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Report Card 2010

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Babson College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Babson College

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $169 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts

Enrollment: 2,206

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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The Babson Sustainability Steering Committee, founded in 2008, advises the administration on environmental matters. On the committee’s recommendation, President Schlesinger signed the Presidents Climate Commitment in fall 2008. Babson's sustainability efforts are supported by a part-time employee and by eight administrators who dedicate a portion of their time to sustainability.
Babson recently completed a greenhouse gas inventory. Energy efficiency upgrades have helped the school achieve a 4.5 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2004. The campus has a small wind turbine and several solar powered lights.
Babson purchases produce and dairy from 12 local farms and purchases breads, rolls, and desserts from local processors. Reusable take-out containers are available for a small fee, and all retail locations offer discounts for students who bring their own reusable mugs. Trim dining hall composts both pre- and postconsumer food waste, and Babson donates to two local food banks. The college has a comprehensive recycling program, including on-campus recycling of cooking oil.
One campus building currently meets LEED certification criteria, and all new construction must meet LEED specifications. Maintenance and renovation projects are designed to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainability criteria. Water conservation technologies, such as dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals, have been installed in some new and existing buildings across campus.
The Green Tower at Babson is a special interest living community that supports environmentally responsible initiatives. In 2009, Green Tower residents created a bicycle cooperative program. The college sponsors an annual inter-dorm energy- and water-use competition, and an Eco-Reps program, with peers serving as resources within residence halls, will launch in fall 2009.
Babson’s bicycle-sharing program was launched in 2009 with 12 bikes. The college owns seven rechargeable electric vehicles, and kitchen oil is recycled into biodiesel for campus lawn equipment. Faculty and staff may apply for preferred parking for carpools. A shuttle van service offers transportation to other colleges in the area and to mass transit, and the campus is a member of a commercial car-sharing program.
The college makes a list of external managers and a list of mutual funds available to all members of the school community, and sends the information upon request. The college does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not invested in, renewable energy funds and on-campus sustainability projects.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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