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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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Greenhouse
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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Water
Eco-friendly air conditioning
Water-cooled refrigeration is installed to decrease air conditioning use
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Lights
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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Pump
High-efficiency, lower amperage
High-efficiency pumps are installed for the chiller systems, cutting amperage by >30%
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Fridge
CFC Swap-out
Conversion of refrigerators and freezers to CFC-free models reduces CFC use
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Mangrove
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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Ecosystems
NEB supports: Sustainable Ecosystems Institute
Dedicated to finding science-based and cooperative solutions to environmental issues
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Dolphin
NEB supports: Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Advancing the multidisciplinary science of marine conservation biology
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Fermentation
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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Trees
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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Composting
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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ISO 13485
ISO 13485 certification
NEB achieves ISO 13485 certification - a standard for quality management systems
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  • Environmental Commitment

    Greenhouse
    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.

    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 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 30% post-consumer recovered fiber, reducing the need for trees, decreasing energy consumption and saving landfill space.  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.  Finally, NEB’s Sustainability Board, comprised of green-conscious NEB employees, searches for new ways to make NEB a greener place.

    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.  Locally, NEB participates with The FoodProject, a community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds working together to sustainably farm, to offer an on-campus CSA for interested employees. 

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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 New England Biolabs Foundation and the Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation.

    The New England Biolabs Foundation (NEBF), a private foundation established in 1982, supports environmental awareness, education, health and the arts. For more information, please visit the NEBF website at www.nebf.org.

    The Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation (OGLF) is a not-for-profit private research foundation whose goal is to promote conservation of marine genomic diversity by creating a permanent library of genomic DNA from as many marine species as possible. For more information, please visit the OGLF website at www.oglf.org.

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