Building Sustainably

In 2017, Celgene’s commitment to building a healthy, sustainable future was recognized with LEED Gold certification for Building L — a 180,000 square foot state-of-the-art office building at the Summit East headquarters location in New Jersey. To achieve this distinction, a variety of environmentally focused attributes were integrated in the design and construction. These include:

  • Water quality and conservation measures such as the installation of efficient water fixtures and a cistern tank that collects rainwater, which is filtered and used for various gray-water activities, such as site landscaping
  • Energy derived from renewable sources
  • 80 percent covered parking, further reducing the heat island effect and minimizing the impact on the area’s microclimate
  • Alternate forms of waste collection and recycling
  • Biodiversity consideration
Celgene Building L, Summit, NJ

Building L, Summit, New Jersey


We are also seeking to obtain LEED certification for Building J, an existing standalone building on the southern side of the Summit East campus. The building’s complete renovation includes an interior demolition down to the shell of the building, a reconstruction for a multi-room conferencing center, and renovated offices and work stations. Obtaining LEED certification for Building J would increase Celgene’s portfolio of environmentally sustainable buildings. To date, some of the strategies and building attributes that have ben 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 which are drought tolerant and bred for ease of care.
  • No irrigation or permanent watering system was installed to account for the minimal demand for landscaping system.
  • Commissioning to ensure all systems are operating at original design intent and resource consumption levels
  • Continued purchasing of 100 percent of electricity derived from certified renewable energy sources for the campus and purchased using Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
  • Low- emitting adhesives, sealant, paints, coating and floor systems to promote occupant well-being and air quality
  • Creation and adherence of a Green Cleaning Policy that 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 class 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.

New Couvet Facility and Boudry Expansion Include Sustainable Features
In Switzerland, Celgene’s new facility in Couvet and the expansion of the existing Boudry facility incorporate 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 hat will produce 200 MWh of electricity. These and other features have enabled the Couvet facility to earn a provisional Minergie label for low energy consumption. The site will employ 100 people when it is fully operational by early 2019.


Celgene invests in technologies that represent 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, our facilities continue to purchase electricity that is derived from certified renewable energy sources.

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 within Celgene operations, especially in R&D experimentation, laboratory processes, and 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 the advent of efficient and cost- effective technology, to reuse and recycle non- potable water in other consumptive facility processes where feasible and practical.

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 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.

Celgene R&D laboratories that handle biological materials follow the Center for Disease Control’s Biosafety Level 2. Solid biological waste is collected as Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) and disposed of through our RMW waste vendor. Sharps are disposed of in appropriate sharps containers and disposed of as RMW. All waste disposed of through our RMW vendor is incinerated as a means of ultimate disposal. Waste vendors are preapproved through the 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. Recycling streams, which are now available at most Celgene facilities, focus on common waste types, including plastics, paper, and metals. We have incorporated the collection of organic (or biodegradable) waste at the Boudry facility, with more facilities expected to integrate similar programs by 2020, depending upon feasibility.

Biodiversity Consideration

As Celgene continues to expand operations worldwide, we are committed strive to protect and preserve biodiversity and respect 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, and assessing land use compliance. Celgene has developed plans to consider facility impacts on biodiversity and land when designing new buildings and renovating existing facilities. These plans include:

  • A 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 wastes in compliance with the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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