Mar 04, 2021
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1,800 trees newly planted: Sartorius supports biodiversity in Puerto Rico

Sartorius has recently engaged in a major biodiversity project. The life science company increased the diversity of the local flora and fauna at their production sites. The result: newly planted trees from 93 different species, and seedlings that will be used to continue reforesting other areas in nearby cities.

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The initiative first began when the Sartorius team discovered there were trees on their site in Yauco that were not from this geographic area. They took the decision to increase the diversity of the local flora and fauna in collaboration with the local government and a gardening resource. The result: The team oversaw together the planting of 1,800 endemic ornamental trees on its six-acre campus.

“Biodiversity is the priority of life in a habitat or ecosystem. At Sartorius, we try our best to protect and preserve natural resources at our production sites. The different trees we now have on campus in Yauco bring an added benefit to the ecosystem,” said Freddie Crespo, Manager of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) North America.

Within three months, new trees from 93 different species native to Puerto Rico were in the ground and thriving, helping to reduce Sartorius’ environmental footprint by absorbing gas from the atmosphere. Moreover, their seeds and seedlings will be used to continue reforesting other areas in nearby cities, thus promoting biodiversity throughout the island. 

As a result, the team’s efforts helped to underscore Sartorius’ solid commitment to sustainability. “It all rolls up to our 17 sustainable development goals as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, which aims to secure sustainable development at economic, social and ecological levels,” said Freddie.

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Biodiversity project in Göttingen, Germany

In Germany, Sartorius is collaborating with the city of Göttingen and Heinz Sielmann Foundation to create a wetland biotope. With this initiative, Sartorius aims to build an ecologically diverse, natural habitat for rare and endangered animals. While Heinz Sielmann Foundation is responsible for coordinating the project, Sartorius will be covering the project costs of more than one million euros. The city of Göttingen will provide the 16-hectare area – around 40 acres – at Leine River, where the biotope will be created. The project is scheduled to be completed by autumn 2021.

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