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Transportation

Transportation in various forms, including fleet vehicles, commuting, and College-sponsored travel, is responsible for approximately 23% of Babson’s FY 2010 carbon footprint.

Babson is located on a large suburban campus that is somewhat beyond convenient walking distance of public transportation, the local town center, and other off-campus destinations. Approximately 68% of full-time students reside on campus, and the majority has cars. However, the College also has a large contingent of students who commute as well as an active executive education center that is home to numerous academic programs and corporate events. Consequently, institutional and private transportation is a more significant factor at Babson than at most urban campuses.

The college already has taken several important steps to reduce its environmental impact associated with transportation.

Operations

  • Purchase of three hybrid vehicles
  • Acquisition of three high-MPG maintenance and grounds vehicles
  • Elimination of three large-engine work vehicles
  • Administration of a campus-wide transportation survey
  • On-campus use of electric vehicles by management and staff

Alternative Transportation Support

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station in the Knight parking lot
  • Weekday inter-college shuttle bus service with Olin College and Wellesley College
  • Campus-based Zipcars for student, faculty, or staff use
  • Condensed Work Week options offered to employees through Human Resources called Flexible Work Schedule Program
  • Preferred parking spots for carpooling available to employees and students through the Department of Public Safety