We promote sustainability at Bard and in the greater community

We strive to:
  • Make progress toward achieving President Botstein’s American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) pledge to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.
  • Identify opportunities to lower energy use, reduce risk, enhance living conditions, and offer financial savings.
  • Integrate sustainability issues into research, scholarship, and student life.
  • Provide student work-study positions and internships.

Laurie Husted

Chief Sustainability Officer

Dan Smith

Energy Manager & Special Projects Coordinator

Katrina Light

Supervisor of Food & Agricultural Programs

Rebecca Yoshino

Bard Farm Coordinator & Educator


We love our student interns and volunteers!

  • Ella McGrail, Sustainability Engagement Intern
  • Danielle Degutz, BardE3s Supervisor for Recyclemania and Drawdown EcoChallenge

Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council (SC) conducts sustainability planning, advises the College on sustainability issues, and collaborates on sustainability events. In addition, they helped move the college along the STARS spectrum from a silver rating to a gold rating for the 2011-2014 reporting period.

The SC awards mini grants of up to $2000 to faculty and staff to develop research projects, classes, pedagogies, or projects on the Annandale campus (or the surrounding region) that promote themes of sustainability. Funding is currently available on a rolling basis through April 7, 2017 for class projects that promote sustainability on campus. Proposals accepted one to two times per year. Contact reduce@bard.edu for application materials or click on the pdf below the SC Members.

Laurie Husted: Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)- Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability

  • Erin Cannan: Chair - Engagement, Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Felicia Keesing: Chair - Academics, David and Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
  • Dan Smith: Chair - Operations, Energy Manager
  • Taun Toay: Chair - Planning & Administration, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff

Coleen Murphy Alexander: Assoc. VP for Admin & Campus Operations, Timand Bates: Assistant Dean of Students, Jim Brudvig: Chief Financial Officer, Deanna Cochran: Special Projects Manager, Office of VP for Administration, Katrina Light: Supervisor of Food and Agricultural Programs, Katie Boyle: Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard MBA in Sustainability, Sarah deVeer: Bard Center for Civic Engagement

Get involved!

Students serve on the Sustainability Council, work for BoS through the work study program, and volunteer through the BardE3s and BardEATS programs.

Additional opportunities arise throughout the year. Example positions include:

  • Representatives to the Sustainability Council
  • Work-study students: Sustainability Engagement Intern, BardE3s Coordinator, Pedicab Pedaler, Recycle Yard Worker, Office Assistant, Special Sustainability Projects, FreeUse Worker, BikeShare Manager,
  • Non work study students: Real Food Challenge Calculator
  • BardE3s — sustainability volunteers in the residence halls


We also welcome community partnerships! Contact us if you are interested in collaborating in a project.