Facilities Management maintains Babson’s campus grounds with a minimum of artificial chemicals.
The college’s beautiful setting comprises 375 acres of woodlands, athletic fields, and rolling lawns. Babson’s landscape objectives include maintaining an attractive and highly functional campus in the most environmentally responsible manner feasible.
New efforts in managing Babson’s woodlands and landscape include the following:
- Conserve resources previously devoted to maintaining unused and little-used areas of the campus. This involves tree planting to reforest where appropriate, planting low-maintenance perennials, and mowing low-use areas monthly instead of weekly.
- Switching to non-pesticide methods of insect control wherever possible.
- Applying pesticides only when absolutely necessary, and then using formulations that are the least harmful to the environment.
- To the extent possible, use native and other low-maintenance species in new plantings to reduce maintenance and water requirements.
Integrated Pest Management
Portions of the campus are protected spaces and are not actively maintained by Facilities Management. The remaining 145 acres of campus are actively maintained using a practice known as integrated pest management, or IPM. This is a systematic approach to managing pests which focuses on long-term prevention or suppression with minimal impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms. IPM incorporates all reasonable measures to prevent pest problems by physical, biological, or chemical pest population management methods to reduce pest to acceptable levels and prevent unacceptable damage or annoyance.
Transition to Organic Fertilizers
Our goal for turf and lawn management is to meet the high expectations of the Babson community in the most sustainable manner. To accomplish this, we have been cultivating the edaphic environment with bio-stimulants in the soils, and replacing petro-chemical fertilizer with organically sourced fertilizer. To date, this has cut our synthetic fertilizer use by 50%.