Our community is engaged in co-curricular and curricular sustainability activities on campus, in Red Hook, Dutchess County, greater New York State, and beyond.

We work to build awareness of the social, environmental, and economic ramifications of the actions they take.

Our People

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. Programs in Annandale reach into the nearby towns and villages of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Tivoli, and into 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.
  • Sustainability Policy for Employees - 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
  • Be a Policy Partner - The Bard Office of Sustainability and Center for Civic Engagement are crowdsourcing updates and building connections to policy work of local, state and national organizations working on climate and sustainability.  This new national effort is sweeping through higher ed around the U.S. to help the movement build capacity, raise awareness and make an impact. Each month, organizations will share the latest information on meaningful and important ways you 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  

November 2019


Take Action

NY Voters - 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.

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.


Sunrise Hudson Valley is part of the national Sunrise Movement which is building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Sunrise fights for a Green New Deal, legislation that will create millions of good unionized jobs by creating a mass mobilization to move our economy away from fossil fuels. Work to push Congressman Delgado and others on politically calculated climate stances, and help plan actions for the next climate strike. Meetings: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in Olin 202.



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.


Visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Bard's Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Difference and Media Project, an interdisciplinary, extra-departmental space for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


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