The Land-Grant Brewing Company's Sun-Grant Series is inspired by the Sun-Grant Association, a group of Land-Grant Universities that research and develop sustainable and environmentally friendly bio-based energy alternatives.
Since the beginning, we’ve wanted to be a brewery that brews with championship integrity. Brewing beer requires large amounts of energy, agricultural ingredients, packaging material, water, and labor all to be fermented and poured in a single glass. When we opened, our skeleton crew wasn’t able to pursue sustainability while also brewing, kegging, canning, delivering, bartending, and getting ourselves off the ground. Three years later and thirty-plus employees larger, we were able to set out to pursue sustainable brewing at last.
Launched in 2017, our Sun-Grant Sustainability Program has organized, measured, managed, and pursued our various environmental and communal initiatives within and without our brewery. These initiatives are housed under the four pillars of the Sun-Grant Program:
- MITIGATION OF LIFE CYCLE IMPACT
- REDUCTION OF CARBON FOOTPRINT
- WATER STEWARDSHIP
- DEEP COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
These pillars, and the initiatives within them, reflect the common themes that we seek to address in our sustainability program: reduction of greenhouse gases, closing loops, minimizing waste, decreasing our water use intensity, diverting brewing byproduct from our wastewater, lowering the impact of our supply chain, and partnering with different farmers, environmental organizations, and community groups throughout Columbus and Ohio to make a healthier, better, cleaner world.
In our Sun-Grant program’s first year, we focused on building a holistic foundation to our sustainability efforts, with the aim of making progress and creating programs within each of the four pillars. Because of this, we were able to begin to mitigate every bit of our environmental impact, but as a Jack-of-All- Trades, Master-of-None.
In 2018 we aimed to build upon this foundation, learning from the successes and shortcomings of our first year, focus our efforts on some of our largest impact areas, and spread some of our success to our fellow breweries throughout the state of Ohio.
Keep your eyes on this page as we rollout new programs and install more equipment to meet our goals.