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Graduate students in the Bard Center for Environmental Policy conduct independent research and present their findings.
Graduate students in the Bard Center for Environmental Policy conduct independent research and present their findings.

Sustainability at Bard

Bard engages in sustainability efforts on multiple fronts. The College believes that the next generation of leaders will require unprecedented environmental expertise. To that end, we offer undergraduate, graduate, and dual-degree programs in environmental science and policy. Bard students, faculty, and staff work locally and nationally toward a greener future, from farming on campus to working on dialogues with U.S. politicians. Initiatives coordinated by the Bard Office of Sustainability—including recycling and conservation, green building, and energy efficiency—are taking the Annandale campus closer to its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035.

Bard College Farm


Undergraduate Programs

Environmental stewardship is a core element of Bard's emphasis on civic engagement and social responsibility. The College offers rigorous, interdisciplinary training in environmental studies and ensures that all undergraduate students receive science education.

Dual-Degree Programs

Dual-degree programs are available with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

Undergraduate:
  • 3+2 B.A./M.S. in Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy: An accelerated dual-degree program.
Graduate:
  • M.S. and J.D. with Pace Law School
  • M.S. and M.A.T. with Bard’s Master of Arts in Teaching
  • 3+2 B.A./M.S. in Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy

Graduate Programs

Through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability, the College gives students the tools to excel in green business and government.

Programs of Study:
  • M.S. in Environmental Policy
  • M.S. in Climate Science and Policy
  • M.B.A. in Sustainability
  • Professional Certificate Programs
Peace Corps Programs:
  • Master's International Program
  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Institutional Initiatives

Local Initiatives

  • Bard College Farm This student-operated organic farm on the Bard campus sells produce to the College's dining service provider, works to educate students about food systems, and connects Bard to the regional agricultural community.
  • 10% Challenge Red Hook, N.Y. The 10% Challenge is a call to reduce energy use in Red Hook, N.Y. by 10 percent.
  • Bard Biodiesel Cooperative The Bard Biodiesel Cooperative was started as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project to produce biodiesel on campus for the Bard community.

National Programs

  • Campus to Congress: C2C involves students across the nation in conversations about climate solutions with elected officials.