About Us

About Us
The Bard Orcapelicans participate in Moving Planet Day at Red Hook's Hardscrabble event.
The Bard Office of Sustainability (BoS) promotes sustainability at Bard and in the greater community.
BoS will:
  • make progress toward achieving President Botstein’s American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) pledge to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.
  • identify sustainability 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, Sustainability Manager, 845-758-7180, husted@bard.edu
  • Dan Smith, Energy Efficiency Coordinator, 845-758-7451, djsmith@bard.edu
  • BOS Office: Buildings & Grounds, 2nd Floor, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000, reduce@bard.edu


Students serve on the Sustainability Council, work for BoS through the work study program, and volunteer through the EcoRep program.  Additional opportunities arise throughout the year. Example positions include:
  • Representatives to the Sustainability Council
  • BOS work-study students: EcoRep Coordinators, Pedicab Pedalers, Recycle Yard Assistants, Office Assistants, Research Projects
  • EcoReps—volunteers in the residence halls

Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council (SC) advises the College on sustainability issues, and collaborates on sustainability events such as the Stabilization Wedge Workshop, Campus to Congress Leadership events, and Polar Plunges.  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. 

Starting in 2015, the SC will be awarding mini grants of up to $2000 for campus sustainability projects.  Proposal deadline is 2/13/2015.  Contact reduce@bard.edu for application materials or click on the pdf below the SC Members.

Co-Chairs, Laurie Husted, Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability and Tom O'Dowd, Executive Administrator for the Environmental & Urban Studies Program
  • Erin Cannan: Chair - Engagement, Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Gretchen Perry: Chair - Mitigation & Adaptation, Dean of Campus Safety & Operations
  • Nathan Shockey: Chair - Academics, Assistant Professor Japanese
  • Dan Smith: Chair - Operations, Energy Efficiency Coordinator
  • Taun Toay: Chair - Planning & Administration, Associate Vice President


Coleen Murphy Alexander: Assoc. VP for Admin & Campus Operations, Timand Bates, Assistant Dean of Students, SAO; Jim Brudvig: Vice President for Administration; Deanna Cochran: Special Projects Manager, Office of VP for Administration; Michele Dominy: Vice President and Dean of the College; Alyssa Freeman: undergraduate student representative; Eban Goodstein:  Director of Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard MBA in Sustainability; Munan (Gareth) Li: undergraduate student representative; Robyn Smyth, BardCEP faculty