Babson continues to take steps toward sustainability, with several initiatives during the 2012–2013 fiscal year, including:
- Being honored in 2012 by Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen as one of several organizations, that provided a leadership role in helping Wellesley become the first and only EPA designated Green Power Community in the state. Wellesley continues to hold this laudable designation for 2013.
- Achieving a Silver Rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), the newest and most extensive rating program for sustainability in higher education
- Reducing our carbon footprint by more than 40 percent during the past nine years in an effort to reach our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus
Babson installed a pair of EV charging stations for plug-in electric hybrids in the Knight parking lot, and they are available to anyone visiting the campus. The Babson Energy and Environmental Club obtained a sponsorship grant from Toyota for capital funding of the project, while Babson provided the installation cost.
- Joining Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP) to become an EPA Green Power Partner by purchasing 5 percent of our electricity as green power from renewable sources such as wind
- Implementing a multimillion-dollar series of energy conservation projects during the past three years to reduce energy consumption in support of WMLP’s goals
- Diverting food waste to be composted at local farms, producing valuable soil instead of being incinerated
- Evaluating the installation of solar panels on the roof as well as installing a section of “green” roof for the proposed residence hall
- Supporting community sustainability awareness programs, with Babson Assistant Director of Facilities Steve Tolley being a member of the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee
- Signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a promise we will model ways to eliminate global warming emissions
- Incorporating sustainability into the Babson curriculum, as well as cocurricular programs and activities, as part of meeting our goal for making social, environmental, economic responsibility, and sustainability (SEERS) central to a Babson education