If you could save $1,000 a month, would you?
We have set out to lower our cost of business, decrease our carbon footprint and reduce our waste. Forget about climate change for a moment. This is about voting with our dollars to shape the world for the better. We just reap the added benefit of a healthier environment for our children, or friends, our fellow living beings.
Besides, who wouldn’t like to lower their utility bills, or breath clean air and drink clean water?
A fresh layer of insulation in the Silverton Memorial Municipal building, replacement of a 70 year old boiler and modern lights have already set us on our path. But, there’s so much more we have to do.
High-efficiency HVAC. Underground.
As one of our first sustainability projects, we installed a geothermal HVAC system. A geothermal system reduces the amount of energy used to heat and cool air by exchanging the temperature of air above ground with water pumped under ground. These systems pump water through underground wells where the Earth stays at a constant 55 degrees year round. They then circulate that water above ground to a heat exchanger so the HVAC system only has to heat or cool a few more degrees to make everyone cosy! Our friends at JM Mechanical helped us by drilling fourteen 350-foot-deep wells to make this magic happen.
ELECTRIC FROM WIND
Our facility’s electric supply is 100% powered by wind
Early in our rehab, we began a power purchase agreement with IGS. The Village of Silverton has a standing relationship with this power supplier and we were excited to partner with them to help us keep things clean. This naturally reduces our carbon footprint dramatically since we do not receive power from burning fossil fuels.
INSULATION & LED’S
Can you believe The Silverton Memorial Municipal building was not insulated?! Neither could we, so we had R38-equivalent insulation tucked in the new interior walls and ceilings. Next, we replace every single light with LEDs, and added a few new ones for drama. Matt’s dad, Marc, and his company Leesman Lighting were there to help us design our new lights and install the brains to control them.
LOCAL SOURCING (when it makes sense)
We like to get things from close neighbors when that makes sense for the needs of our business. This works the best with grain, hops, seasonal produce and the occasional proteins. By buying local, we help our neighbors and community keep dollars in local economy and manage our overall carbon footprint by reducing the amount of dinosaur bones burned to ship things from point A to point B.
LOCALLY SOURCED & CARBON NEUTRAL BEER
What is 'carbon neutral'? It means we offset the release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels by planting trees. Every product we buy, or make needs to be manufactured, cultivated or shipped by burning fossil fuels.
We designed Northern Exposure, our locally sourced Norwegian Table Ale, to be carbon neutral!
How did we do that?!
We sourced our beer ingredients from local sources as-close-as-possible to our brewery; hops from 6-miles away in Loveland, grain from Marysville, Ohio and a Norwegian yeast shipped from Chicago. Next, our wind power purchase lowers our carbon footprint by taking electric from a clean, renewable source. Then we lowered our energy demand by installing a geothermal HVAC system. Finally, we bought a carbon credit earned from planting trees in the Peruvian rain-forest!
It doesn't stop there! Proceeds will benefit a charity which plants even more trees.
We hope you enjoy this beer, its purpose, and help us push our carbon footprint negative.