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 have their own 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 has already taken several important steps to reduce its environmental impact associated with transportation.
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
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