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Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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Babson College
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Shelley Kaplan
Associate VP
Facilities Mgmt & Planning
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

The Babson Sustainability Steering Committee (BSSC)

Resource sustainability is critically important to Babson College, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the nation. Efficient energy use is central to this objective, and renewable energy and energy-conservation efforts provide a means to save money, foster environmental awareness, reduce the environmental consequences of College activities, and provide educational leadership for the 21st century.

The College is committed to stewardship of the environment and to reducing the College’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources. With this commitment in mind, we will regularly review initiatives and best practices and share successes by augmenting the existing College guidelines. These guidelines currently recommend that College operations:

• Incorporate the principals of energy efficiency and sustainability in all capital projects, renovation projects, and operations and maintenance within budgetary constraints and programmatic requirements.

• Minimize the use of non-renewable energy sources on behalf of the College’s built environment by creating a portfolio approach to energy use, including the use of local renewable energy and purchase of green power from the grid as well as conservation measures that reduce energy consumption.

• Incorporate alternative means of transportation to/from and within the campus to improve the quality of life on campus and in the surrounding community. The College will continue its strong commitment to provide affordable on-campus housing, in order to reduce the volume of commutes to and from campus.

• Track, report and minimize greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of College operations.

• Minimize the amount of College generated waste sent to landfill.

• Utilize the College’s purchasing power to meet its sustainability objectives.

The Office of the Vice President for Administration will annually report to the Cabinet on the Policy’s impact on capital and operating costs, and overall campus sustainable practices.

This BSSC’s goal is to help align the Babson community with the principles of sustainability. These include:
• Encouraging the content of learning to reflect interdisciplinary systems thinking with a special emphasis on social, ethical and environmental consideration as they relate to entrepreneurial business development and management approaches
• Adjusting the content of learning to make human environment interdependence, values and ethics a seamless and central part of the teaching discipline
• Encouraging the process of education to emphasize active, experiential, inquiry-based learning and real world problem solving on the campus and in the larger community with emphasis on the growing “Clean Tech” areas of business development
• Encouraging the practice of sustainability on the campus as an integral part of operations, planning, facility design, purchasing, and investments and tie these efforts to the formal curriculum
• Forming partnerships with local and regional communities to help make them healthy, socially vibrant, economically secure, and environmentally sustainable as an integral part of Babson’s mission and the student experience.
Vision Statement
Babson College aspires to work towards a sustainable campus life which protects and enhances the environment and health of the staff and students. The College strives to become a leader in environmental sustainability by educating our students, employees and neighboring community. Through an integrated approach, which incorporates economic, human and ecological health and viability, we will support Babson’s mission today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Babson College is committed to minimizing the College’s impact on the environment and reducing the College’s dependence on non-renewable energy. This Committee is charged with establishing guidelines for the College’s Sustainable Practices including: Green Building Design; Green Building Renovations; Climate Protection Practices; Clean Energy Standards; Sustainable Transportation Practices; Sustainable Operations; Recycling and Waste Management; and Environmentally Preferable Procurement. If Babson signs the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) this Committee will develop recommended steps to achieve the goals of this program. The above will include plans to:
• Efficiently use and conserve water, energy and other resources
• Implement ecological transportation alternatives
• Develop environmentally responsible purchasing practices
• Develop healthy indoor air quality systems
• Minimize solid waste production
• Incorporate life cycle impact into sustainable financial planning and budget goals
• Integrate entrepreneurial environmental literacy into research, education and communications
• Promote environmentally responsible principles for faculty, staff and student behavior
• Implement resource-efficient site planning, design and building/renovation principles
• Require environmentally sound practices for hazardous materials handling
• Conduct/promote activities among departments and operations in an integrated, interdependent manner.
BSSC Membership

Three members of the Babson Faculty who have specific interest in the area of sustainability
Representative from the SGA
Representative from the GSA
Representative from the BEEC
Representative from the “Green Tower”
Representatives from Facilities Management and Planning
Representatives from Human Resources
Representative from Student Affairs
Representative from Campus Life
Representative from Residence Life
Representative from Athletics
Representative from the Graduate School
Representative from SEE
Representative from Purchasing
Representative from Marketing/Publications
Representative from ITSD

Supporting Working Groups

1. Facilities Management and Planning - handling areas of energy conservation, water conservation, indoor air quality, hazardous waste, recycling etc.
2. Dining Services - handling areas of use of local and organic food products and reduction of waste in dining operations
3. Purchasing - handling selection and specification of sustainable products and life cycle costing
4. Transportation - handling ways to improve transportation services and alternatives to reduce carbon footprint (HR and Public Safety)
5. Marketing - handling ways to communicate with the campus and community on sustainability efforts and programs.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Shelley Kaplan, AVP Facilities Management & Planning
Mary Rose, VP for Administration
Maureen Lederhos, Director, Creative Services,
College Marketing
Dennis Hanno, Dean, Undergraduate School
Shahid Ansari, Provost & Dean of Faculty
Toni Lester, Faculty
Teresa Pitaro, Director of Purchasing
Andy Moutinho, Asst. Director, Trades, Technical Services & Energy

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

In 2010, Babson opened its first dedicated Sustainability Office. The office is located prominently in the student center and it serves as the nexus of sustainability on campus.

The mission of the Babson Sustainability Office is to coordinate and expand campus sustainability-related initiatives, to make palpable progress towards Babson's sustainability goals, and to engage and excite the Babson community around sustainability through effective communication and coordination.

The office runs the following programs:
• Babson Eco Reps
• Staff Eco Leaders
• The Sustainability Fair

In addition, the Sustainability team coordinates and implements three sustainability related campaigns each year.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:

Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Dallase Scott

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Sustainability Program Manager

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Sustainability Program Manager leads in the following functions:
• Connects sustainability activities and programs around campus into a unified program
• Communicates internally about sustainability activities on campus
• Helps students, staff and faculty develop and deploy sustainability projects and programs around campus
• Tracks progress

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

Information about the office will be made available on the new sustainability website planned to be launched in Spring 2011.

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