Conserving precious resources
The first NEB catalog is printed using 100% recycled paper
Shipping Box
Ensuring sustainable business practices

NEB initiates a shipping box recycling program
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The New England Biolabs Foundation
The New England Biolabs Foundation
Supporting environmental awareness, education, health, and the arts

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Greener energy sources
Geothermal energy heats and cools the indoor garden at NEB
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Freezer Programs
Freezer program savings
Shared freezer space saves both shipping costs and energy use

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Eco-friendly air conditioning
Water-cooled refrigeration is installed to decrease air conditioning use
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NEB goes fluorescent
Company-wide, incandescent bulbs are replaced with fluorescent bulbs
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Water Bottles
Internal recycling program
A bottle and can recycling program is established
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Recycling Symbol
Recycle, reduce, reuse
NEB recycles paper, plastic, expanded polystyrene, glass and aluminum, as well as batteries and electronics
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High-efficiency, lower amperage
High-efficiency pumps are installed for the chiller systems, cutting amperage by >30%
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CFC Swap-out
Conversion of refrigerators and freezers to CFC-free models reduces CFC use
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NEB supports: Mangrove Action Project
Dedicated to preserving the mangrove ecosystem for local community land-usage
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Marine Conservation
NEB Supports: Center for Marine Conservation
Protecting ocean environments and conserving the global abundance and diversity of marine life
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NEB supports: Sustainable Ecosystems Institute
Dedicated to finding science-based and cooperative solutions to environmental issues
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NEB supports: Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Advancing the multidisciplinary science of marine conservation biology
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6,000 gallons per day
The addition of chillers to the fermentation process saves 6,000 gallons of water per day
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Idea Wild
NEB supports: Idea Wild
Dedicated to helping preserve the earth's biodiversity
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Wastewater restoration
An on-site microbial water treatment facility processes all of the campus' wastewater
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NEB supports: Trees, Water & People
Helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well being depends
Agua Para La Vida
NEB supports: Agua Para la Vida
Helping rural Nicaraguan communities build their own drinking water and sanitation systems
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LEED Building
LEED Green Building Certification
NEB's new facility achieves the highest standard for green practices
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A greener commute
NEB's van pool is established
NEB Café composting
Lunchroom composting is started at NEB. Nearly 3.5 tons of compostables are collected each month
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Ocean Genome Legacy
Ocean Genome Legacy
Established to explore and preserve the biological diversity of the sea
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Mass Recycle
Awarded the "Green Binnie"
MassRecycle recognizes NEB's outstanding contributions to recycling in Massachusetts
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ISO 14001
ISO 14001 certification
NEB achieves ISO 14001 certification - a standard for environmental management systems
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Sustainable Design Award
NEB receives an award for the ecologically mindful design of its headquarters
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ISO 13485
ISO 13485 certification
NEB achieves ISO 13485 certification - a standard for quality management systems
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NEB supports: EcoLogic
Empowering rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems
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Celebrating Passion in Science
NEB introduces the Passion in Science Awards™, including an award for environmental initiatives
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A greener catalog
NEB releases first CarbonNeutral® certified catalog produced in the U.S.
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Responsible lab work
NEB sponsors LabConscious Read
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Environmental Commitment

Environmental stewardship is one of the founding principles of NEB.  By promoting sound ecological practices and environmental sustainability, NEB ensures the protection and preservation of natural resources, both locally and globally.  We continuously strive for improvement in our business processes in order to minimize and, where possible, mitigate our impact on the environment.  Raising awareness of our duty to the environment is paramount to NEB’s corporate message.  As an additional measure of their commitment, NEB has received ISO 14001 certification, a quality standard for environmental management systems.
  1. Tour of NEB’s Wastewater Treatment Facility

    Learn how our state-of-the-art Solar Aquatics System® treats the NEB campus’ wastewater.

  2. NEB Environmental Philosophy

    Learn how NEB protects the environment, both locally and globally.

Our Facility

Believing it possible to conduct cutting-edge research and production in a greener, less-environmentally impactful way, NEB commissioned the building of a modern, LEED® certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 140,000 square foot laboratory building.  LEED certification is a distinction awarded based on a suite of environmentally focused standards that include site sustainability, water efficiency, energy conservation and atmospheric protection, choice of building materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and building design.  In 2009, NEB also received a “sustainable design” award from the Boston Society of Architects for the design of this state-of-the-art facility.

Our Business Processes

A true pioneer in sustainable business practices, NEB established the first shipping box recycling program over thirty-five years ago.  Still in practice today in the U.S. and internationally, the program diverts cardboard and polystyrene from landfills.  In 1987, as part of an effort to minimize fuel consumption and shipping costs, NEB introduced its freezer program, consolidating shipments and freezer utilization costs and providing on-demand molecular biology reagents in academic and research centers across the globe.  All publications, including manuals, datacards and marketing materials, are printed on recycled paper.  In addition, the NEB Catalog & Technical Reference is printed on Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified, 30% post-consumer recycled paper, reducing the need for trees, decreasing energy consumption and saving landfill space.  The NEB Catalog is also the first CarbonNeutral® certified catalog produced in the United States (view the press release).  The NEB mail list is carefully monitored for returned mail to help reduce the volume of printed materials; the use of e-invoices also helps to decrease paper usage.  The extensive in-house recycling program includes paper, plastics, expanded polystyrene, glass, aluminum, batteries and electronics.

Global Conservation and Awareness

Since it was first published in 1975, the NEB Catalog & Technical Reference has been a trusted resource for scientists around the world.  In addition to the extensive scientific information, each edition of the catalog contains minireviews that address various environmental topics of interest.  These articles endeavor to raise awareness about the impact we have on the environment and our need to act as stewards of the planet.  With the release of each catalog, NEB pledges support to non-profit organizations that promote environmental awareness.

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Non-Profit Organizations

As part of our commitment to raising environmental awareness, NEB has played a role in the establishment of two non-profit organizations: New England Biolabs Foundation and the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs.

The New England Biolabs Foundation (NEBF), a private foundation established in 1982, fosters community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes, and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places. For more information, please visit

The Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs, located at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA, promotes conservation of marine genomic diversity by creating and maintaining a repository of genomic DNA from marine organisms from around the world. For more information, please visit the OGLF website at

NEB also supports local environmental initiatives through our corporate donations program, which contributes to non-profit organizations.