Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water

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The Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water
aims to develop accessible, applicable, community-centered solutions to local and regional environmental problems.

What do we do?

We put Bard College’s long dedication to the environment, science, and social change into practice to support the fair management of our shared natural resources. We solve problems using tools that span academic disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, humanities, and the arts. We conduct quantitative research in the natural and social sciences, we create art, we craft communication, we participate in policymaking and bridge academic inquiry with community need. In doing our work, we strive to shift the understanding of “environment” to include humans and the urban ecosystem. We recognize that real solutions to environmental issues must acknowledge the barriers that race, class, and gender inequities present to the cultural shifts required to make real change.

Who are we?

We are faculty, staff, and students at Bard College, and community members from throughout the Hudson Valley of New York.

Center Director: M. Elias Dueker (Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies; Director, EUS Program)
Center Executive Administrator: Dxiña Mannello (Executive Administrator, EUS Program)
Bard Water Lab Manager: Lindsey Drew
Community/Lab Support Tech: Marco Spodek

How does this work?

Community members pose questions to the Center about land, air, and water, and through interdisciplinary practice (collaborative research across disciplines) we deliver accessible and applicable answers. Currently, we tackle these problems in courses throughout the College, in faculty-directed student research, and through community- and student-run environmental monitoring programs.

Key projects:

  • Bard Water Lab: community water-quality monitoring of the Saw Kill, Roe Jan, and other regional waterways
  • Saw Kill Watershed Community: unites area residents who are interested in protecting their water by maintaining the health of the Saw Kill and its watershed