Babson in the Community 2013

Going Green

Babson continues to take steps toward sustainability, with several initiatives during the 2012–2013 fiscal year, including:

  • Being honored in 2012 by Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen as one of several organizations, that provided a leadership role in helping Wellesley become the first and only EPA designated Green Power Community in the state. Wellesley continues to hold this laudable designation for 2013.
  • Achieving a Silver Rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), the newest and most extensive rating program for sustainability in higher education
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by more than 40 percent during the past nine years in an effort to reach our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus

Babson broke ground on a new residence hall that will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rated or better.

EV  Charging Stations

Babson installed a pair of EV charging stations for plug-in electric hybrids in the Knight parking lot, and they are available to anyone visiting the campus. The Babson Energy and Environmental Club obtained a sponsorship grant from Toyota for capital funding of the project, while Babson provided the installation cost.

  • Joining Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP) to become an EPA Green Power Partnerby purchasing 5 percent of our electricity as green powerfrom renewable sources such as wind
  • Implementing a multimillion-dollar series of energy conservation projects during the past three years to reduce energy consumption in support of WMLP’s goals
  • Diverting food waste to be composted at local farms, producing valuable soil instead of being incinerated
  • Evaluating the installation of solar panels on the roof as well as installing a section of “green” roof for the proposed residence hall
  • Supporting community sustainability awareness programs, with Babson Assistant Director of Facilities Steve Tolley being a member of the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee
  • Signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a promise we will model ways to eliminate global warming emissions
  • Incorporating sustainability into the Babson curriculum, as well as cocurricular programs and activities, as part of meeting our goal for making social, environmental, economic responsibility, and sustainability (SEERS) central to a Babson education