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.
- 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