What are Bard-E3s? Enthusiastic advocates of the three sustainability E’s—Environment, Equity, and Economy—here at Bard.
Environment: The places where people and other organisms live, work, travel, and play. To create a sustainable world we must make sure that the spaces where we exist—from the national parks to the city streets—are maintained in a way that promotes wellbeing and are preserved for future generations.
Equity: As resources and land grow more scarce as a result of over-consumption and climate change, existing inequalities will become even more defined. Racial, economic, gender, and other forms of inequality are impacted by environmental problems. An important part of sustainability is ensuring that everyone is given equal access to resources that will allow them to protect their wellbeing.
Economy: The economy is the system through which people meet their material needs, which contributes to their physical and emotional wellbeing. Thus a sustainable future must include an economy that promotes the sustainable use of resources and the equitable treatment of all people.
These are big terms that cover a wide range of important issues, but as a Bard-E you can promote the three E’s right here on campus. Bard-E’s can help by volunteering to build blue bird habitats, making art out of reclaimed material, attending our phone banking sessions to ask lawmakers to support sustainable legislation, and otherwise taking part in Bard’s sustainability programs whenever you’re able. “Bard-E” is not an official position, it’s a role you assume every time you do something to make Bard a more sustainable place.