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E-Letters were topic-specific, electronic newsletters published four times per year by ISPE's global Communities of Practice (CoPs). The content for E-Letters was submitted by professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry and was a resource by which to share best practices, regulatory news, technical articles and innovative solutions to real world problems. E-Letters were discontinued in 2013.

*CoPs are an ISPE Member-only benefit; therefore some E-Letter content can be accessed only if you are an ISPE Member. Join ISPE today to continue accessing past E-Letter content and other valuable resources that will assist you in being more effective at your job.

April 2013

Mitigate Risk, Facilitate Project Delivery, Integrate Sustainability, and Improve Maintainability for Advanced Technology Facilities
An article by Allan Chasey in the March/April issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering presents a project management vision that uses the reduction of risk, value-added sustainability, and improved operations and maintenance to minimize conflicts, waste, and costs. More.

Is Your Project LEED-certified? Tell Us About It!
The Sustainable Facilities COP is compiling a database of LEED-certified projects for ISPE Member use. If you were involved in or know of such a project, please send the following information to

  • Project title
  • Certification (LEED or equivalent)
  • Brief description with any technical highlights
  • Company contact name/email

Electric Motor Asset Management for Energy Efficiency
Motors consume a large portion of a pharmaceutical facility’s electrical energy. A Pharmaceutical Engineering Knowledge Brief by Ian Wilson discusses the importance of motor efficiency and how speed control can deliver large savings. More.

Is Sustainability Becoming a Baseline?
What was green yesterday is normal today, says Peter Garforth in his article in Plant Services. He calls for entire industry sectors to explore what it will take to shift green energy and other aspects of sustainability from being an optional extra to an embedded part of the baseline design, manufacturing, and delivery of products. More.

ISPE to Develop Sustainability Good Practice Guide
The Sustainable Facilities and HVAC COPs plan to lead the development of an ISPE Sustainability Good Practice Guide. The Guide will provide guidance on sustainable regulations, assessment schemes to inform corporate management, designers, construction companies, consultants, and end users. For more information, contact Nick Haycocks at or Rob Bowen at

Newly Revised COP Operations Handbook Now Available
The Community of Practice (COP) Operations Handbook has been recently revised to provide guidance on governance, organizational structure, and operational procedures for COPs. The Operations Handbook is intended to serve as a resource for COP Steering Committee Members and local COP leaders, as well as all Volunteer groups or individuals who interact with ISPE COPs. Visit the Volunteer Resources section of the ISPE website to download a copy of the newly revised COP Operations Handbook.

July 2010

Green Cooling Towers: Sometimes More is Less
There is an exception to every rule and cooling towers are one exception to this one. Traditional towers utilize low chemical concentrations to prevent degradation of the sheet metal housing and basins and corrosion of their components. By switching to a Molded Polymer basin unit, high concentrations can be used reducing water use and enhancing the performance and life expectancy of the facility piping. Read more.

Case Study on Winner of the 2010 Facility of the Year Award for Sustainability
A special supplement to the May/June 2010 issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine includes a case study on Pfizer Biotechnology’s Ireland’s Monoclonal Antibodies Small-Scale Facility (MAbs SSF), winner of the 2010 Facility of the Year Award for Sustainability. The facility represents Pfizer’s first biotechnology greenfield development. Read more.

S-Labs Newsletter
This is the first newsletter from the S-Lab (Safe, Successful and Sustainable Lab), an initiative of the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) project. S-Lab works in collaboration with the US Labs21 initiative. Read more.

April 2010

Sustainable Facilities COP Develops Register of Best Practice Case Studies
The Sustainable Facilities COP is developing a Best Practice Register that so far includes 14 case studies on continuous processing, building design, energy conservation, process optimization, construction methods, green chemistry, and green packaging. All COP members are invited to contribute content to the register. Read more ( 131 KB) .

Best Practice: GSK Innovative Manufacturing Initiative
A Sustainable Facilities COP Best Practice case study discusses a novel means of pharmaceutical manufacturing that answers the need for sustainable manufacturing techniques: continuous processing or process intensification for the manufacturing of API. Read more ( 438 KB) .

Best Practice: Condensing Steam Boiler – Recover Every Last Drop and Kilowatt

A Sustainable Facilities COP Best Practice case study discusses the unconventional but successful use of a condensing steam boiler that can offer as much as 10% in fuel savings. Read more ( 429 KB) .

Labs21: High-Performance Energy Efficient Laboratory Facilities

The Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) program, co-sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy, focuses on high-performance energy efficient laboratory facilities and offers professionals worldwide the opportunity for information and education exchange through Partnership Program, Training and Education, and their Tool Kit. The ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter R&D Subcommittee recently held a webinar describing this program. A Q&A log from the webinar is available on the Sustainable Facilities COP site. Read more.

Sustainable Clean Rooms Event
The challenges of meeting exacting specifications for any or all of particulates, humidity, temperature, and vibration in an energy efficient manner is particularly difficult with clean rooms, which are becoming increasingly prevalent in higher education as areas such as bio-engineering and nanotechnology expand. A free event, to be held 26 April 2010 at Cranfield University (UK) will examine these challenges and available solutions. Although targeted at universities, the issues to be discussed are similar in all clean rooms and laboratories, so external attendees are welcome. Read more ( 337 KB).

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