Sustainability is at the core of our employees and brewery. Living in the Green Mountain state serves as a constant visual reminder to be environmental stewards to our local community and to the environment in which we are all a part of. Our brewery is a member of the Green Brewery Cohort, to which we are committed to a 5% minimum reduction in energy use by 2020. There are now more breweries than pre-prohibition, and we want to be a leading example of how breweries can be sustainable.
A few examples of what we’ve already done to be green:
Switched to high efficiency biomass pellet boiler system for brewing
Created a Sustainability Coordinator position
Switched ALL lighting to LEDs and motion sensor lights
What we are currently working on:
Tracking our energy use, pounds of waste per barrel produced, kilowatt hours per barrel produced, and gallons of water per barrel produced.
We are using the Brewer’s Association spreadsheet tool to assist with tracking our use and waste, which also takes into consideration our region to benchmark against breweries in areas similar to us.
Optimizing our chiller (using only when needed and turning it of when not). It seems simple, but it’s rarely implemented in a production facility.
Hermit Thrush Environmental Policy:
We are committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business. It is our policy to seek improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water, and other natural resources. We strive to reduce waste generation by recycling and purchasing environmentally preferable products, and to reduce our use of toxic materials and production of toxic products and/or byproducts. We are committed to environmental excellence and pollution prevention through continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements.