Bard College Catalogue 2012-13
Innovations in Science and Sustainability
Bard College is dedicated to addressing contemporary environmental challenges and committed to providing educational reform in the sciences. In 2011, the College introduced the Citizen Science Program (see page 18), a two-and-a-half-week course required of all first-year students that promotes science literacy and introduces scientific methods by looking at a particular issue—infectious disease, for example—from different approaches. Program participation includes the opportunity to teach in one of five local school districts. Other innovative programs include the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, which cosponsors an M.B.A. degree program in sustainability with the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College; the Global and International Studies Program’s public health track; and partnerships with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and New York City’s Rockefeller University. Plans include the creation of an institute that addresses the teaching of science. Additionally, the campus community is actively involved in efforts to reduce energy, recycle, preserve the campus’s landscape and biodiversity, and work with local organizations on various energy and environmental concerns.
Campus to Congress (C2C) C2C is a public policy initiative of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy. The goals are to directly engage students at Bard and at colleges and high schools across the country with leaders in Congress, corporations, and city halls on issues of climate change and clean energy; move U.S. policy forward; and accelerate the learning curve for a cohort of students who must coalesce into a leadership generation. Video dialogues and conference calls on climate and sustainability topics provide students with unique educational opportunities, and also serve to voice the concerns of students across the nation. For more information and a schedule of national phone-in conversations, visit www.bard.edu/cep/ncs.
10-Percent Challenge The 10 Percent Challenge, a project of Red Hook Together (see below), is a call to the community to reduce its annual energy consumption by 10 percent. The program provides information on a variety of ways in which individuals and social networks can contribute, including composting, tree planting, changing transportation habits, building green, auditing home energy use, recycling, reusing items through swap and thrift shops, and shopping locally. For more information, go to www.redhookchallenge.org.
Student-led Science and Sustainability Projects Recent TLS projects and other student initiatives include the Bard Biodiesel Collective, Bard Community Garden, Bike Exchange, Permaculture Initiative, Eco-Discoverers, Free Use Thrift Store, Bard Science Outreach, Math Circle, Green Pages; and the Young Artists of Rhinebeck Project, which helps middle school students explore environmental issues through drawing and sculpture.