair, Chief Sustainability Officer
Council Chairs:
Erin Cannan: Chair (Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Civic Engagement)
Kris Feder: Chair (Academics, Associate Professor of Economics; Co-Director, Environmental and Urban Studies Program)
Dan Smith: Chair (Operations, Energy Manager)
Taun Toay: Chair (Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer)
Malia Du Mont: Chief of Staff & VP for Strategy and Policy, Coleen Murphy Alexander: Vice President for Administration, Kimberly Alexander: Director of Human Resources, Timand Bates: Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Transfer Students, Jim Brudvig: Bard Faculty, Randy Clum: Director, Buildings & Grounds, Patrick Clarkson: Assistant Director of Housing, Area Coordinator for South Campus, Deanna Cochran: Executive Assistant and Program Administration for the Vice President for Administration, Katie Boyle: Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard MBA in Sustainability, Sarah deVeer: Bard Center for Civic Engagement.
Students: Iris Burbank, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Karianne Canfield, Katie Esposito, undergraduate college representatives
Faculty Subcommittee chair is appointed at the recommendation of the Dean of the College, while the student representative is elected by their peers. "

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Bard Office of Sustainability (BOS) is to enhance the sustainability of the College in its operations, academics, and outreach, while making Bard carbon neutral by 2035. We seek to enhance our environmental, social, and economic capital while operating within the limits of the ecosystem. Our primary work areas involve efficient transportation, flow of goods, and energy use. We foster dialogue among community members, assess new technology and industry best practices, coordinate projects, develop policy, and market programs. We believe all community members have a part in furthering sustainability.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Laurie Husted, Chief Sustainability Officer, Dan Smith, Energy Manager & Special Projects Coordinator, Rebecca Yoshino, Bard Farm Coordinator and Educator, Brittany Florio, Food Program Supervisor

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Sustainability Council, chaired by the Chief Sustainability Officer, enables cross campus collaboration and approvals. Accomplishments include annual sustainability mini grants for campus sustainability projects, green energy procurement, and triennial STARS submissions.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Chief Sustainability Officer

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

"Serve as a visionary leader and organizational strategist to help Bard become a model for sustainability in higher education. The CSO oversees the sustainability of the College in its operations, academics, and outreach, while making Bard net carbon neutral. Work mitigates impacts, helps Bard adapt to change and lets the institution be more resilient. This work occurs so that our faculty, staff and students can thrive within the limits of the ecosystem.ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
● Develop and execute strategies to address the Sustainability thematic areas of Energy,
Water, Materials Management, Land Use & Transportation, Agriculture & Open Space
and Mitigation/Adaptation/Resiliency as applicable to Operations but also including
Academics, Engagement and Planning/Administration
● Provide supplementary curricular content through classroom visits, create co-curricular
programming on campus and in the community
● Assist with identifying and preparing grant applications
● Administer department including budget management
● Build effective partnerships internally and with surrounding communities and key
● Manage Green Fund and serve as Chair of Sustainability Council"

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Energy Manager

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Oversee the implementation of projects and policies related to institutional energy consumption and building performance. Primary mission is to reduce institution-wide energy and carbon footprints, improve the performance and maintenance outlook of facilities, actualize the Bard Climate Action Plan and achieve net-zero-energy and carbon-neutrality by 2035. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: ● Oversee implementation of facilities upgrades and capital equipment replacements, including: Lighting upgrades, HVAC equipment upgrades, Automation controls upgrades & commissioning, and Building envelope upgrades (e.g. insulation, fenestration, air sealing, etc.) ● Identify, develop, and implement energy-saving measures on campus, including: conduct feasibility and cost-benefit analysis, secure grants and incentive funding from various government, utility, and NGO programs. ● Develop and actualize Climate Action Plan and Energy Master Plan: conduct annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory and fulfill reporting requirements, develop related policy, implement projects ● Participate on Bard Sustainability Council, as Chair for Operations ● Assist with other B&G projects and new construction projects as needed.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Bard Farm Coordinator & Educator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

"This position aims to connect the College with our local food shed and the understanding that farming and eating is an agricultural, ecological, and social act, inextricably rooted within the land and our community. It supports the colleges commitment and ongoing interest in sustainability, food systems, local foods access, land based research and student, faculty and staff engagement opportunities. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: ● Develop and implement annual Bard Farm plan in accordance with college
stakeholder needs including dining services and academic programs, implementing current best practices, organic and food safety standards. ● Train and supervise all student farm workers and volunteers in the safe planting, cultivating, harvest and post harvest handling of agricultural crops, coordinated delivery, sales and record keeping. ● Facilitate opportunities that help support co-curricular programmatic and academic goals of Bard faculty. Cultivate relationships through on campus events, projects, and communications among students, faculty, and staff at the college and with community members across the Hudson Valley, including guest lecturing in Bard classes, hosting field visits, guest lecturers, workshops and programming for academic classes. ● Develop and manage annual operating budget, purchasing, billing and any capital development projects related to Bard Farm. Manage fiscal and reporting requirements of any awarded grants. Work with academic programs, regional partners and Development Office to identify funding sources and opportunities that support agricultural and land based academic research and program development. Maintain all relevant production, sales and purchasing records.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
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