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Bard College

Bard College

These Lighting Upgrades Earn the Highest Marks

Bard College is a four-year liberal arts and sciences college in New York founded in 1860. With its strong commitment to empowering students, faculty and staff to work locally and nationally toward a greener future, Bard College engages in sustainability efforts on multiple fronts. One effort that helped the school achieve this goal was working with Lime Energy through the Central Hudson Commercial Lighting Program to make energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting upgrades throughout campus.

“With the help of the program, Bard College was able to conduct a campus-wide upgrade to its interior and exterior lighting stock, retrofitting over 6,300 fixtures with a mix of energy-efficient fluorescent and LED technology,” said Dan Smith, energy efficiency coordinator for Bard College’s Department of Building and Grounds. “The project improved light levels, aesthetic and maintenance outlooks while saving on power and energy costs. Bolstered by program incentives and expected to save more than 1,500,000 kWh annually, the project was extremely cost-effective with a payback of two years—a smart investment and a great outcome for the college.”

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