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Meeting Environmental Safety Standards on the West Coast

Our Northern California manufacturing site conforms to management system standards for environmental and occupational health and safety. All employees are encouraged to submit incidents, near misses, and good catches into our global incident management system.

  • We actively design and renovate facilities and office suites that are energy efficient and embrace the highest of standards used by green building rating systems.
    • All building construction and renovation projects meet either LEED Gold certification requirements from the U.S. Green Building Council or the more stringent CALGreen building code requirements from the State of California in place at the time of project execution.
  • Revitalizing a downtown San Rafael brownfield by completing a $17M remediation of a former PG&E Manufactured Gas Plant site to remove toxic materials.
    • This work not only enables the expansion of our San Rafael campus, but also supports our donation of a portion of the remediated property to nonprofit organizations that will develop an active aging center and affordable senior housing for the community.
  • Purchase of 100% of our electricity from Marin Clean Energy with over 60% of BioMarin’s electricity for our Novato and San Rafael campuses generated from renewable sources like wind and solar.
  • Ensure safe and secure disposal of unused or unwanted medications and medical waste (click here for more information about the safe disposal of sharps).
  • Implemented training and information on chemical substances, hazardous substances and hazardous waste.
  • Reduced water consumption and improved efficiency of water utilities, using computerized sensors and automatic isolation valves.
  • Use of a clean, natural-gas fired co-generation system at the Novato manufacturing facility.
    • This cogeneration system captures the heat generated by the generators to produce the steam we use in our production processes and is capable of generating 2 MW of electricity.
  • Installation of a photovoltaic system made up of 434 solar panels on the roof of the Lincoln Parking Garage at our San Rafael campus, which produces approximately 115 kWh of power, equivalent to the electricity needed to power the 161 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and other systems and equipment in the parking garage.
  • We offer a variety of reduce, reuse, recycle, and composting programs throughout its facilities and prioritizes beneficial reuse, energy recovery, and reduction of waste to landfills, including:
    • Recycling cardboard and reusable containers for bioprocessing materials.
    • Redirecting copper sulfate and zinc sulfate solutions for metals recycling at our Novato manufacturing facility.
    • Engaging with an end of life and surplus asset management vendor to find sustainable outlets for assets no longer needed by BioMarin that still have useful lives.
    • Donating surplus laboratory equipment to local schools and colleges in both the US and Ireland, and donating freezers for COVID-19 related vaccine distribution.
  • Development and implementation of an Employee Commuter Program that provides incentives for alternative transportation to cut back on the number of vehicles on roadways and reduce emissions, including:
    • Offering flexible work hours to help employees avoid peak commute times.
    • Offering work from home, or the ability to work from alternative campuses closer to an employee’s home, and touchdown spaces and proper technology infrastructure to support this flexibility.
    • Partnering with the 511 Rideshare organization to establish a sophisticated “ride-match” database exclusively for BioMarin employees.
    • Providing preferential on-site parking for carpools, vanpools, and hybrid/alternative vehicles.
    • Sponsoring a Flexible Spending Account designed to encourage employees to set aside pre-tax money to pay for qualified public transportation expenses.
    • Negotiating local business discounts within walking distance of our campuses to further reduce trip generation especially at lunch time.
    • We also provide bicycle parking, lockers, and shower facilities to encourage employees to commute by bicycle, scooter or foot from nearby residential areas, and we provide 161 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at our Novato campus.
    • BioMarin also encourages employees to access the SMART train (a newly created commuter train serving Marin and Sonoma Counties in Northern California) and provides a shuttle service from the SMART train station in Novato to our Novato campus.
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