Welcome to Green Badger’s list of environmentally sustainable and architecturally inspirational LEED certified breweries across the United States.
If there’s one thing you need to know about Green Badger, its that we love a frosty brew for almost any reason – especially if it occurs during times that used to be dedicated to slogging through LEED paperwork. While we love all kinds of beer, when we travel we drink local.
And even more than local brews, we love breweries that incorporate sustainability into their ethos and operations. Below you’ll find our initial compilation of sustainable breweries from across the country. If we missed any, please let us know!
Brewery Vivant—Grand Rapids, Michigan
LEED Scorecard: Silver 52/110
Brewery Vivant was awarded the first ever LEED certification for a production brewery in the United States in 2012. Being a sustainable company for Brewery Vivant means considering the impact of their decisions on the natural environment, the people that may be affected, and the financial health of their business.
“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.”
(via Brewery Vivant)
Catskill Brewery—Livingston Manor, New York
LEED Scorecard: Gold 44/69
“The Catskill Brewery is a new venture between an organic fruit nectar importer and the founder of Catskill Mountainkeeper. The all new 5,300 square foot brewery and office complex brings the various talents together under one roof.
The brewery consists of 3,500 square feet for production, including the brew house and milling room, 12 fermentation and conditioning vessels, a bottling line, conditioned storage, and a small tasting area, all in a vaulted, clerestory-lit space.”
(via River Architects)
Mother Earth Brewery—Kinston, North Carolina
LEED Scorecard: Gold 61/110
“Rather than construct a new building, we envisioned renewing the old, uncared-for brick structure with the spirit of Mother Earth herself. We dove into a thorough study of environmentally friendly construction material. Less than a year later, we reached their goal. Various building materials color the brewery green from top to bottom. We were even able to reuse 95% of the original brick, wood and steel from the structure in the construction process.
(via Mother Earth Brewing)
New Belgium Brewing—Asheville, North Carolina
Brewery – LEED Scorecard: Gold 69/110
Visitor Center – LEED Scorecard: Platinum 82/110
“In alignment with New Belgium’s commitment to sustainability, its Distribution Center in Asheville has achieved a LEED Silver Certification. From motion-sensor LED lighting to locally sourced and recycled building materials, the 132,000-square-foot warehouse uses nearly 27 percent less energy than a traditional building and is built with the health of both employees and the environment in mind.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company—Mills River, North Carolina
LEED Scorecard: LEED Platinum
“LEED Platinum certification was achieved through a detailed planning and design process, based on lessons learned from our Chico, California, facility. From the start of construction in 2012, Sierra Nevada closely adhered to LEED guidelines resulting in a site that is among the best-in-class for breweries.
The most important element of Sierra Nevada’s sustainability story is its employees. With constant education, training and encouragement, employees form the backbone of the company’s sustainability efforts and serve as ambassadors for all that we do.”
Smuttynose Brewing Company—Hampton, New Hampshire
LEED Scorecard: Gold 39/69
“At Smuttynose Brewing Co. we believe in more than just fine craft beer. Without the people to brew, bottle and distribute and without our beautiful natural world, we wouldn’t brew a drop of beer. What’s a cold Summer Weizen without a hot July day or a dark Winter Ale without a frosty December? Not much. For these (and many other) reasons, we take care of our people and our world.“
(via Smuttynose Brewing Company)
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – Saint Louis, Missouri
LEED Scorecard: Silver 51/110
“We feel that it is our responsibility to strive to reduce our impact on the environment during every step of operations at Urban Chestnut. From energy and water consumption to waste management, we have implemented strategies to become a more environmentally sustainable and responsible organization. We are a small brewery, but we constantly strive to have a positive impact on the environment and within our community.“
(via Urban Chestnut)
If craft breweries aren’t your style, check out our list of LEED Certified Wineries in the U.S.
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