As April begins and spring starts to show its colors, the reminder of our beautiful world and its need for our attention is revived while we approach April, 22nd. As a company who takes pride in being green, we at Black Star Co-op are excited to announce our celebration in recognition for Earth Day. We are an environmentally friendly business model whose founding put importance on reducing our carbon footprint. As many of you may know, we are a scratch kitchen who proudly serves from farm to table. The majority of our vendors are local, we donate our spent grain to a Texas farm, and every day we practice composting and recycling. All of these choices play an important role in taking care of our planet, and we are not alone. Black Star Co-Op is one of a handful of breweries that are LEED Gold Certified.
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Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum
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Gold: 60-79 points earned
Silver: 50-59 points earned
Platinum: 80+ points earned
In our build-out the founders decided to set indoor environmental quality goals to provide a pleasant, healthy, non-toxic environment for employees and customers. The strategies they chose were:
- Specifying low-VOC emitting materials
- Designing the HVAC system with carbon dioxide monitoring
- Installing separate exhaust systems for the restrooms and the brewery
- Use exterior shading to reduce the thermal effects
- Multi-zoned air conditioning
- Controllable LED Lighting
- Water efficient plumbing system
We want to commemorate our stewardship by celebrating with our industry peers who also practice sustainability. It’s important to know that your money is going towards businesses who are working on a better tomorrow for all of us, so please join us on Wednesday, April 18th to enjoy a night of appreciation for this wonderful planet. We will have a tap list made from breweries who practice environmentally safe actions, and cheers each other knowing we’re making a difference.
Here are the breweries that will be featured for our Earth Day Tap Takeover and some of what they do:
- Jester King : has installed solar panels and runs a farm on 58 acres of land in the Hill Country
- Hops & Grains : recycle spent grain into dog treats
- Circle : Tap handles are biodegradable
- Texas Beer Co. : Installed solar panels
- Rentsch : Operates on wind power
- Alaskan : First brewery to install and operate a carbon dioxide reclamation system
- Anderson Valley : 2006 installed an array of 768 solar-panels atop their brew house and employee parking structure
- Bell’s : Recycled 1.24 million pounds of solid waste in 2017
- Great Divide : Has a storm water protection system
- Odell’s : 11,000 sq. feet of solar panels = 5 percent total power (the rest is powered by wind)
- New Belgium : Asheville location tasting room is LEED Platinum, the brewery is Gold and the distribution center is Silver
- Sierra Nevada : Mills River location was the first production brewery to receive a leed certification and it was Platinum
Please stay tuned to our facebook event for what beers will be on for Earth Day Tap Takeover!
By Roger Corrales