Newswise — Babson College Adjunct Professor and corporate sustainability professional Asheen Phansey MBA’08 plans to bridge numerous initiatives into a systematic strategy and vision in his new role as Babson’s Director of Sustainability.
Phansey earned his undergraduate degree in engineering and graduated from Babson with an MBA degree in 2008. As a student, he helped establish Babson’s first sustainability conference, and later the Babson Alumni Green Forum, which “served as a networking and professional development forum for its members.”
Since then, he has worked in corporate sustainability at Dassault Systèmes. He also created and has taught two courses in entrepreneurship (Sustainable Entrepreneurship) and marketing (Intro to Green Marketing).
Phansey says his passion for sustainability goes back to his days as a Boy Scout, and also runs through his experiences of traveling across different cultures.
In recent years, Babson has undertaken several sustainability initiatives. In 2008, Babson became a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Two years later, Babson opened its sustainability office to support, enhance, and coordinate such efforts.
On campus, Babson has added bottle-filling stations and electric vehicle chargers. Multiple buildings also are LEED certified. Many of Babson’s leading faculty also have worked to integrate sustainability into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
Phansey will work to integrate these initiatives into a strategy and vision.
“My job is not to create, but harness the existing energy and momentum into a common direction,” he said. “I’d like to put Babson on the map as one of the leading institutions for sustainability just as it is for entrepreneurship.
“The entrepreneurial spirit here is very evident in everything that happens on campus,” Phansey added. “That’s something the world really needs.”
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