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Highlights from Biocom’s Bay Area & San Diego Earth Day Sustainability Events

  • 2019-05-17T00:32:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Mandy Yeganegi

Celebrating Earth Day Statewide: This April, Biocom members across the state came out to celebrate Earth Day over farm-to-table hors d'oeuvres, craft kombucha, and conservation conversations while learning more about California's sustainable business solutions from industry advocates and luminaries. We were joined by some of California's key industry companies, research organizations, academic institutions and service providers, and were honored to host panelists from My Green Lab, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Illumina, Genentech, Genomatica, University of California, and BioSurplus as they discussed best purchasing practices, long-term cost-effectiveness and daily sustainable initiatives.

All Star Line-Up of Panelists from NorCal to SoCal

  • Rachael Relph | Chief Sustainability Office | My Green Lab
  • Cristina Amorim | VP, EHS & Sustainability | Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Tamara Fox | Associate Director, EHS | Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Sharon Vidal | Global lead EHS Sustainability Programs | Illumina
  • Rebecca Regnier-Bray | Environmental Program Manager | Genentech
  • Christine Gallup | Communications Specialist | Genomatica
  • Melanie Cohn | Director of Regional Policy & Government Affairs | Biocom
  • Rachael Relph | Chief Sustainability Officer | My Green Lab
  • Kristi Budzinski | Green BioPharma Program Manager | Genentech
  • Korey Fleck | Associate Director Life Sciences | University of California
  • Bill VanDeWeghe | President & CEO | BioSurplus
Thank you to our sustainable suppliers who showcased their green offerings!

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Sustainability Soundbites
"As we built Vertex we wanted to incorporate sustainability and make it as energy efficient as possible and implement management systems for HVAC. Being a good corporate citizen and contributing to the community. ​​​"

"Sustainability is eliminating our footprint."

"We want humanity to thrive on this planet, not at the cost of the planet. ​​​​​​"

"The stakeholders go directly to the consumer, they’re saying we want natural sustainable products. Marketing directors, CEOs, distributors, manufacturers all need to be on the same page. The drive to be transparent is a key goal for Genomatica."

"Internal collaboration is key, make them think it’s their idea. Show the benefit, rejoice it, celebrate it. Lift those people up."

"The volume is really high on plastic recycling. The removal chain from the point of use to point of disposal is not as solid as the supply chain."