Supplement | HBS Case Collection | September 2009 (Revised December 2009)

Genzyme Center (C)

by Michael W. Toffel and Aldo Sesia


Genzyme Corporation is in the midst of planning its new corporate headquarters, which incorporates many innovative green building features. After learning that the building as planned would likely earn a LEED Silver rating, an intermediate score in the LEED green building rating scheme, the CEO charged the building team with exploring opportunities that would enable the building to earn the highest rating, LEED Platinum. Five additional green building features are described, and students are asked to analyze and recommend which, if any, of these features to pursue based on their cost, likelihood of earning LEED credits, and their influence on the building's environmental performance.

Keywords: Environmental Sustainability; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Standards; Cost vs Benefits; Biotechnology Industry; Construction Industry; Real Estate Industry; Green Technology Industry;


Toffel, Michael W., and Aldo Sesia. "Genzyme Center (C)." Harvard Business School Supplement 610-010, September 2009. (Revised December 2009.)