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.
  • Representative to the Sustainability Council
  • BOS work-study students:
    • EcoRep Coordinators, Compost Commandos, Recycle Yard Assistants, Office Assistants, Research Projects
  • EcoReps—volunteers in the residence halls

Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council advises the College on sustainability issues. The SC collaborated on the Stabilization Wedge Workshop, Campus to Congress Leadership event, and the Polar Plunge.  In addition, they help move the college along the STARS spectrum from the current rating of silver to a gold by 2015.


  • Laurie Husted: Co-Chair, Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability
  • Tom O'Dowd: Co-Chair, Executive Administrator for EUS
  • Dan Smith: Chair Operations, Energy Efficiency Coordinator
  • Nathan Shockey: Chair Academics, Assistant Professor Japanese
  • Taun Toay: Chair, Planning & Administration, Associate Vice President
  • Coleen Murphy Alexander: Assoc. VP for Admin & Campus Operations
  • 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
  • Gretchen Perry: Dean of Campus Life
  • Eban Goodstein:  Director of Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard MBA in Sustainability
  • Robyn Smyth, BardCEP faculty
  • Erin Canaan: Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement