In 2018, we achieved LEED® Silver Certification for Building J in Summit, New Jersey. This recognition comes as a result of renovations that included the building’s complete interior demolition down to its shell, a reconstruction with a multi-room conferencing center, and renovated offices and workstations. This certification increases Celgene’s portfolio of LEED® certified buildings to four*. The strategies and building attributes that have been incorporated into the redesign and renovation of Building J include:
- Roofing system with white membrane (cover) to reduce the heat island effect
- Minimal landscaping in areas adjacent to the building: The trees and plants selected include species and varieties that are drought tolerant and bred for ease of care
- Creating and abiding by a written commitment to preserve open space in the areas where there has been no development for as long as the building is used
- No irrigation or permanent watering system installed to account for the minimal demand of the landscaping system
- Bicycle racks for employees with alternative commuting preferences, with the racks located near the new exercise and fitness facility for shower and changing purposes
- Installation of low-flow faucets, water closets, urinals and showerheads
- Energy recovery mechanisms within the high-performance HVAC systems that also include variable air volume (VAV) for automatic changes/requirements, fan walls and water purifiers
- Continued purchasing 100 percent of electricity for the campus from certified renewable energy sources, and purchasing using Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
- Adherence to the Green Cleaning Policy, which includes LEED® sustainability criteria for cleaning products and equipment, establishes standard operating and auditing procedures, addresses safe handling and storage of cleaning materials and sets guidelines for staff training
- Sustainable materials harvested to construct reclaimed wood walls: these beautiful walls are clad with 6,000 square feet of wood from salvaged rafters, beams and joists from a 19th-century barn in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, and clear-coated with a bio-based, solvent free sealer. Celgene has brought new life and beauty to these pieces in this space and, with the installation of these resurrected pieces, the historic barn structures will live on for posterity.
Minergie: New Couvet Facility Includes Sustainable FeaturesIn Switzerland, Celgene’s new facility in Couvet incorporates a number of sustainable features. The Couvet facility, which will manufacture current and future products for blood cancers and inflammatory diseases for worldwide distribution, will use 267 building piles as heat exchangers with the ground for geocooling, and as a heat source via a heat pump. It is the first installation of its kind for an industrial building in Switzerland. The building will also incorporate solar photovoltaic panels that will produce 175 MWh of electricity. These and other features have enabled the Couvet facility to earn a provisional Minergie designation for low energy consumption. Minergie is a registered quality label for new and refurbished low-energy-consumption buildings.
EnergyCelgene invests in technologies that are at the forefront of modern advancements in efficient energy consumption for our various operations around the world. Our approach includes purchasing efficient lighting and making infrastructure upgrades and replacements that minimize our direct energy consumption. Indirectly, Celgene facilities continue to purchase electricity that is derived from certified renewable energy sources.
Water Quality and Conservation
Water is used for a variety of purposes within Celgene operations, especially in R&D experimentation, laboratory processes, and the manufacturing of therapies, as well as personal consumption, facility cooling operations, and cleaning and maintenance operations. Celgene has consistently sought opportunities to reduce water use in these processes and, with further availability of efficient and cost-effective technology, to reuse and recycle non-potable water in other consumptive facility processes, where feasible and practical.
Celgene continues to use the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Global Water Tool to identify sites in water-stressed regions to consider water- related risks and opportunities and determine where conservation and management efforts could have the greatest positive impact. This tool has shown that some of Celgene’s operations are in water-stressed regions where there is potential risk for tightening of regulations related to limited water sources. However, the majority of Celgene’s operations require minimal volumes of water.
Waste and Recycling
Celgene’s research, manufacturing, office, and other activities generate waste in the form of hazardous, non-hazardous, and by-products. Our processes for reducing these physical types of waste aim to improve our environmental and economic bottom line through cost and emissions savings by using alternative forms of waste collection — such as recycling, incineration, and beneficial reuse and disposal.
Recycling streams, which are now available at most Celgene facilities, focus on common waste types, including plastics, paper and metals. Additional waste diversion has occurred through donation of old or obsolete items from our information technology department, such as computers, printers and scanners.
In 2017, we achieved a waste diversion rate of 45 percent, our highest to date. Additionally, our trash generation decreased by 15 percent compared to 2016, and by 19 percent compared to 2015. With these results, we have achieved — ahead of schedule — our 2020 goal for trash reduction.
Celgene is committed to reducing its hazardous waste footprint. Celgene R&D laboratories that handle biological waste follow the Centers for Disease Control’s Biosafety Level 2 protocol. Solid biological waste is collected as regulated medical waste (RMW) and incinerated through our RMW waste vendor. However, a growing percentage, especially on the West Coast, is treated using microwave technology to be rendered as non-pathogenic and then sent to municipal waste-to-energy facilities for beneficial reuse. Waste vendors are preapproved through the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) contractor safety program and are subject to Celgene EHS waste vendor audits. All biological waste is disposed of following federal, state and local regulations based on the site’s location.
It is important to note that while we have increased our R&D and manufacturing activities, proportionally our hazardous waste has decreased from year to year. Our goal is to continue this trend with initiatives such as our enhanced chemical inventory management system.
As Celgene continues to expand operations worldwide, we hold ourselves responsible for protecting and preserving biodiversity and respecting nature on and around our facilities, in dialogue with local communities. As part of this effort, we evaluate operations to comply with international, national and local regulations concerning the preservation of natural places, promoting open spaces where possible, and assessing land use compliance.
When designing new buildings and renovating existing facilities, Celgene has developed plans at each of its operational sites, based on applicability, to consider facility impacts on biodiversity and land. These plans include:
- The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, which establishes and communicates awareness of appropriate practices associated with pollution prevention techniques and materials to divert or prevent stormwater contamination
- Spill response procedures that are used in the event of a hazardous chemical spill
- A waste disposal program that outlines procedures for disposal of hazardous waste in compliance with the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
* Two owned buildings and two leased buildings with LEED certification.