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Innovations in Science and Sustainability

Bard engages students in significant efforts in science and sustainability. The Bard Center for Environmental Policy offers graduate study in environmental science and policy. The College's New York City–based MBA program focuses on sustainable, socially responsible business. Bard CEP's Campus to Congress program involves students across the nation in conversations about climate solutions with elected officials. Citizen Science engages all Bard first-year students in intensive study of global science issues.

Bard Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability works with a number of Bard programs to further environmental work on campus.


Stephen Wyssenski ’15

Stephen Wyssenski ’15

Stephen hails from New Jersey and is moderating into the Psychology Program at Bard. He works as a laboratory assistant, finding time to write and act outside of class.
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The Year in Bard CEP

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy looks back on 2011. It was an impressive year for alumni/ae achievements, expanding the Campus to Congress program, and launching Bard's new MBA in Sustainability.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science
The Citizen Science program introduces students to science and the scientific method, promoting science literacy through the theme of infectious disease. The course explores the importance of infectious disease in a community, and the impact that disease outbreaks and subsequent management can have on global society. The curriculum ranges from conducting a laboratory experiment to analyzing a scientific problem and modeling potential solutions.

Bard Center for Environmental Policy

At the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, we believe that solutions to contemporary environmental challenges, such as climate change, should be tackled from an integrated perspective. Our students receive rigorous scientific, economic, and political training. They enter the professional world equipped with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to create thoughtful and competent policy.

Bard MBA in Sustainability

The Bard MBA focuses on the business case for sustainability. We train students to see how firms can integrate economic, environmental, and social objectives, the triple bottom line, to create successful businesses that build a more sustainable world. Graduates of the Bard MBA Program transform existing companies, start their own businesses, and pioneer new ways of operating that meet human needs, while protecting and restoring the earth’s natural systems.

Environmental and Urban Studies Program

The Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) major at Bard focuses on empirical studies that give students the skills to understand the connection between living and constructed systems. This approach capitalizes on transformations in the social and natural sciences, from systems theory to environmental toxicology. The curriculum furthers Bard’s holistic method of ecology and development through studies of the Hudson River Valley.

Campus to Congress

Campus to Congress (C2C) is designed to multiply civic engagement, move U.S. policy forward, and accelerate the learning curve for students who must form a generation of leaders. C2C engages students at colleges and high schools around the country with leaders in Congress, corporate representatives, and city hall officials. Video dialogues and conference calls on climate and clean energy provide students with unique educational opportunities and a place to voice their concerns.

Local Initiatives

10% Challenge Red Hook, N.Y.
The 10% Challenge is a call to reduce energy use in Red Hook, N.Y. by 10 percent over the next year and to motivate 10 percent of our citizens to become involved. MORE >>

Bard Biodiesel Cooperative
The Bard Biodiesel Cooperative was started as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project in order to raise awareness about biodiesel, as well as to produce it. The project is based on campus and is open to all Bard students and staff. MORE >>

Eban Goodstein: Sustainability, Engagement and the Center for Environmental Policy

Bard CEP and Bard MBA Director Eban Goodstein on sustainability and engagement.