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Featured Students of EUS

Featured Students of EUS

There is no typical EUS student--though each creatively and tenaciously pursues solutions to urban and environmental problems. 

Here are some examples of students currently pursuing their academic interests and passions through the Environmental and Urban Studies program.

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todowd@bard.edu

Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Bard College
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Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Sophie D'Anieri

2017, Focus Area: Food systems and agriculture

Sophie D
Sophie D'Anieri was inspired to major in EUS because she grew up spending a lot of time outdoors. Thus, it was only natural for her that upon coming to Bard, she would focus her studies on protecting the environment. She says, "my dad took me on camping trips all around the country, introducing me to the natural beauty around me. And, I grew up working in my mom's garden and developed a fascination in watching things grow. As I grew older, I learned more and more about how this world I grew up loving was in danger and choosing a major focusing on protecting and repairing something I had always cherished felt natural." While interested in the environment as a whole, she is particularly interested in food systems and agriculture. That is, how we can create a food system that is beneficial to human health and the health of the planet. With her EUS degree, she hopes to eventually do field work and immerse herself in education. This will enable her to teach people sustainable and healthy ways to grow food. "I want to work to get healthy food into areas that have little access and establish systems in order for those areas to better sustain themselves. I also see myself having and working on a farm throughout my life".

Xaver Kandler

2018, Intended focus area: Economics

Xaver Kandler
Xaver Kandler, class of 2018, decided to become an EUS student because he believes that the environment is an issue that directly affects everything we encounter. He says, “the way we interact with the natural world around us has and will affect all aspects of society. Learning about the environment and the social, ecological, and economic issues around it will be the way to change the foundations of how we act.” Due to the fact that EUS is an interdisciplinary major that combines science, history, and economics, Xaver utilizes it as a means of being educated in different areas, which allows him to further grasp how the environment plays into everything. In terms of what he wants to do with his degree in the future, he most definitely wants to pursue a career in an environmentally related field, though also incorporate economics into the mix. “Economics has the potential to motivate people to act sustainably by making the choice that is not only good for society but also good for the individual… the current economic paradigm is not sustainable or just. By studying economics, I can contribute to a branch of economics that isn’t negligent of the environment.” 

Isaac Lertola

2016, Focus Area: Policy

Isaac Lertola

Isaac's interests lie in policy surrounding food and fracking. He believes younger people should have more of a say in the way the American food system is shaped. Graduating from a rigorous two year environmental studies program in high school gave Isaac a clear picture of his career goals.  "But getting to those goals -- that's why I'm at Bard. Everyone should have the right to real food and good water. Food, water, soil, nitrogen, carbon systems: everything is linked. Having the scientific knowledge makes it easier to understand the larger picture but I'm looking forward to getting deeper into the issues and their interrelationships. Plus, I'm looking forward to working internships in the city."

Isaac has already worked with Charity Water in the past, presenting the political and environmental issues surrounding water to his classmates in high school and fundraising money for the charity. He has also worked in New Orleans, repairing and painting homes, where he learned first hand about the degradation of the wetlands,  the infrastructure of levies, and the energy costs of the city. Isaac hopes to pursue Bard Center for Environmental Policy's 3+2 program through which qualified Bard undergraduates can earn an M.S. in environmental policy or climate science in an accelerated period of time. 

Tom Danz

2015, Focus Area: Social Sciences 

Tom Danz

Tom is currently completing his senior year at Bard College.  He is primarily interested in the social sciences, and says that his work at Bard thus far has been focused on the various ways humanity can sustain itself through what he calls "responsible stewardship practices" in farming, fishing, and hunting.  He is currently enrolled in classes that explore environmental science, history, ethics, and architecture. Though he was originally interested in practicing law, Tom came to Bard in order to continue exploring the ways in which humans structure their developments in relation to the environment. "What I like most about Bard's EUS program," he says. "Is its flexibility. EUS, as an interdisciplinary major, fits perfectly with Bard's moderation system and my hope, when I moderate, is that this system will help me to identify and define my particular areas of interest as well direct me towards the classes that will help me reach my goals. I love that the EUS program accommodates such a wide range of interests and this diversity, reflected in class discussions, has broadened my overall perspective."Tom has been both a student and teacher of wilderness education, studying Native American traditions and practices. This education involved fire making, shelter building, and food hunting or gathering. More recently, Tom has taken initiative to get involved with local food production. He spent last summer working at Taft Farms, a 200 acre IPM farm in Great Barrington, MA, where he learned about farming techniques, agricultural marketing, and was exposed to the intricacies of the American industrial food system. This has led him to his interest in faming practices and philosophies. Tom is also the proud founder and owner of a small portabello and button mushroom growing operation that he started in order to learn about mushroom cultivation and to "experience first-hand the way small growers fit into our food system." 

Elizabeth Winig

2015, Focus Area: Environment & Health

Elizabeth Winig
Senior Elizabeth Winig, who cultivated a passion for the Environment at a very young age by spending time outdoors, learning about new plants and bugs in order to understand what life- is now in her final year as an Environmental and Urban Studies major. Having taken an environmental history and science class which solidifed her interest in EUS, she wants to support the environment that sustians her. She says, "The natural world is wonderful to study alone, but the total human population keeps rising to 8 billion and the Earth isn’t growing in size. It seems very appropriate that the study of humans and their effect on the physical world should be it’s own major." Further, her senior project is on the water quality of tide pools, puddles, and the Hudson River and the bacterial life within them. Given her upcoming graduation, she looks forward to working as a park ranger in a national park, or perhaps as a DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) officer. Further, she is also considering grad school in New York for science, and maybe work as a research lab assistant.


Grace Diliberto 

2015, Focus Area: Community Development

Grace Diliberto 

Grace, originally from Philadelphia, is currently completing her senior year at Bard. She is attracted to the interdisciplinary nature of the EUS program and therefore takes a wide variety of classes related to the major “to see how they all connect back to each other, even if on the surface they seem to be in such entirely different realms.” Her focus, however, is in urban studies because of an interest fostered by her upbringing in Philadelphia’s diverse and continually transforming urban landscape. After taking EUS classes at Bard, Grace has become interested primarily in sustainable community development and urban agriculture. She says she was attracted to the program because she, “wanted to learn how and why things in America's cities came to be the way they are (and contrast this with the development of cities around the world), how cities are transforming in the modern landscape, and how urbanism and environmentalism are not opposing forces, but are complementary.” Grace’s favorite classes at Bard so far have been American Urban History with Professor of History, Myra Armstead and Architecture since 1945 with Art History Professor Noah Chasin. Both these classes gave her a sense of the formation of American and international cities and architecture within the context of societal, cultural, and environmental changes. Outside of class, Grace has worked with the New Kensington Community Development Corporation, which is a non profit organization that revitalizes the social and economic situations of Philadelphia neighborhoods. This non profit work further informed Grace’s sense of the interdisciplinary nature of the knowledge required for sustainable urban development. Grace is also co-head of Bard’s Environmental Collective: “It's kind of a more free form club where people interested in environmental issues can meet, talk, and plan activities, workshops, and speakers. My goal for the club is basically for it to serve as a really collaborative platform for people who are passionate on various levels and issues concerning the future of our environment and sustainability. We also do fun stuff like lead apple sauce and pumpkin butter making workshops!” Grace also works for an EUS partner, Bard’s Office of Sustainability.

Jackson Rollings

2015, Focus Area: Urban Studies

Jackson Rollings
Coming into Bard, senior Jackson Rollings knew he wanted to take classes in anthropology, history and ecology. His adviser Susan Rogers recommended EUS as an alternative to double-majoring in urban studies and written arts. Once he wraps up his senior project that incorporates both disciplines, he intends to move to Louisiana to seek out a "job related to coastal restoration or water infrastructure in New Orleans."

Maia Gokhale 

2015, Focus Area: Anthropology

Maia Gokhale 
Maia is currently a senior at Bard College whose EUS concentration is in environmental anthropology. She seeks to understand the preventative measures with which devloping countries are sustaining their resources in the face of overpopulation and climate change. " I love to study EUS," says Maia, "because it provides a field where I can explore all of my curiosities surrounding the environment, from the functions of environmental processes to how these functions affect the people who experience them." Additionally, Maia is dedicated to environmental education, especially of younger generations. She hopes to foster and encourage in her students a healthy curiosity and thoughtfulness about the world around them. This summer Maia will be working as Environmental Education Instructor at the Maria Mitchell Association, an aquarium and natural history museum in Nantucket, MA. There, she will enjoy designing curriculum and lesson plans about marine biology and the biodiversity of ocean ecosystems. 

Marina Soucy 

2015, Focus Area: Urban Studies

Marina Soucy 
Current Senior Marina Soucy arrived at Bard convinced that she wanted to be an anthropology major, but quickly changed her mind freshman year when she took a class called, "China's Environment From A Historical Perspective", which further incited her passion in EUS classes. Given the fact that she is interested in a wide range of passions, EUS particularly interests her due to its interdisciplinary nature. She says, "more so, [EUS] is incredibly important. EUS on a global scale, looking past the Bard Bubble, needs people from all walks of life and skill sets to solve and trouble shoot the main environmental concerns facing our world. Upon graduating in May, Souch intends to start her masters program through Bard in teaching, the MAT, in the history department. "I hope to continue on and work in Environmental Education, focusing on native american studies and primitive skills, especially if I stay in the Hudson Valley".

Natalie Cuomo

2015, Focus Area: Economics

Natalie Cuomo

Natalie Cuomo, originally from Queens, NY,  is completing her senior year at Bard. Though she is focusing on environmental economics, she says she is also interested in environmental ethics and technology. Natalie first became interested in Environmental and Urban Studies when she took an introductory class with economics professor and department chair Kris Feder, who exposed her to tied social, political, and ecological issues she had previously been unaware of. Since then, Natalie’s favorite EUS class at Bard has been Environmental Ethics with philosophy professor, Daniel Berthold. “I learned about various inspirational and corrupt environmental movements. I now feel more historically grounded when discussing environmental issues.” Outside of class, Natalie has spent a summer working on a farm that inspired her to explore a variety of agricultural practices and assess their effects on the environment. During the school year, Natalie works on the Bard Farm to produce fresh, local food for campus dining services, ensuring the students’ access to food produced by sustainable practices. Additionally, Natalie worked for Hudsonia, a non profit organization located on campus that is dedicated to the conservation of the Hudson valley and neighboring regions. There, she helped out by cataloguing specimens and conducting research. She plans on moderating into the EUS program this year.