Brewery releases 'Beer the Change' report
A local brewery has released its “Beer the Change” report.
Released on St. Patrick’s Day as Brewery Vivant’s “version of green beer,” the “Beer the Change” report tracks the Grand Rapids company's sustainability goals since its founding in 2010.
Brewery Vivant reports 2016 data on several metrics: it used 45.7 percent locally sourced food ingredients, up from 25.7 percent in 2015; it donated 250 employee volunteer hours; generated 6.5-percent on-site renewable energy; and it recycled 8,491 cubic feet of waste.
“Every year, we publish our ‘Beer the Change’ report to show staff, customers and community members our continued commitment to being good for the planet and good for people, while being profitable,” said Kris Spaulding, co-owner and sustainability director, Brewery Vivant.
“We are proud to be part of a growing community of businesses that are taking the extra step in measuring their social and environmental impact and goals, while also being open about where we seek to grow and improve.”
In the report, the brewery says it is nearly 15 cows over “cow neutral,” having served 21.4 cows worth of burgers in the pub, or 19,246 burgers, and given away 331,504 pounds of spent grain, feeding the equivalent of 36.3 cows.
The brewery says its 192-panel solar array is the 31st-largest brewery solar array in the world.
Brewery Vivant is one of 17 certified B Corps in West Michigan, and it raised its score during the re-certification process to 110 points, up from 86 in its initial certification. In the future, it plans to partner with more local businesses and further reduce its carbon footprint.
Brewery Vivant also donates 1 percent of sales to local charities and more than 40 percent of those donations stay in its East Hills neighborhood.
“We would love to see more businesses follow Brewery Vivant’s lead and explore how they can be a force for good in Grand Rapids,” said Elissa Hillary, executive director, Local First. “There are many small ways to start using your business as a force for good, such as taking steps to recycle more or through volunteering.”
Hillary added that by taking Local First’s Quick Impact Assessment, businesses can identify what they’re “already doing to make a positive impact and where there are opportunities to grow.”