WELLESLEY, Mass., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Babson College's collaborative sustainability program has earned a Gold Rating through AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System(tm) (STARS) program.
A big step up from the College's 2012 Silver Rating, the 2015 Gold Rating reflects Babson's progress in implementing its sustainability commitments. STARS measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
It's hard to miss the new recycling and compost stations in the Reynolds Campus Center. Offering a place to compost on campus, these stations are a visible sign of Babson's increasing leadership in campus sustainability. Behind the scenes, Babson's effort to reduce energy use has been ongoing with the installation of solar panels on the new residence hall and energy-efficient lighting across campus. Sustainability leadership is springing up from Babson's innovative faculty as well - this year supporting the third class of students who graduated with an environmental sustainability concentration.
"We are very proud to have achieved a STARS Gold Rating for our sustainability accomplishments. The STARS Gold Rating recognizes our substantial progress in all areas of campus sustainability," said Mary Rose, Babson College's Vice President for Campus and Community Affairs.
Babson's formal commitment to sustainability started with signing the American College and University President's Climate Commitment in 2008, which set Babson on a path to climate neutrality by 2050. Since then, Babson has continually worked to reduce its emissions and to increase social, environmental, and economic responsibility and sustainability in its curriculum. An overview of this progress was outlined in this year's Sustainability at Babson Yearbook. Visit http://bit.ly/1Fiw7Nx
AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE's mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations, to education and research.
About Babson College
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds(r). The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society--while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action(r) as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. Visit www.babson.edu.
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