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Bard Office of Sustainability (BoS)
The Bard EcoReps focus on sustainability in and around a student's sphere of living. Regular outreach campaigns assist in ensuring students are aware and capable of the sustainable initiatives they might be able to take part in. Various other sustainability clubs exist, and though they ebb and flow over time there is always something sustainable happening.
The Bard Farm is a 1.25 acre sustainable urban farm that organically grows fruits and vegetables to sell to Chartwells, the campus dining service. Located on Bard’s campus and worked by students, the farm, with its visibility and its accessibility, demonstrates the realities of small-scale farming and the potential for community to develop around food. The Bard community also has an organic garden. It is not divided into plots, but rather grown in full by anyone who wants to participate. Food is harvested by anyone who needs it (usually the custodial staff in recent years). There is some work-study available, but it is mostly run by volunteers. It is a garden and not a farm, and because it's terraced, requires a lot of hand-work.
The Saw Kill Coffee House is a student run coffee house on campus. Customers are encouraged to BYO mug. The coffee house has also accepted Caught Green Handed 'bucks' ($1 awards students have gotten for doing something sustainable on campus). The cafe reduces, re-uses, recycles and composts.
The Biodiesel Cooperative is a student-operated enterprise that connects dining hall waste grease with consumers of Biodiesel. The student operators manage the sourcing, chemical conversion and find customers for the product, though no money is exchanged.
The students on the Socially Responsible Investment Council (SRIC) manage a small fund that is invested to reflect the values of the student body. They conduct research to make informed decisions, divesting from companies with conflicting social and environmental policies in favor of those with favorable policies. They then use these investment decisions to persuade the college to make larger-scale investment decisions.
Bard regularly hosts an event known as the Princeton Climate Stabilization Wedge workshop. Biweekly Campus to Congress (C2C) calls are offered during the academic year through the Center for Environmental Policy (BardCEP). Weekly colloquia hosted by the Environmental and Urban Studies department are open and advertised to the student body as well as the public.
The performance "Good Dirt" was hosted at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts. Multiple senior projects in the performing arts integrate sustainability concepts, often finding the campus grounds as the location for their art.
The Bard Outdoors Club runs outings such as hiking, backpacking/camping in the Catskills and Adirondacks, rock climbing in the Gunks (best climbing in NE), skiing/riding, and canoeing. The club follows Leave No Trace Principles.
Sustainability is included in curriculum of the annual Citizen Science program, required for all first-years during January. Over the last five years, the directors of Bard's first year Language and Thinking program have been very receptive to incorporating readings related to sustainability, including adding the Pope's 2015 encyclical on the environment to the reading list.
EcoReps host events that delve into human habits and how they impact sustainability. Students involved in the Bard Farm have seasonal opportunities to participate in the "Students Feeding Students" program, where they cook a dish in the dining hall kitchen using farm-fresh ingredients.
The Office of Sustainability (BoS) hires students to perform over 90 weekly hours of labor on campus that incorporates sustainability principles.
Bard students participate in the Amphibian Migration and Eel Monitoring projects, as sponsored by the NYSDEC and supported locally by the Town of Red Hook, Saw Kill Watershed Community, and EUS.
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.