Our community is engaged in co-curricular and curricular sustainability activities.

The students, staff, and faculty of Bard College work together to engage in initiatives—both on and off campus—that reflect the College's sustainability mission. From the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson, in the Town of Red Hook we connect with the nearby villages of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Tivoli, the City of Kingston, and the greater Hudson Valley. Our view of sustainability looks not only toward green initiatives, but also to a larger view of the health and wellness of our community.


  • Staff and Faculty Sustainable Policy Partners - tell us what not for profits and advocacy groups you follow or would like to followThe Bard Office of Sustainability and Center for Civic Engagement are crowdsourcing expertise and content updates from our faculty and staff that will build campus connections to organizations working on climate and sustainability.  This new national effort will help build capacity, raise awareness and make an impact. Bardians can share the latest information on meaningful and important ways the rest of the community can get involved on relevant issues in real time. Want to be a Sustainability Policy Partner? Fill out this form to provide updates on an organization or an issue you are passionate about.  Don’t have an organization but want to get involved? Find one on our list of organizations that need a follower -just email reduce@bard.edu  

December 2019


Take Action

Sierra Club*:  Sign this petition to urge Governor Cuomo to develop a plan to reduce transportation emissions by 55% by 2035.  For years, environmental legislation languished on the floor of the New York state senate, where defenders of our environment and climate lacked the votes needed to protect the people and places we love. Now, with a transformed state senate and a renewed sense of urgency to fight climate change, that has all changed. In June, New York made history by committing to transitioning to net-zero emissions by 2050, but Governor Cuomo is yet to detail the state's plan for reducing transportation emissions, currently our largest source of carbon emissions. Sign this petition to urge Governor Cuomo to develop a plan to reduce transportation emissions by 55% by 2035. 

Riverkeeper*:  State legislators are considering two bills to strengthen clean water protections for New York’s freshwater wetlands and streams as the Trump Administration undercuts federal protections for them. Last year, the legislation to protect an additional 41,000 miles of “Class C” streams passed by a bipartisan margin of 51-11 in the state Senate but failed to come up to a vote in the Assembly. The wetlands protection legislation stalled on the floor of the Assembly and never made it out of the Environmental Conservation Committee in the Senate. We need your help getting these critical bills across the finish line next year.  Visit the Action page.

*Riverkeeper and Sierra Club need Bardian Policy Partners

Students: Citizens' Climate Lobby Call Congress contest through December 31.  Reach out to lauriehusted@gmail.com for how to get involved. CCL meets monthly on campus on the 2nd Saturdays, Olin Language Center, 12:45-2:30pm. Drop in! Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL):  CCL is building political will for a livable world by lobbying for federal legislation. Legislation currently in the House - The Energy Innovation Act - proposes putting a price on carbon pollution and return a dividend check to households.


  • Sustainability for Staff - It is the incumbent upon our community to lead through sustainable behaviors that help end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Employees are encouraged to participate in in-person sustainability training offered monthly during lunch, and to use the resources found at Reduce.   To request a training appointment please email reduce@bard.edu


Bard staff and off-campus students can access resources that allow them to engage in sustainable behaviors, both on and off campus. BoS works to support sustainability efforts in the local municipalities (Town & Village of Red Hook, Village of Tivoli) and Dutchess County.


Bard is working to accelerated the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development GoalsBardCCE connects this notion to the Bard Network through their Resource Page

President Botstein has endorsed putting a price on carbon and put Bard in the Leadership Circle of the Higher Education Carbon Pricing Initiative 


Human Resources

Staff wellness programs are an important component to a healthy workforce. Our Athletics Department offers exercise classes open to faculty and staff.


Students make a difference at Bard in many ways through how they live, work, study and play.  We celebrate the plethora of student clubs who integrate sustainability principles.

Spotlight - Bike Coop: 2019 Hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7pm-9pm. Get in touch with them through bardbicycle@gmail.com or on Instagram @bardbikecoop