Celgene takes great care in creating and managing facilities where our employees comfort and our environmental impact are at the forefront of our planning. In 2015, a significant advancement of Celgene’s environmental stewardship was the opening of our newest building at the Summit headquarters campus. This new building has office capacity for 900 employees, a basement parking infrastructure, an efficient and modern interior for workspaces, and a food service area.
As part of Celgene’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the project’s goal is to earn Leadership in Energy an Environment Design (LEED®) green building program certification through the US Green Building Council (of which Celgene is a member). To attain this recognition, certain environmentally focused attributes have been integrated into its design and construction, including:
- Installation of efficient water fixtures that generate a 40% annual savings in water consumption compared to baseline building models
- The energy model, which is used to compare the design against a code compliant building and has generated an estimated annual energy savings of approximately 15%
- Installation of landscaping that does not require a permanent irrigation system
- The roofing system, which comprises a white thermoplastic polyolefin membrane to maximize solar reflectance and reduce the heat island effect associated with conventional roof systems
- Parking, more than 80% of which is located under cover, further reducing the heat island effect and minimizing the impact on the area’s microclimate
- A cistern tank that collects rainwater that is filtered and used for various gray-water activities, such as site landscaping
- Low- emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, flooring systems, and composite wood products, which were 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
- Proximity to public 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
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.
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.