Babson students and alumni are working hard to make our campus more sustainable and to grow sustainable business practices.
There are many, many ways to get involved in Babson Sustainability. Find out about existing programs and initiatives below, or contact the Sustainability Office to get support for your own idea. Also be sure to check out the Green Business page for Babson student and alumni founded green businesses.
Eco Reps Program
The Babson EcoReps program is in its second year. During the summer of 2010, the Sustainability Office redesigned the program. The goals of the program are to:
Work with students to improve the sustainability of the campus.
Work with students to improve peer to peer communication about sustainability at Babson
To develop Babson students as leaders and change agents within the college.
Once hired, the fourteen undergraduate EcoReps complete a rigorous three part training workshop designed to provide skills to make them successful campus culture change agents. EcoReps participate in and lead Campus Wide Mini Eco Challenges and then complete a major sustainability initiative in the spring term.
Find out about the Eco-Reps and their activities at their external website: www.blogspot.babsonsustainability.com
The Green Tower is an undergraduate interest-based housing community designed to promote sustainability and foster social entrepreneurship. It has served as an incubator for environmentally sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives on the Babson campus.
Green Rocket Pitch, which gives students and recent graduates a chance to pitch their sustainable business ideas to panel of judges and win seed money for their business idea.
Hold "Solfest", an annual campus wide concert and social event co-hosted by Green Tower and the Campus Activities Board to celebrate the end of Earth Week.
Green Tower has worked with facilities to reduce waste that occurs during the spring dorm move-out. Green Tower members gathered, cleaned, stored and resold mini-fridges and other appliances in the 2009/2010 pilot year.
Helped to move the campus to trayless dining to reduce food, water, and energy waste.
Launched a bike share program for the campus.
Ran a Green Exchange Store where students could earn sustainable rewards for exercising sustainable habits in their daily lives.
Educate Babson students about sustainability by presenting in FME and FYS classes.
Partnership with Wellesley Middle School where members of the Green Tower volunteer to work with WMS’s Green Team.
Visit the Green Tower website www.babsongreentower.org.
Babson Energy & Environment Club
The Babson Energy and Environmental Club (BEEC) is a graduate student led club that fosters innovation by addressing Curriculum Integration, Career Development & Campus Greening.
Single Stream Recycling: Babson Energy and Environmental Club members developed a detailed business case for the implementation of single stream recycling on campus and worked with Facilities staff to bring this plan to fruition. Members toured waste facilities, developed cost/benefit analyses and presented their case to Babson decision-makers. Single stream recycling was adopted in summer 2010.
Babson Energy and Environmental Conference: The BEEC hosts a very successful annual regional energy and environmental conference.
Waste Reduction/Composting: BEEC members have continued to focus their efforts on further waste reduction on the Babson campus. They are currently exploring the feasibility of composting on campus.
Find out more at www.babsonenergy.com.
Net Impact is “an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.” Babson has a graduate Net Impact chapter. Increasingly, Net Impact participants are engaging in sustainability initiatives and collaborating with green groups on campus, despite their somewhat broader focus.
Babson Alumni Green Forum
Babson boasts an increasing alumni presence in the energy, environment, sustainability and cleantech fields. The Babson Alumni Green Forum serves as a networking and professional development forum for its members—alumni, students, friends of Babson, faculty, and staff.
Typical activities of the Alumni Green Forum include:
Planning two events each fall and spring semester for alumni, students, and other members of the Babson Community.
Education, sharing insights during monthly Executive Committee meetings, official Alumni Green Forum events, and casual meetings.
Opportunities to stay informed about green/sustainability initiatives within the Babson Community.
Promoting green-themed alumni and student-initiated businesses.
Green Entrepreneurship, generating ideas that can be adopted by alumni and other members of the Babson Community.
Find out more at Alumni Career Affinity Groups.