Bayer: A Green Past, and an Even Greener Future
Whippany, N.J., (November 3, 2014) – For Bayer HealthCare, sponsorship of the 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala, hosted by the New Jersey Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC NJ), is a celebration of its new state-of the art U.S. facilities in Whippany, N.J. as well as decades of leadership in sustainability. Bayer is not only a sponsor of USGBC NJ’s Emerald Awards Gala, it is also one of the winners that will be honored at the event, which is taking place on Nov. 7 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.
Bayer’s new facility represents its significant presence in N.J., where 2,500 employees are based. The facility is housed on a 690,000-square-foot, adjoined two-building campus that was once home to Alcatel-Lucent. When the company committed to relocating to this site, it hired Gensler, KA Architecture, Genesis Engineers, Rockbrook Consulting, Bohler & Hamilton and PS&S to help design and plan a complete renovation. Bayer has earned LEED Platinum certification for Interior Fit-out and continues pursuing LEED Gold certification for Core and Shell.
“Bayer embraced the guiding principles of sustaining economic growth without harming the planet or exhausting its resources, while providing spaces that improve the quality of life for its current and future employees,” said Dan Apel, Senior Vice President, Head of Bayer HealthCare Central Administration & Organization, and Whippany Site Head.
After remediating the site to bring it to current standards, the project team implemented new environmental monitoring and treatment systems. Over the course of the project, specific focus on resource awareness, recycling and waste reduction resulted in diversion of more than 99 percent of construction and demolition material from landfill. Bayer’s commitment to recycling and re-use continues today. The company is using an organic food waste disposal system in its cafeteria kitchen to ensure that refuse can become part of the planet’s recovery.
Bayer has also taken a leadership role in establishing a corporate culture that is committed to reducing the impact of employee motor vehicle travel. The company provides conveniently located bike racks, an onsite fitness center with showers, charging stations and preferred parking for electric and hybrid vehicles, shuttle service to area train stations at no cost to employees, and the addition of two bus lines within a one-quarter mile of the campus.
Inside the buildings, Bayer’s focus on reducing energy use – and increasing employee productivity through comfort – permeates throughout. Open-plan workspaces allow natural sunlight to flow everywhere, while photocells, mechanical shades, individual task lighting and occupancy sensors enable the company to continually adjust and optimize lighting based on need. To ensure that Bayer’s employees could work in optimal health and comfort, Bayer designed its campus to incorporate three miles of walking paths and gave workers a selection of ergonomic chairs sourced from companies that manufactured their products according to best practices in sustainability. Each workstation is also outfitted with electronic sit-to-stand desks to encourage less sitting. Finally Bayer looked to dramatically reduce water use throughout the campus by installing low-flow fixtures in the bathrooms, kitchen and on-site showers.
While Bayer reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 33 percent from 1990 to 2005, the company wanted to do even better. At the Whippany campus, energy-efficiency has taken the form of a white roof to reduce heat gain, a demand-controlled ventilation system to diminish HVAC loads, automated solar shades and energy-efficient equipment.
“All of these strategies, among many others, would not have been successful without the integrated collaboration that took place very early on from all project team members and the continued focus by our employees everyday on sustainability,” Apel added.
USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed online prior to the event. Pre-bidding is available HERE. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.
USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.
“When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “USGBC NJ Gala sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”
For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at email@example.com.
REGISTRATION is available here.
Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.
About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.
For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.
There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*
*As of September, 2014