Sierra Club names Babson to its 2011 List of America’s Coolest Schools, a ranking based on sustainability efforts.

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Babson College was named to Sierra Club’s 2011 List of America’s Coolest Schools, an index of comparative information about elements of campus sustainability.
The ranking, open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States, represents colleges’ ongoing efforts to be environmentally aware campuses.

Babson’s actions include:

  • Babson is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a promise that we will exercise leadership in our community and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions.
  • Babson College’s Climate Action Plan that will define our approach to achieving Carbon Neutrality in measurable ways during a specified timeframe is available on line at
  • The College has participated in the newest and most extensive rating program for sustainability in higher education and has achieved a silver rating -  Babson will be collaborating with the entire campus community to participate in STARS again this year.
  • The College has implemented a multi-million dollar series of energy conservation projects during the past two years to reduce energy consumption in support of Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant’s (WMLP) goals and to encourage our faculty, students, and staff to support sustainability in numerous ways.
  • We have reduced our carbon footprint by more than 19 percent over the past 6 years. We are presently evaluating the potential installation of up to 2 megawatts of solar photovoltaic car port structures on campus parking lots which could reduce our direct use of electrical energy by an additional 8-10%. 
  • We have opened a campus Sustainability Office and have implemented programs to raise awareness and encourage actions on campus to support these programs.
“Taking part in external reporting, such as Sierra Cool Schools, helps us to benchmark against our peers. It is representative of the fact that Babson is working to enhance its comprehensive sustainability initiatives and is excited to showcase our achievements to the outside community,” said Dallase Scott, Sustainability Program Manager at Babson.

The magazine's ranking acts as a guide for prospective students who seek a way to compare colleges, based on commitment to environmentalism. The ranking also serves to spur competition, create aspirational standards, and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet.
Members of Sierra's editorial team constructed the survey with guidance from the Sierra Club's Conservation department, as well as from campus sustainability experts. Its questions center on environmental goals and achievements, with priority given to achievements. Its 10 categories include energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and a catch-all called "other initiatives."

View the full list here.

By Nancy Sullivan,, 781-239-4623 | 09/02/2011 09:00