Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Asheen Phansey
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Babson College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Asheen Phansey
Director of Sustainability
President's Office
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From our Climate Action Plan: http://reporting.secondnature.org/media/uploads/cap/831-cap.pdf

Stage I: 2011-2015
GHG reduction goal: 25% below 2005
Strategy: An overview of key actions include energy efficiency investments and investments in solar power generation

Stage II: 2016-2020
GHG reduction goal: 50% below 2005
Strategy: An overview of key actions​ include: Procurement of electricity from renewable sources

Stage III: 2021-2030
GHG reduction goal: 70% below 2005
Strategy: An overview of key actions include enhanced energy efficiency investment and improved vehicle fuel efficiency​

Stage IV: 2031-2050
GHG reduction goal: Climate Neutrality
Strategy: An overview of key actions include purchasing quality offsets​


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

By 2015 Babson will, per the Climate Action Plan, require that all new construction and major renovation work achieved LEED Gold certification with energy performance of at least 20 percent below code.

By 2020, the policy will require that all new construction and major renovation work achieve LEED Platinum certification with energy performance of at least 36 percent below code. We are estimating that by 2050 approximately 700,000 square feet or almost one-half of the built environment on the campus will have been constructed under these green building policies.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Per the Climate action plan:

Stage I: 2011-2015
GHG reduction goal: 25% below 2005
Strategy: Overview of key actions include energy efficiency investments and investment in solar power generation.

Stage II: 2016-2020
GHG reduction goal: 50% below 2005
Overview of Key Actions​: Procurement of electricity from renewable sources

Stage III: 2021-2030
GHG reduction goal: 70% below 2005
Strategy: An overview of key actions includes enhanced energy efficiency investment and improved vehicle fuel efficiency​

Stage IV: 2031-2050
GHG reduction goal: Climate Neutrality
Strategy: An overview of key actions​ include purchase quality offsets​


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Per the climate action plan:
The primary objective of the dining is to increase the number of purchases from sustainable sources such as local/organic/fair trade, as appropriate for the food type.

The 2016 contract with the food service provider, Chartwells, includes sustainable food spending targets, based on the AASHE STARS definition of sustainable food.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Per the climate action plan, Babson will improve fleet fuel efficiency by phasing out old, less efficient vehicles in favor of new more efficient versions to reduce air travel by relying more on teleconferencing, reduce commuting by focusing on behavior change, increase commuter vehicle efficiency. Vehicle sustainability is tracked using the STARS Campus Fleet credit.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From our Climate Action Plan, which drives our sustainability efforts: http://reporting.secondnature.org/media/uploads/cap/831-cap.pdf

"Solid Waste – [measured with] shipping invoices from waste hauler"

"Our strategic approach to waste management is four-pronged. It comprises the following:
- Minimizing trash output
- Increasing recycling
- Educating the Babson community about waste management
- Using technology to further reduce waste streams"

To measure progress on this objective, trash, recycling, and compost are measured monthly by our haulers. Ongoing data is recorded to determine annual changes in trash tonnages and diversion rates of recycling and compost: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UuGiRv423o7hWBxH28sgMrmB7rNrExR6JUPRBe6G_0o/edit?usp=sharing


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Second Nature Carbon Commitment since 2008

Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments: Principles for Responsible Management Education.
Babson is a PRME "Champion," which commits Babson to:
- Work collaboratively to achieve higher levels of performance in transforming business and management education in five key areas: curricula, research, educational frameworks, sustainability-based partnerships, and thought leadership.
- Serve the broader PRME community through active engagement with existing PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups, Global Compact LEAD, and other global opportunities, as well as to support broader and deeper implementation of sustainability principles in the institutional context of the PRME initiative.
- Contribute to broader UN goals and issues, particularly helping to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

The current focus of the PRME commitment is to integrate the SDGs into curriculum, research and partnerships, with a view to co-designing a blueprint for the next generation of sustainability-driven business schools and management-related higher education institutions.

http://www.unprme.org/working-groups/champions.php


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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