About Us

About Us
A group of Bard representatives, local officials, and EFC representatives poses at the walking tour and "christening" of the Bard Regional Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project.
The Bard Office of Sustainability (BOS) promotes sustainability at Bard and in the greater community.

We strive to:
  • make progress toward achieving President Botstein’s American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) pledge to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.
  • identify 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
  • Eliot Meyer, Sustainability Engagement Intern, 845-752-4383, em1135@bard.edu  
  • BOS Office: Buildings & Grounds, 2nd Floor, Room 200E, 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 Coordinator, Pedicab Pedaler, Recycle Yard Worker, Office Assistant, Special Sustainability Projects, FreeUse Worker, BikeShare Manager
  • 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. 

The SC awards mini grants of up to $2000 to faculty and staff to develop research projects, classes, pedagogies, or projects on the Annandale campus (or the surrounding region) that promote themes of sustainability.  Proposals accepted one to two times per year.  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
  • Peter Klein: Chair - Academics, Assistant Professor Sociology and Environmental & Urban Studies
  • 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; Xaver Kandler: undergraduate student representative; Iyioluwa Okunlola, Bard Center for Environmental Policy Intern, Steven Patch, Enrollment & Marketing, Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard MBA in Sustainability.