Brewery releases sustainability report

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Courtesy Brewery Vivant

A local microbrewery recently released its annual sustainability report.

Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant and Broadleaf Brewery & Spirits of Kentwood every year release their annual “Beer the Change” sustainability report. The 2021 report, released on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, revealed:

  • One percent of sales were donated to local community partners, including benefit beers with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Our Kitchen Table, The Highlands, John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Pit Bull Alliance.
  • Seventy-nine percent of all purchases made were with privately owned, Michigan-based companies.
  • Over 12% of Cherry Street electricity usage was from Brewery Vivant’s 192-panel solar array.
  • Carbon footprint intensity was down 19% compared to 2020. This is a measure of the volume of greenhouse gas emissions per dollar of revenue generated.

The report also for the first time included information on the company’s diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessibility.

“Our company exists to build community both inside and outside of our doors,” said Brewery Vivant Vice President Jonathan Ward. “Our desired outcome for our work is that our team members have an understanding of the barriers to equity and inclusion within our company and our community. We will encourage our team members to take this knowledge and act on it, working together to help create a sustainable community for all.”

Brewery Vivant and Broad Leaf Brewery & Spirits recently became a member of the Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge and Better Plant Challenge. As a result, the company will commit to 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 25% energy intensity reduction in 10 years using 2021 as the baseline.

“By joining these programs, we will be able to utilize the many industrial decarbonization and energy-efficiency tools and resources they provide,” said Co-Founder and President Kris Spaulding. “Accelerating energy efficiency is a key component of any comprehensive GHG emissions reduction strategy.”

The company also joined a coalition to expand wilderness areas in the Upper Peninsula. The proposed areas include the Ehlco area, Trap Hills, Norwich Plains and the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness.

Brewery Vivant is the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified commercial microbrewery and a certified B Corporation. It is located at 925 Cherry St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Broad Leaf Brewery & Spirits is Brewery Vivant’s second taphouse and is located at 2885 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE in Kentwood.

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