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 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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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.

90%

expenses within 250 miles

75%

expenses within Michigan

1%

of sales to local charities,

25% in East Hill neighborhood

Zero

waste / landfill diversion

3:1

water to beer ratio

10%

on-site renewable energy generation

Lower

annual reduction of our carbon footprint

0

safety incidents

250

employee volunteer hours

50%

food inputs grown within 250 miles

25%

beer inputs grown within 250 miles

Our Buildings

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First LEED certified commercial microbrewery in the world!

Brewery Vivant is housed in an 80+ year-old renovated building sitting in the heart of the East Hills neighborhood and has immeasurable character. While the building has had many uses, none have them have been a brewery so we had to get creative to fit our use in this space...but that is what gives it its charm.

Known as the first LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, microbrewery in the world, Brewery Vivant is has incorporated many things to help us reduce, reuse and recycle.

  • High efficiency heating/cooling units with CO2 sensors that resulted in an energy savings of 7% over ASHRAE 90.1-2007 (LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance)
  • Our existing glycol cooling system for our beer tanks were up-sized slightly so it could also cool the cooler our draft beer comes from.
  • All of our rainwater runoff is recaptured in a giant cistern and slowly released into the ground to reduce the pressure on our city’s wastewater treatment plant.
  • We also use no potable water to irrigate all of our landscaping around the building and within the beer garden (LEED Water Efficiency Credit 1: Water Efficient Landscaping)
  • Instead of expending extra resources on tile, carpet or paint, we chose to polish our existing concrete floors in the pub. Not only did this save us money but also gave us a really cool look.
  • Our toilets are all low flow and we have waterless urinals, resulting in a yearly water savings of nearly 50,000 gallons of potable water (LEED Water Efficiency Prerequisite 1: Water Use Reduction)
  • The sinks in our bathrooms use sensors to turn on and off to reduce water use.

Learn more about the history of our buildings.

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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 2017 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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plainsongfarm
redproject
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wellhouse
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BEER THE CHANGE

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OUR SUSTAINABLE IMPACT REPORT

Sustainability Reports

We've been publishing Beer The Change® each year we've been open. This report highlights our progress towards our goals. See our growth, challenges, and opportunities made real over the years. These reports are in PDF format:

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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