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.
Brewing beer requires large amounts of energy, agricultural ingredients, packaging material, water, and labor all to be fermented and be poured in a single glass. This diverse economy allows us to pursue many different facets of sustainability in our business: energy efficiency, water stewardship, supply chain management, waste management, wastewater diversion, etc.
Becoming sustainable and reducing our impact will require not only technological upgrades to our building and equipment, but also deep community partnerships and a knowledgeable and engaged staff.
At the beginning of our third year, we surveyed our staff to find what they thought were the most important environmental and philanthropic impacts we could affect as a company. We then aggregated these results, and came up with four major pillars of our new sustainability initiatives:
- 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, removing our brewing byproduct from our wastewater, lowering the impact of our supply chain, and partnering with different farmers and environmental organizations throughout Columbus and Ohio to make a healthier, better, cleaner world.
We’ve set some aggressive goals for ourselves over the next three years, aiming to greatly reduce our impact, our waste, our emissions and become one of the most-sustainable breweries our size in the midwest:
Keep your eyes on this page as we rollout new programs and install more equipment to meet our goals.