Sustainable Facilities

Environmental Planning

Celgene takes great care in creating and managing facilities where our employees comfort and our environmental impact are at the forefront of our planning.

A clear example of Celgene’s consideration of the environmental impact in our facility planning is the new building at Corporate Headquarters. The goal of the project was to earn LEED certification. To obtain this recognition, certain environmentally-focused attributes have been integrated into its design and construction. These include the following:

  • Approximately 60 preferred parking spaces will be provided for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles and carpooling.
  • Installation of efficient water fixtures, water closets and urinals that generate a 40 percent annual savings in water consumption compared to baseline building models.
  • The energy model, which is used to compare the design against a minimum code-compliant building, has generated a theoretical annual energy savings of approximately 15 percent.
  • Installation of landscaping that does not require a permanent irrigation system.
  • The roofing system will be comprised of a white thermoplastic polyolefin membrane to maximize solar reflectance and reduce the heat island effect associated with conventional roof systems.
  • More than 80 percent of parking is located under cover, further reducing the heat island effect and minimizing the impact on the area’s microclimate.
  • Utilization of a cistern tank that will collect rainwater that will be filtered and used for various gray-water activities, such as toilet and urinal flushing and site landscaping.
  • Low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, flooring systems and composite wood products will be installed within the building enclosure to promote occupant well-being.

Another key example of our consideration of our impact on the environment in our facility planning is the San Diego research facility.  The final design and construction featured the integration of a variety of environmental attributes, including:

  • Selecting an existing building with a LEED-certified shell
  • Installation of Energy Star-rated office equipment that uses less energy and includes sleep modes when not in active use
  • Purchasing electricity derived from renewable energy sources
  • Utilization of high-efficiency mechanical equipment
  • Installation of occupancy sensors and lighting dimmers to account for natural lighting
  • Meters that track and compare utility efficiencies to the design model and identify problems that can be mitigated
  • Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) containing material for paint and finishes
  • Miscellaneous materials that contain recycled content
  • Limitations on post-construction dust and air pollution
  • Close proximity to publich transportation
  • Storage and changing facilities for personnel who commute via bicycle
  • Efficient plumbing fixtures
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping with very low water requirements
  • Bamboo for flooring and wall covering
  • Locally sourced materials that reduced transportation requirements, including gypsum board and tiles

Renewable Sources

In addition to utilizing sustainable materials for construction, the company’s building strategy includes the use of renewable energy sources where possible.

Celgene’s Summit, NJ facility completed installation of an 11kW solar array in June 2012.  The energy generated from this system is planned to supply power to the Electric Vehicle Charging Station and the local electric grid.  The installation of this PV system is one step towards Celgene’s goal of acquiring our electricity through renewable energy systems by 2020.

In 2013 and 2014, the Summit and the new San Diego facilities both agreed to purchase renewable energy (also known as Green Power). The Summit facility purchased 100% of its electricity from certified wind power, while the San Diego facility purchased 50% of its electricity from certified sources. Both of these facilities plan to continue to purchase Green Power in 2014 and beyond.

The Boudry, Switzerland facility continued its escalating investment in electricity derived from solar photovoltaic sources. In total, 162 GJ were purchased in 2013, a 7 percent increase over the prior year in renewable energy purchasing for adherence to the Swiss Private Sector Energy Agency program. The facility plans to continue purchasing more solar-derived electricity into 2015.


Our facilities across the world continue to invest in technologies that represent the forefront of modern advancements in efficient energy consumption for our various operations. These strategies include purchasing of efficient lighting and infrastructure upgrades and replacements to minimize our direct energy consumption. Indirectly, our facilities continue to purchase electricity that is derived from certified renewable energy sources supplied by utilities.

At the Summit facility, the primary focus for energy-efficiency utilization was the new office building and integration of efficient and modern HVAC systems, lighting systems that are influenced by daylight harvesting and energy consumption modeling and tracking. In addition, the antiquated existing area lights in the parking lots and exterior facades were replaced with high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lighting systems that are estimated to save 40 megawatt hours of electricity per year.

At the Boudry facility, the major capital project was the optimization of the chilled water distribution system. This project aimed to reduce water consumption and the necessary energy for the chilling and distribution operations by an estimated 93 megawatt hours per year. In addition, purchasing of electricity derived from renewable energy sources at Boudry increased another eight percent from 2013 levels, the fourth consecutive yearly increase in this type of electricity purchasing. To learn more about energy performance at Celgene, please click here for more information from our most recent Corporate Responsibility report.

Water Quality and Conservation

Water is used for a variety of purposes, especially in laboratory experimentation and manufacturing of our products. Additional purposes include personnel consumption, facility cooling operations and cleaning and maintenance operations. Celgene continues to adhere to regulations concerning water quality and potential impacts on water sources, and the Facilities and EHS departments perform due diligence for water management.

There has been progress in 2013 concerning initiatives related to water conservation and assurance that enough potable water was readily available at our facilities for various operations. In the Phoenix facility, the outdated legacy water pre-treatment system utilized old equipment and inefficient means to treat incoming city water and prepare it for use in our critical utility systems. A new deionized water system was installed that utilizes a compact skid design and performs all of the same functions with less water waste and chemical treatment. This system uses a recirculation feature that saves a significant amount of water when the unit is idle. As a result, the site has a more reliable source of feed water to our critical utilities. The Phoenix facility also performed repair and maintenance of leaking water supply lines and drips that supplied water to landscaping trees, shrubs and grass.

The new San Diego facility had an in-place design for water efficiency that adhered to the high priority set forth by the State of California’s Green Building Code for all new buildings. To attain LEED points, the facility reduced potable water use in the design of the building by 40.8 percent from the calculated baseline design through use of water-efficient plumbing and fixtures including low-flush water closets, showers and urinals and lavatory faucets with on/off sensors. To learn more about water performance at Celgene, please click here for more information from our most recent Corporate Responsibility report.

Waste and Recycling

Celgene’s manufacturing, research, office and all other activities generate waste in the form of hazardous, non-hazardous and byproducts. Our processes for reducing these physical types of waste aim to improve our environmental and economic bottom line through cost and emission savings by using alternative forms of waste collection and disposal.

Waste management efforts throughout the company in 2014 focused on more efficient and streamlined efforts to redirect non-hazardous solid waste (trash) to recoverable waste streams, such as recycling and organic waste collection. Particular attention was paid to the education and motivation of employees, as they are the final line in diverting recoverable waste from solid waste streams.

Recycling streams are now available in the majority of our facilities; these recycling streams focus on common waste types (plastics, paper, metals, etc.). Collection of organic (or biodegradable) waste has been incorporated at the Summit and Boudry facilities, with more facilities expected to integrate similar programs by 2020, depending upon availability. The employees at these two facilities have embraced the organics program that collects food waste and paper products from the cafeteria areas. Additional waste diversion has occurred through donation of old or obsolete items from our information technology department, such as computers, printers, scanners, etc. To learn more about solid waste performance at Celgene, please click here for more information from our most recent Corporate Responsibility report.

Biodiversity Consideration

Air quality and adequate water supply are two examples of natural foundation services provided by ecosystems that have high measures of biodiversity in their environs. This “natural capital” is essential for societal and economic health as it provides a range of necessary services and products, including clean water, food, fiber, and timber.

Celgene currently has facilities located in major metropolitan, rural and suburban areas in more than 40 countries. As we look to expand our operations worldwide, Celgene will hold itself to protecting and preserving biodiversity and respecting nature on and around our facilities. This includes evaluating our operations to comply with international, national and local regulations concerning preservation of natural places, promoting open spaces where possible, and assessing land use compliance.

There are plans in place to include consideration of facility impact on biodiversity and land in the design of new buildings and the renovation of existing facilities in the future. Some of these plans include:

  • The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan that establishes and communicates awareness of appropriate practices associated with pollution prevention techniques and materials to divert or prevent stormwater contamination.
  • The spill response procedures that are used in the event of a hazardous chemical spill.
  • The waste disposal program that outlines the procedures for disposing of hazardous wastes in compliance with the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

To learn more about Environment and Sustainability at Celgene, please click here for more information from our most recent Corporate Responsibility report.