In 2008, Babson College welcomed its 12th president, Len Schlesinger, who started his five-year tenure with bold sustainability initiatives.
President Schlesinger believed that sustainability is fundamental to a business education, so Babson kick-started an Office of Sustainability and simultaneously launched an ambitious energy efficiency program for building operations.
This partnership has cultivated a culture of sustainability across campus to tackle issues of resource efficiency and awareness around energy and water conservation, sustainability education, waste management, and sustainable purchasing.
GreenerU conducted a comprehensive energy audit of the campus identifying more than $7 million in energy-efficiency and renewable-energy investment opportunities at Babson College, including comprehensive upgrades at two of the largest energy users on campus: the Executive Conference Center and the Skating Center. Following that, GreenerU leveraged $60,000 in utility incentives to provide design and implementation of $2 million in key energy-saving projects, measurement and verification of savings, and leadership for developing Babson’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. GreenerU also established and continues to lead the Babson Sustainability Office.