Sustainability Events

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Business Fridays: Natural Capital Valuation

Friday, October 3, 2014, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Libby Bernick is Senior Vice President of North America for Trucost, a London-based firm that measures and financially values natural capital. Since 2000, corporations and Investors have used Trucost data and econometric tools to uncover more resilient business models and direct the flow of capital to more sustainable systems. As a member of Trucost’s senior leadership team, she manages the company’s North American business. Libby has worked in executive positions developing products and programs that enable companies to measure resource and commodity risks in portfolios and supply chains across North America, Europe, and Asia. An author of numerous articles and a frequent speaker at international industry forums on valuing natural capital, Bernick is expert in business strategies that incorporate sustainability-based market opportunities and environmental metrics. Ms. Bernick has degrees in engineering, chemistry and biology and over 30 years of experience working with businesses to integrate environmental performance into operations and decision-making

Call Information
October 3
12-1PM EST
Dial in: 712-432-3100
Conference Code: 253385

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

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National Climate Seminar: State Level Climate Action & Obama's Policy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Albee B102

Dallas Burtraw is one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental regulation in the electricity sector. For two decades, he has worked on creating a more efficient and politically rational method for controlling air pollution. He also studies electricity restructuring, competition, and economic deregulation. He is particularly interested in incentive-based approaches for environmental regulation, the most notable of which is a tradable permit system, and recently has studied ways to introduce greater cost-effectiveness into regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385

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Obama's Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 1150 6th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036
Date – October 8, 2014
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Bard College, Center for Environmental Policy - 1150 6th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036
Moderator: Eban Goodstein - Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy 
Panelists: Monique Segarra, Policy Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Judith Enk, Administrator for EPA's Region 2 Office in New York; David Goldston, Director, Government Affairs, Natural Resources Defense CouncilBill Holland, State Policy Director, New York League of Conservation Voters; 
Topic: 'Obama’s Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities'
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, released in June 2013,  detailed three areas of focus: Cut Carbon Pollution in America; Prepare the US for Impacts of Climate Change; and Lead International Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change. However, increasingly ominous scientific reports from the United Nations (UNEP l IPCC) and the dysfunction in the United States legislature seem to have morphed the President’s plan into more of a scramble toward sustainability. 

Using the authority of the Clean Air Act, Obama’s EPA is moving forward with proposed regulations on global warming pollution from existing power plants. The EPA’s target is 17% reductions below 2006 levels by 2020, but the final outcome will be determined as the states actually move to implement the regulations. Today, citizen groups have an unprecedented opportunity to drive the state level dialog, and advocate for deeper emission cuts. This panel will examine the background for the latest EPA action, and the possible impacts regionally, nationally, and globally over the next few years. 

About SPN:
The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New-York-based forum for professionals working with corporate responsibility and sustainability issues to build community based on learning, discussion, information and idea exchange. There are over fifteen hundred members on our list-serve, representing practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGO's. For more information please visit:
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National Climate Seminar: Palm Oil Boom, Climate Bust

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Albee B102

Sharon works with the Tropical Forest & Climate Initiative to reduce deforestation emissions related to land use, with a particular focus on palm oil. In this role, she leverages science and public opinion to help persuade companies and institutions to adopt significant, lasting and measurable sustainability policies related to tropical commodity supply chains. Previously Sharon drove forward grassroots efforts to secure a landmark endangered forest protection commitment from Boise and a climate change policy from Citi. Sharon is the author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World and is passionate about nurturing leadership at the heart of movements for environmental sustainability. She holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in anthropology and B.S. in conservation and resources studies from U.C. Berkeley. She is also a graduate of Green Corps, a fellowship for environmental organizing.

Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385

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Life After Bard: Building a Career in Environmental Education

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:00 pm, Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Food Day Celebration

Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Kline Commons

Join us at Kline Commons on Friday October 24th for the Dining Services National Food Day celebration! The day begins at 11:30 a.m. on the Kline terrace with a local farmer's market selling locally grown and produced products. Be sure to bring your reusable totes for all of your purchases. 

Come learn about Bard's participation in the Real Food Challenge, meet the farmers who feed us, and join us for a local farmer appreciation lunch ($9 gets you all you can eat!)

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National Climate Seminar: Policy and Drought in CA

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Albee B102

Kate Poole is a Senior Attorney* with NRDC’s Water and Wildlife team and litigation director of the Water Program. She served as lead counsel for NRDC in NRDC v. Kempthorne and PCFFA v. Gutierrez, which reformed the operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project to reduce their impacts on threatened and endangered fish. Ms. Poole also directs other litigation efforts for NRDC's Water Program, including efforts to restore the San Joaquin River and ensure that long-term contracts for the diversion and use of California's rivers comply with environmental and natural resource protection laws. Before coming to NRDC, Ms. Poole was a partner with the law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo, and was of counsel at the Seattle office of Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Poole graduated from the University of Michigan with a magna cum laude Bachelor's degree in economics. She received a cum laude Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
*Admitted in California

Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385

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National Climate Seminar:Potential Social Impact

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Albee B102

Author of  Celebritus Politicus: Neo-liberal Sustainabilities and the Terrains of Care. In: Fridell, G. and Konings, M. (eds.) Age of Icons: Exploring Philanthrocapitalism in the Contemporary World. Published by Toronto Press, Toronto.

Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385

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National Climate Seminar: Fugitive Emissions: How Big?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Albee B102

Garvin Heath is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100
Code: 253385

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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Open House for Applicants and Interested Students

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Olin Language Center, Room 115
Join Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability for our Fall semester Open House! Both applicants and interested students to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability are invited and encouraged to attend.

Attendees will learn about our programs of study, how to apply, and speak one-on-one with admissions staff, faculty, and students. 

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Time Session
10:30 Registration and Refreshments
11:00 Opening Remarks with Director Goodstein
11:30  Break out sessions with Faculty (Bard MBA and Bard CEP held separately)
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Program Overview (Bard MBA and Bard CEP held separately)
1:30 Tour of Campus with Bard CEP Current Students
Attendees of the Open House receive a $65 application fee waiver.

Degree Options:
MS in Environmental Policy
MS in Climate Science and Policy
MBA in Sustainability 

Dual Degree Options:
MS/MBA with Bard MBA 
MS/MAT with Bard MAT 
MS/JD with Pace Law School

Peace Corps Programs:
Master's International Program (for future PCVs)
Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Programs (for RPCVs)
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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Information Session in
New York City

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, New York City
Join us in New York City for an Open House hosted by the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability. Admissions staff, faculty, and current students will be on hand to provide an overview of the programs offered, answer questions, and share tips on how to make your application stand out. 

This event will be held in our New York City classroom located at 1150 6th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

For more information and to RSVP to this event, please contact Caitlin O'Donnell, Graduate Admission Assistant at

We hope to see you there!
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