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Lead The Change

Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability students, alumni, faculty, and staff are working toward a just transition to shared well being on a healthy planet. 

Mission  Anti-Racism Commitment

Land Acknowledgement  Sustainability

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Our Mission

Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability cultivate leaders who break through existing systems, innovating solutions to critical social, environmental and economic challenges.  We accomplish this through:

  • An MBA in Sustainability offering a globally leading business curriculum that integrates sustainability vision, real world consulting engagements, organizational transformation and entrepreneurial training, equipping graduates who are changing the game.
  • MS in Environmental Policy and MS in Climate Science and Policy programs whose alumni are changing the rules.  They are crafting science-based policies based on their interdisciplinary training including communication and stakeholder engagement,  and required, high-level professional internships.
  • An M.Ed in Environmental Education, also internship-centered, that empowers our graduates to build and lead educational organizations changing minds.   They bridge theory and practice to bring the lessons of ecological literacy and justice to a rising generation.

In this time of extraordinary environmental and social challenge, learn more about our three theories of change here. Through our work, we influence sustainability education and practice globally. We model the world we want to create by building a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community committed to social, racial, and environmental justice and equity.

 

We Train Anti-Racist Leaders

Bard GPS Anti-Racism, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commitment

We educate leaders to bring social and environmental justice to business, policy and education. Our curricular framework centers social justice in environmental contexts and extends the focus of sustainability to human and social processes. To fulfill this commitment, Bard GPS must be an actively anti-racist program that supports racial, social, and gender equality. We demonstrate this leadership from within to ensure:

  • An environment that questions white supremacy, centering and making visible the experience of those most marginalized to support an inclusive learning experience
  • Our entire community is diverse in every definition of the term (race, gender, gender identity, sex, class, ability, language, phenotype and other tangible and intangible human characteristics)
  • Our curriculum acknowledges that the American economic and educational institutions have been built to uphold a white supremacist system that must be dismantled 
  • Every member of the GPS community feels safe, included, and empowered to meet their educational and career goals.

This is the first step of our journey. In our curricula, we are primarily centering the work of black liberation scholars and addressing anti-black racism, with an awareness of the intersections of black identity (womxn, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, differently abled) and its ability to lead to the liberation of ALL people. As we move forward, we acknowledge the privilege held by Bard GPS—graduate programs within a private, predominantly white institution (PWI) operating on unceded land.

In 2021, Bard GPS worked with consultants Lauren Hill, MBA '18 and Martin Freeman, MBA '18 to develop the Bard GPS Anti-Racism & Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Roadmap that will guide the programs on their journey to meeting the above commitment. This framework is open-source. For any use, please include the following acknowledgement: Bard GPS Anti-Racism & JEDI Roadmap, March 2021. Developed by Lauren Hill and Martin Freeman.

Bard GPS Anti-Racism & Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Roadmap

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Download* the Bard GPS JEDI Roadmap

*This framework is open-source. For any use, please include the following acknowledgement: Bard GPS Anti-Racism & JEDI Roadmap, March 2021. Developed by Lauren Hill and Martin Freeman.

 

Land Acknowledgement

Developed in Cooperation with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community

In the spirit of truth and equity, it is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are gathered [at Bard College's Annandale-on-Hudson campus] on the sacred homelands of the Munsee and Muhheaconneok people, who are the original stewards of this land. Today, due to forced removal, the community resides in Northeast Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We honor and pay respect to their ancestors past and present, as well as to Future generations and we recognize their continuing presence in their homelands. We understand that our acknowledgement requires those of us who are settlers to recognize our own place in and responsibilities towards addressing inequity, and that this ongoing and challenging work requires that we commit to real engagement with the Munsee and Mohican communities to build an inclusive and equitable space for all. 

Please see this note from the Dean of the College on Bard's Land Acknowledgement.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability program, based in Brooklyn, New York, acknowledges that it is operating on unceded Lenape land.

Bard College DEI Resources

 

Sustainability + Footprint Report

Beyond the content of our curricula, Bard's Graduate Programs in Sustainability have a deep operational commitment to building a sustainable future where all can thrive.  Read more about the work of our partner, the Bard College Office of Sustainability, here

The Bard MBA in Sustainability program's Footprint Committee is a student-led committee that develops an annual rigorous greenhouse gas report. The program administration uses this report to purchase carbon offsets to ensure the program's carbon neutrality. Each year, students are charged a student-approved carbon-offset fee to help achieve this goal.

Our Programs

  • Sustainability Baked In, Not Bolted On
    Bard fully integrates a focus on sustainability and mission-driven business into a core MBA while offering optional concentrations include Circular Value Chain Management and Impact Finance. 
  • Hybrid Program Structure 
    One extended weekend a month in New York City, plus synchronous online evening classes twice a week. Students attend from across the US and continue working through the program.  
  • Engaged, Practitioner Faculty
    Our professors are inventing sustainable business in their day jobs and they bring that experience into the classroom.  
  • Highly Experiential 
    The only MBA program that offers a year-long course in sustainability consulting for  real-world clients. All students also complete an individually-mentored capstone project starting a company, driving change strategies in business, as high-level consultants, or pursing a career switch.
  • Career Focused
    In our Individual Career Planning process, each student meets with our career planning staff at least once every semester to develop and execute on their career plan. Students build their resumes through internships, consulting positions, certifications, case competitions, and the capstone process.

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  • Integrated, Interdisciplinary Instruction
    In Bard’s modular core curriculum students explore issues like air and atmosphere, biodiversity, or ecosystem services simultaneously in their science, economics, law and policy courses. This unique structure creates powerful dialogue across disciplines, always driving towards solutions. 
  • High-Level, Extended Professional Internship:
    Unique 4-6 month, student-driven, full-time internships from June to January of the second year in NYC, DC, internationally, or wherever leading-edge policy work is being done. 
  • 1:1 Faculty Engagement
    Bard CEP offers every student individualized engagement with expert faculty on student research, writing, and communication. 
  • International Field-based Education
    All students travel to  Oaxaca, Mexico in January of their first year for a 12-day immersion course exploring community-led sustainable development initiatives. 
  • Career Focused 
    Bard’s MS graduates gain significant career advantages through a mentored internship job search, extended high-level internship, professional networking, and individual Capstone projects. 70-80% of Bard CEP graduates are employed in the environmental sector within 6 months of graduation. 

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  • Climate-Focused, Interdisciplinary Instruction
    The first-year curriculum focuses on climate science, energy consumption, and the agriculture and ecosystem linkages to global climate change. Students study environmental and natural resource economics, environmental policy, and detailed analyses of U.S. and international climate law and policy.
  • High-Level, Extended Professional Internship:
    Unique 4-6 month, student-driven, full-time internships from June to January of the second year in NYC, DC, internationally, or wherever leading-edge policy work is being done. Individually-mentored capstones that emerge from the internships support students to gain true mastery in their chosen area of interest.
  • 1:1 Faculty Engagement
    Bard CEP offers every student individualized engagement with expert faculty on student research, writing, and communication. 
  • International Field-based Education
    All students travel to  Oaxaca, Mexico in January of their first year for a 12-day immersion course exploring community-led sustainable development initiatives. 
  • Career Focused 
    Bard’s MS graduates gain significant career advantages through a mentored internship job search, extended high-level internship, networking, and climate-focused Capstone. 70-80% of Bard CEP graduates are employed in the environmental sector within 6 months of graduation. 

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  • Designed for Environmental Education (EE) Leaders 
    Bard’s M.Ed. is for educators who want to help grow high-impact educational programs that foster environmental literacy. 
  • High-Level, Extended Professional Internship
    Like the MS programs, the M.Ed. is grounded in a 4-6  month, full-time internship from June to January of the second year.  Bard students learn on the job how to run and build EE organizations, at sites across the world.
  • 1:1 Faculty Engagement
    The M.Ed. is anchored by Dr. Scott Kellog, Director of the Radix Ecology Center in Albany NY, whose work focuses on engaging urban youth in EE. Other program courses feature close 1:1 work with graduate faculty.
  • Field-course in Outdoor and Place-based Education
    In January of the first year, students participate in a two-week immersion course in place-based and outdoor education, centered on the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, complete with snow-shoes and cabin-camping.
  • Career Focused As with the MS programs, the M.Ed. structure provides significant career advantages through a mentored internship job search, extended high-level internship, networking, and EE-focused Capstone. 70-80% of Bard CEP graduates are employed in the environmental sector within 6 months of graduation. 

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Want to learn more? Let's chat!

We love to chat one-on-one with aspiring change-agents. Our team is happy to schedule a call to discuss your sustainability career goals and tell you more about our various programs. We can also get you connected with an alum, professor, or student doing work you are interested in learning more about.