We also conducted a webcast last month on The Greening of Pharma and, while I'm biased, it really is a great program if you have time for a look and listen. (It's free with registration.) EPA's Walt Tunnessen led off the program talking about how Energy Star is supporting pharma's green efforts, followed by Pfizer's Kathy Young and Merck's Rob Colucci. What was amazing to me as I moderated the event is how much detailed information both Young and Colucci shared about their respective corporate energy initiatives. (I particularly liked Young's discussion of the dashboard she has set up to monitor energy usage throughout the Kalamazoo facility--it's something she has piloted and hopes to pass on to other Pfizer sites.) Like any aspect of a manufacturer's operations, energy management done well can be a real competitive advantage. And so for these two professionals to freely share best practices with our audience was terrific, though as the Herald article suggests not all that unusual in the life sciences.
It's easy being green (no offense, Kermit) for life sciences companies these days . . . something to be proud of. Sure, the industry can use the good PR, but more importantly it is positioning itself for a healthier and more competitive future.