BABSON STUDENTS CREATE SUSTAINABILITY CLASS FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Student "Eco Reps" have developed a curriculum to be included in the First-Year Seminar to influence life-long behavior around sustainability.

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Babson College student Eco Reps have successfully created a Sustainability Class to be included as part of the First Year Seminar (FYS) curriculum at Babson. The Eco Reps designed the class to help entering students realize how their behaviors can make a positive impact on campus and in the world.

As part of the Eco Reps program, students are trained to assist the Sustainability Office with campaigns promoting environmentally responsible behavior in the fall semester. In the spring semester, students are responsible for choosing and organizing their own project to effect sustainable change on campus using what they learned in the fall. “The Eco Reps are challenged throughout the year to think about the impact they can make on campus even after their four years at Babson,” said Dallase Scott, Manager of the Sustainability Office and the Eco Reps Program. “They learn how to make sustainability projects sustainable.” 

Philippe Topdjian, a rising sophomore and an Eco Rep Coordinator, said of their spring project: “After conducting research, we decided that to make the biggest impact on student culture we should focus on FYS classes and educating freshman students from the start on how to live as sustainably as possible on the Babson campus.”

The Eco Reps developed “A Student’s Guide to Sustainable Behavior,” a case study, a quiz, and optional extra credit for the class, as well as a Teacher’s Guide for the FYS instructors. The class begins with an entertaining video produced by the Eco Reps that encourages students to:

  • think about their environmental impact,
  • learn what Babson is doing to be sustainable,
  • and become a change agent for a better planet and for better business.

After developing the materials, the students presented them to the FYS program staff. The Sustainability Class was well received and will be part of FYS curriculum in the fall 2011.

“I was very impressed with the Eco Reps enthusiasm for this project,” said Rob Major, associate Dean for First Year Programs. “They were creative, thorough and professional throughout the process of developing a class session on the topic of sustainability. I am looking forward to seeing the impact their efforts will make on the program.”

About FYS: The First-Year Seminar (FYS) program is a mandatory weekly seminar designed to provide students with a smooth transition into their first year and insight into enriching academic and co-curricular opportunities available to them. It also serves as a multifaceted recourse on time management, ethics, and diversity, among others. Team taught by the First-Year Seminar instructor, a student peer mentor, and a faculty adviser, they assist students with the transition into the Babson Community.



About the Eco Reps: The Babson College Eco-Reps Program trains and supports a select group of undergraduate students in promoting environmentally responsible behavior on campus. The program was initiated by Facilities Management in the 2009-2010 academic year with ten students focused on promoting recycling among their peers. The Babson Sustainability Office, which opened in mid-2010, expanded the program to 12 students and 2 student coordinators and used theGreenerU Environmental Action Workshop® to train students to become Environmental Change Agents on campus. 

Dallase Scott, Sustainability Program Manager, coordinates the Eco Reps program. Read the Eco Reps blog at www.babsonsustainability.blogspot.com.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.


By Nancy Sullivan, sullivann@babson.edu , 781-239-4623 | 05/27/2011 06:00