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

Britt Florio

Supervisor of Food Programs

Rebecca Yoshino

Bard Farm Coordinator & Educator


There are many ways students can get involved on campus. There are several different roles including;

Also, there are training opportunities available where any student can become BardE3 Certified

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 available on a rolling basis annually 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), Office of Sustainability

  • Erin Cannan: Chair - Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Civic Engagement
  • Kris Feder: Chair - Academics, Associate Professor of Economics; CoDirector, Environmental and Urban Studies Program.
  • Dan Smith: Chair - Operations, Energy Manager
  • Taun Toay: Chair - Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Coleen Murphy Alexander: Vice President for Administration, Kimberly Alexander: Director of Human Resources, Timand Bates: Assistant Dean of 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

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, BardE3 Fellow, Farm Worker, BardEATS program manager, Pedicab Pedaler, Recycle Yard Worker, Office Assistant, Special Sustainability Project Lead, FreeUse Worker, BikeShare Manager and more
  • Non work study students: Real Food Challenge Calculator
  • BardE3s — paid Program Leaders & Team Members, sustainability volunteers in the residence halls


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