Bard College Catalogue 2016-17
Innovations in Science and Sustainability
The College is dedicated to addressing contemporary environmental challenges and committed to providing educational reform in the sciences. In 2011, Bard introduced the Citizen Science program, 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, say—from different approaches. Program participation includes the opportunity to teach in one of five local school districts; last year Bard students taught more than 2,000 local school pupils.
Other innovative programs include the Bard MBA in Sustainability and master of science programs in environmental policy and in climate science and policy; 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 and the National Climate Seminar are public policy initiatives of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy. Their 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 that must coalesce into a leadership generation. Training workshops, 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.
10-Percent Challenge The 10 Percent Challenge, a project of Red Hook Together, 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 redhookchallenge.org.
Student-led Science and Sustainability Projects Recent TLS projects and other student initiatives include the Bard Biodiesel Collective, Bard College Farm, Bard Community Garden, Bard Science Outreach, Bike Exchange, Eco-Discoverers, Free Use Thrift Store, Green Pages, Math Circle, Permaculture Initiative, and the Young Artists of Rhinebeck Project, which helps middle school students explore environmental issues through drawing and sculpture.