is to enhance the sustainability of the College in its operations, academics, and outreach, while making Bard carbon neutral by 2035.


We seek to grow our environmental, social, and economic capital while operating within the limits of the ecosystem. Our primary work areas involve efficient transportation, the 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.



Laurie Husted

Chief Sustainability Officer


Dan Smith

Energy Manager and Special Projects Coordinator


Katrina Light

Supervisor of Food and Agricultural Programs



Bard’s Sustainability Timeline



  • Recycling Program begins
  • 1st geothermal system installed at the original Ravine Dormitories


  • Campus composting program begins


  • Community Garden opens


  • Resnick Commons Phase 1 opens, utilizing geothermal heating and cooling


  • Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts opens, utilizing geothermal heating and cooling


  • Bard Free Use Store opens
  • Re-usable material collection added to recycling and trash stations



  • Bard first participates in Recyclemania, the national recycling competition
  • Bard begins participation in the NYISO’s Energy Demand Response Programs, a program through which Bard was paid to reduce its electricity consumption while the power grid was under high demand


  • President Botstein signs the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
  • US EPA WasteWise Partner
  • Bard earns 2nd place in Food Scrap division, Recyclemania
  • Focus the Nation on Climate Change conference


  • Bard forms a Climate Commission
  • Prepares first Greenhouse Gas inventory
  • Conducts campus-wide energy audit
  • Clean Air Campus participant
  • 1st place in the Food Scrap division, Recyclemania
  • Campus-wide 350 Campaign
  • Bard hires Energy Coordinator


  • Sustainability Council formed
  • Bard’s Climate Action Plan released
  • Solar thermal systems installed at Tremblay and Keene Dorms
  • Global Warming Teach-In
  • Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative Wedge Workshop


  • Bard earns a Silver Award from STARS – Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System
  • Carshare arrives on campus
  • Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative Wedge Workshop


  • Bard Farm opens
  • Bard wins first place in Recyclemania – Food Scrap contest
  • Phaseout of bottled water deliveries, start of in-line filtration units
  • Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative Wedge Workshop


  • Single stream recycling begins
  • Bartlett 280kW Solar Array project goes on-line
  • Salamander Migration Community project begins


  • Demonstration Project in Green Infrastructure at Olin Lot
  • 1st place Recyclemania, Food Scrap contest
  • Top Ten in Campus Conservation Nationals
  • BardEATS council forms


  • Bard receives a Gold rating from STARS
  • Purchase of Renewable Energy Credits representing 20% electricity offsets
  • Reforming the Energy Vision Campus Challenge Achiever
  • Resnick Commons complete with 14 geothermal buildings


  • Bard purchases historic 380-acre Montgomery Place Estate
  • DOE Better Buildings Challenge participant at Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
  • NYSERDA Energy to Lead Micro Hydropower Award
  • Goats begin mowing Blithwood
  • Saw Kill Watershed Community forms


  • Bard improves Gold rating from STARS
  • College hires Supervisor of Food & Agricultural Programs
  • New Bard Master Plan includes sustainability