I am pleased to present to you Babson in the Community, a summary of the College’s active participation as citizens of Wellesley and Needham and the broader community.
Our collaboration with Wellesley and Needham dates back more than 90 years and takes many forms: purchasing from local businesses, offering our facilities, hosting events, and providing student, staff, and faculty volunteers. When we consider the cumulative impact of these and many other ways we are involved locally, we know we are making a difference.
Every year we find new ways to make this difference. For example, Babson is increasing its efforts to achieve broad-scale sustainability and energy savings. 2010 carbon emissions on Babson’s campus were 19 percent below our fiscal year 2005 emissions—and we continue to reduce our energy use. This fall, we launched a new certificate program on sustainability with Wellesley College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. In October we hosted Food Day, partnering with local farmers and vendors and holding activities open to Wellesley and Needham community members. Increasingly, we also are partnering with the city of Boston. For example, Babson now has a presence on South Boston’s waterfront in the Innovation District—with space for graduate school classes, conferences, and a “hatchery” for new businesses.
Please continue to join us on campus for Babson educational, sports, and cultural events that are open to the citizens of Wellesley and Needham. Whether on or off campus, we look forward to many more years of a strong and productive partnership.
Leonard A. Schlesinger
President, Babson College