Conserving Precious Resources
The first NEB catalog is printed using 100% recycled paper, reflecting NEB’s belief that the pursuit of science should not negatively impact the environment.
Ensuring Sustainable Business Practices
NEB initiates the first Styrofoam shipping box recycling program in the U.S., and it remains in practice today on a global scale.
The New England Biolabs Foundation
Fostering environmental awareness, education, health, and the arts by supporting grassroots organizations and other NGOs, both locally and in Central America, Andean South America and West Africa.
Greener Energy Sources
Geothermal energy is harnessed to heat and cool the indoor garden near the entrance of the main NEB building.
Freezer Program Savings
Shared freezer space provides on-site reagents, as well as reduces shipping costs and energy use.
Eco-Friendly Air Conditioning
Water-cooled refrigeration is installed to decrease air conditioning use.
NEB Goes Fluorescent
Company-wide, incandescent bulbs are replaced with more energy efficient and longer lasting fluorescent bulbs.
Internal Recycling Program
A bottle and can recycling program is established throughout the main NEB campus.
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
NEB begins recycling paper, plastic, expanded polystyrene, glass and aluminum, as well as batteries and electronics.
High-Efficiency, Lower Amperage
High-efficiency pumps are installed for the chiller systems, cutting amperage by >30%.
Conversion of refrigerators and freezers to chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-free models reduces CFC release into the atmosphere where it destroys ozone.
NEB supports: Mangrove Action Project
A global network working with communities to protect mangrove forest wetlands and coastal ecosystems against destructive shrimp fishing practices
NEB Supports: Center for Marine Conservation
Protecting ocean environments, through public education and research, and conserving the global abundance and diversity of marine life.
NEB Supports: Sustainable Ecosystems Institute
Dedicated to finding science-based and cooperative solutions to environmental issues.
NEB Supports: Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Working to identify and protect vulnerable ocean ecosystems worldwide.
6,000 Gallons Per Day
The addition of chillers to the fermentation process saves 6,000 gallons of water per day.
NEB Supports: Idea Wild
Dedicated to helping conserve the earth's diminishing biodiversity by empowering those who work to restore healthy ecosystems.
An on-site microbial water treatment facility processes all of the campus' wastewater before releasing it from the facility back into the surrounding groundwater.
NEB supports: Trees, Water & People
Helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well being depends.
Stewardship of Wetland Species
An education campaign protects nesting female Eastern Painted Turtles and Snapping Turtles and their newly hatched young at the NEB campus.
NEB supports: Agua Para la Vida
Helping rural Nicaraguan communities build their own gravity-flow clean drinking water and sanitation systems, health education programs and technical school providing the next generation of water technicians.
LEED Green Building Certification
NEB's new facility achieves the highest standard for green practices.
A Greener Commute
NEB's van pool is an environmentally friendly commuting option for staff that runs between Somerville and the NEB Ipswich campus.
NEB Café Composting
Lunchroom composting is started at NEB. Nearly 3.5 tons of compostables are collected each month.
Ocean Genome Legacy
A marine research and specimen repository that explores and preserves the biological diversity of the sea by cataloging the DNA of marine organisms.
Awarded the "Green Binnie"
MassRecycle - who are dedicated to promoting the benefits created by reducing, reusing and recycling - recognizes NEB's outstanding contributions to recycling in Massachusetts.
ISO 14001 certification
NEB achieves ISO 14001 certification – the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.
Sustainable Design Award
NEB receives an award for the ecologically mindful design of its three-storey, 208,000 sq. ft. headquarters, which shows sensitivity to the existing rural setting as well as preserving several 300 year-old Copper Beech trees.
ISO 13485 Certification
NEB achieves ISO 13485 certification - a standard for quality management systems.
NEB Supports: EcoLogic
Empowering rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems.
Celebrating Passion in Science
NEB introduces the Passion in Science Awards™ to recognize those within the scientific community working to solve many of today’s challenges, including an award for environmental stewardship.
A Greener Catalog
NEB releases first CarbonNeutral® certified catalog produced in the U.S; CO2 generated by printing and distributing the catalog is reduced to net zero through carbon offset projects.
Responsible Lab Work
NEB sponsors LabConscious, an open resource for life scientists in green lab initiatives.
NEB releases environmentally-friendly Monarch® Nucleic Acid Purification kits that use less plastic, provide the ability to be recycled, and use recycled paper for packaging, as well as concise protocol cards printed with soy and water-based inks.
NEB has 2028 solar photovoltaic modules on 2.4 acres that have the capacity to generate 0.75 megawatts of electricity that is returned back to the main Ipswich power grid.
NEB Supports: Paso Pacifico
Protecting Western Central America’s endangered turtle species from illegal turtle egg trade and destructive fishing practices through community education.
NEB Supports: Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund
Committed to conserving biological diversity in Area de Conservacion Guanacasta (ACG) in northwest Costa Rica.