40 attendees from the recycling industry joined us for networking, presentations, and a facility tour at Sierra Nevada on October 22, 2015. Along with the tour and overview of the brewery’s sustainability initiatives by Sierra Nevada Sustainability Coordinators Leah Cooper and Mandi McKay , the event included presentations from Henderson County’s Environmental Programs Coordinator Rachel Hodge and Asheville’s Sustainability Officer Amber Weaver.
At Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., sustainability means recognizing the impacts associated with their operations and making a conscious effort to reduce them. They are committed to leaving the smallest footprint possible without jeopardizing their high standards for quality. They strive to maintain a healthy balance between environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic stability. By engaging in an active sustainability program, they intend to leave a better world for future generations. They have been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for their commitment to reducing their environmental impact.
The Mills River tour will showcase their sustainability practices and many of the initiatives based on their philosophy to “reduce, reuse and recycle.” The tour also highlights many of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) features that have been incorporated into the site. The brewery features solar “trees,” rain and stormwater management systems, and a water treatment facility including their microturbine technology. Read their full Sustainability Report.