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The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation

The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation is the GPS for navigating social innovation and redefining expectations for business by moving from social responsibility to social relevance. Through action research, case development, webinars, convening working sessions with business leaders, and collaborating throughout the Babson community—particularly with the Babson Social Innovation Lab—the Lewis Institute serves as an integrated, objective, and accessible resource for ideas, perspective, and practical knowledge on how to make social innovation work.

The Institute was founded in July 2010 with a generous gift from Alan and Harriet Lewis of Grand Circle Corporation.

A Neighbor to the Community

As a neighbor to residents of Wellesley and Needham and beyond, Babson offers use of its facilities to community members, participates in a range of programs and efforts, and works with numerous organizations.

Campus Support

  • The Webster Center serves as the rain location for Needham and Wellesley highschool graduations.
  • Babson is a Wellesley Chamber of Commerce board member:
    • Babson sponsors the Chamber’s annual Local Business Recognition Dinner.
    • Babson sponsors the Chamber’s annual golf tournament.
    • The Chamber hosts the Babson College/ Wellesley Bank Business Series breakfast meetings on campus.
  • Babson hosts the Wellesley Police Department’s Annual 5K Stewart Savage Road Race and Fun Run, providing facilities, equipment, space, and employee labor.
  • The College hosts the annual religious education program of the Grace Knight Babson Fund, attended by 500–600 residents. The group makes financial contributions to local religious institutions.
  • Babson’s Trim Dining Hall is the site for both the Upham Elementary and Fiske Elementary bingo nights.
  • Babson hosts the Wellesley Club’s annual Town Affairs Dinner in Trim Dining Hall.

Sustainability

  • Babson has implemented a multimillion dollar series of energy conservation projects during the past two years to reduce energy consumption in support of Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant’s (WMLP) goals and to encourage our faculty, students, and staff to support sustainability.
  • Babson is working closely with WMLP to evaluate the potential installation of up to two megawatts of solar photovoltaic carport structures in campus parking lots, which could reduce our direct use of WMLP energy by an additional 8 percent to 10 percent.
  • We have opened a campus Sustainability Office and implemented programs to raise awareness and encourage actions on campus to support these programs. We also have supported the town’s sustainability awareness programs during this past year. We will continue working closely with the town of Wellesley to evaluate ways we can work together on this effort.
  • Babson signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a promise that we will exercise leadership in our community and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions.
  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) Silver Rating The College’s Climate Action Plan defines our approach to achieving carbon neutrality in measurable ways during a specified timeframe. See the ACUPCC Report of Reporting Institutions for details.
  • The College achieved a Silver Rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), the newest and most extensive rating program for sustainability in higher education.
  • Babson has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 19 percent over the past six years.
  • For the fourth year, Babson was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. To date, NFTE has worked with nearly 350,000 young people in programs across the United States and around the world. Since opening its doors in 1991, NFTE New England has reached more than 11,000 students from low-income communities with entrepreneurship education programs.

  • President Schlesinger serves on NFTE’s board of overseers.
  • Babson is home to the NFTE New England office.
  • Jennifer Green M’08 is executive director of NFTE New England.
  • Babson hosts NFTE events throughout the year.
  • Babson students serve as NFTE instructors.

Recreation Opportunities

Community members may participate in recreational sports and athletic competitions through the Boston Sports Club, the Babson Skating Center, and other on-campus athletic facilities.

Babson Summer Camps

Campers enjoy a perfect day at Babson eliciting juicy grins.

Campers enjoy a perfect day at Babson eliciting juicy grins.

The Babson Summer Camps office includes Internal Summer Camps, managing 15 to 17 camps from June through August, and External Summer Programs. The camps account for approximately 30 sessions occurring during a seven-week period for local children ages 5–15. Children and adult participants in the External Programs stay on campus for two to 10 days for overnight conferences or multiday retreats.

Each program on campus, from mid-May through mid-August, is managed by the Summer Programs Office. A portion of the External Summer Programs is managed directly through organizations on campus, including the Glavin Office of International Programs, the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Undergraduate School.

Babson offers a variety of summer sports and traditional day camps for children, including soccer, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, and Camp on the Hill, a traditional program for children ages 5–10.

Babson also contracts with professional conferences and academic and sports camps during June, July, and August.

In summer 2011, 15 in-house sports camps were designed, promoted, and implemented with approximately 2,400 participants. Externally, approximately 20 programs were run with more than 2,500 participants.

The Summer Programs Office employs camp directors and as many as 150 camp counselors. Many of them currently play on teams or are coaches and teachers in neighboring towns.

Babson Skating Center

The Babson Skating Center, owned and managed by Babson College, serves the community in many ways:

  • Needham High School’s hockey team uses the rink for its home games
  • Wellesley High School uses the rink for its home games
  • Wellesley High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams each have their own locker rooms at the rink
  • Local residents take advantage of public skating on weekday mornings and Sunday afternoons
  • The skating school enrolled more than 400 students from Wellesley and Needham in 2010–2011
  • Many Needham and Wellesley adults are members of groups that rent ice time during evening hours for hockey games
  • The rink serves as the site for parties for a number of schools
    Wellesley schools:
    • Dana Hall
    • Hardy
    • Hunnewell
    Needham schools:
    • Broadmeadow
    • Eliot
    • Hillside
    • Newman
  • The rink donates public skating passes to local schools for their fundraising efforts
  • Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley holds a skating program there each winter
  • The annual August Hockey Clinic enrolls skaters from both Wellesley and Needham
  • Members of the Wellesley Youth Hockey Association are recognized each winter at a Babson varsity hockey game

Webster Center and Athletic Fields

The Webster Center facility and athletic fields are used by several area groups for team practice and play, including Wellesley High School swim, field hockey, lacrosse, and track teams; Needham High School swim and track teams; Wellesley Swim Association; and the Wellesley Recreation Department.

  • Babson is a traditional host of games for the MIAA Division II Girls’ Lacrosse Tournament.
  • Babson hosts more than 150 intercollegiate competitions throughout the year that are open to the public, free or for a nominal charge.

Boston Sports Club

The Boston Sports Club (BSC) in Wellesley is a premium health club located behind the Babson campus. BSC offers cardio machines with personal entertainment screens, a 25-yard swimming pool, supervised express workouts, personal training, massage, indoor tennis, basketball courts, summer camp, laser tag, swim lessons, child care for ages 3 months to 10 years, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, spin, and more, and includes a new six-pool outdoor summer complex.

BSC holds active membership in the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, and hosts or sponsors a number of fundraising events, including road races and walk-a-thons for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.