CESH puts Bard’s 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. We conduct quantitative research in the natural and social sciences, craft communication, participate in policy making, 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. And 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.
The contemporary environmental movement has not successfully addressed the key environmental issues that humanity is faced with. Continuing to maintain the environmental status quo will not allow us to adapt in the ways we must to negotiate climate change while also addressing long-term issues including hunger, poverty, and income disparity.
The Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities includes faculty, staff, and students at Bard College as well as community members from throughout the New York Hudson Valley region.
Community Lab Technician
Community Sciences Lab
Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities
Our research relies on collaborations with community members, including natural, social, and citizen scientists; artists; regulatory agency representatives; municipal leaders; NGO staff members; and generous funders. These collaborators reside and work in communities and academic institutions in the water-rich Hudson Valley, the people-rich New York City area, and other areas across the United States and around the world.
Janet Holden Adams Fund, NASA, Hudson River Foundation, Brinson Foundation, Eppley Foundation, New York State Environmental Protection Fund, NYSERDA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bard College Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, Bard College Sustainability Council, Bard College Experimental Humanities Program, and the Red Hook Conservation Advisory Council.