SUSTAINABILITY

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PEOPLE. PLANET. PROFIT.

Being a sustainable company for Brewery Vivant means considering the impact of our decisions on the natural environment, the people that may be affected, and the financial health of our business. We operate according to the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet, & Profit. In 2014 we became the 4th certified B Corporation (link to bcorporation.net) in West Michigan (there are over 900 B Corps globally). B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This is an international certification similar to LEED for buildings or Fair Trade for coffees, but it looks at the whole business, not just one piece.

 

LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Brewery Vivant was awarded the first ever LEED certification (LEED Silver) for a production brewery in the United States in 2012. The U.S. Green Building Council is the certifying party that is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Efficiencies also save money. This initiative is directly in line with our Triple Bottom Line.

Carbon Footprint of Farm Hand
Farm Hand is our flagship beer (most often brewed, sold, and drank!). In 2013 we compiled a boatload of statistics and calculated the beer's carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is determined by calculating the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person. Farm Hand's carbon footprint is 418.97 g CO2e. If you want to know more about this number, what it means, and how we arrived at it, check out the extensive Carbon Footprint Report (PDF).

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List of Goals
Being transparent about our goals and outcomes is a way we can stay accountable to you, our customer. By doing so, we also hope to inspire others to consider their impact on the world around them, and hopefully use their time on this Earth to be a force for good. "Be the change you wish to see in the world," Ghandi says. We say BEER the change! We report on our goals each March (on St Patrick's Day, it's our version of Green Beer). Click here to view our current Beer The Change® Report.

250

employee volunteer hours

(658 total since opening)

.99%

of sales to local charities,

25% in East Hill neighborhood

0

safety incidents

0

waste / landfill diversion

3:1

water to beer ratio

10%

on-site renewable energy generation

Lower

annual reduction of our carbon footprint

90%

expenses within 250 miles

75%

expenses within Michigan

50%

food inputs grown within 250 miles

10%

food inputs grown on own farm

25%

beer inputs grown within 250 miles

THE CANS

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Better for your beer. Better for your Earth. Better for your adventure.

At Brewery Vivant, we deliver our beer to you in 16oz pint cans. Why cans you ask? Beer's two greatest enemies are none other than light and air. While certain wavelengths of light (on the UV spectrum) can cause hop character to wither, oxygen will dampen the nuanced malt flavor your local brewer spent a month to a year honing. The opaque, air-tight aluminum can blocks both light and air. Enjoy beer the way it was intended. No limes/oranges/lemons needed. Our use of aluminum is also part of our commitment to the environment. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and is the only package that more than covers its recycling costs, helping to finance the collection and recycling of other materials such as glass and plastic. The aluminum can not only protects the flavor of your beer but it also travels where ever you go and is lighter on the pack to boot. Go on, have an adventure. Take Brewery Vivant with you. #BVtravels  @breweryvivant

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COMMUNITY

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"We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink." - Epicurus, 4th Century BC

We believe that a great business exists because of the support of the local community. Therefore, a business should be an active extension of the community and should strive to find meaningful ways to give back.

We work to positively impact our community through a number of ways. At the pub, we have two 20 foot long community tables as the main seating option. Our hope is that people sitting there will meet their neighbors and engage in lively conversation, and through doing so, our community.

We chose to locate our business in a neighborhood as opposed to a commercial district. We like the idea that people can walk or bike to our place from their home. We also like that we found a dilapidated building that was once an eyesore and we brought it back to life to become a viable part of the neighborhood.

We give 1% of sales to our local charity partners. This allows us to strategically cultivate relationships in the community and keep the money flowing circular, enriching us all. We no longer donate to auctions or other similar events so we can focus our giving on fewer, larger gifts to our community partners.

Benefit Nights at the Pub
Every-other-month we invite a local non-profit organization to the pub and share a percentage of our sales that day with the organization. Here's the 2016 line up. Come out and have an extra beer or splurge on several courses knowing that you're supporting the following:
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BEER THE CHANGE

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OUR SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Get In Touch

ADDRESS

925 Cherry St - Grand Rapids, MI 49506

HOURS

Mon-Thurs: 3pm-11pm
Fri: 3pm-midnight
Saturday: 11am-midnight
Sunday: noon-10pm

CONTACT

Phone: 616.719.1604

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