Local to Global

Students engage hands-on with local, regional and global sustainability challenges while in residence at Bard, in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York State. See examples of this work here and here. In January of their first year, all students participate in a ten-day immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico, focused on sustainable development. In the second year, some students pursue international internships, while others work on local and regional challenges in the US. 
Read this letter home from Professor Segarra, and watch this video for more information.
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Sustainable Development
January Term in Oaxaca, Mexico
All M.S. students participate in a ten-day intensive course in January of their first year. During this faculty-led experience in Oaxaca, Mexico students work with local NGOs to understand how food, energy and water policies affect local communities and how those policies evolve in the context of a developing country. Local travel (in Mexico), tours and site admission, lodging, and one meal per day are included as part of the program fees. Students must book their own flights to and from Mexico.
Second-Year Internship
Local / National / Global
Beginning in June of the second year, students begin their extended professional internships, some scattered across the globe, some remaining rooted in New York's Hudson Valley. In the final semester, students workshop their capstone projects in the Master's Seminar, learning from each other about policy solutions to local and global social and environmental problems. 
Local Solutions
While in residence at Bard, students engage with responses to sustainability challenges—from climate and energy, to food systems policy, land conservation and biodiversity, watershed management, and toxic pollution.  For example, our M.S. policy students are currently helping to evaluate and develop a local micro-hydro project.