Deschutes Brewery was honored with a 2015 Oregon Sustainability Award in the Business Category, presented at a luncheon last week during the Northwest Environmental Conference and Tradeshow in Portland. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards in Oregon are intended to promote and advance the inclusion of sustainable practices in government and the private sector.
The Bend-based craft brewery received the award for its sustainability practices, led by a team committed to ensuring the company uses fewer resources, while simultaneously maintaining a productive and healthy workforce and creating lifelong fans. The company actively seeks out opportunities to positively impact communities in Oregon and beyond, including:
- Annual restoration of one billion gallons of water into the Deschutes River every year to offset water usage
- Donation of $1 per barrel of beer sold to charities throughout its distribution area to help fulfill the goal of building a healthier society
- New Street Pub program which set up a 402-foot-long bar for one day in communities around the country and donated 100 percent of proceeds to charity, raising a total of $400,000 in its first year
- Sustainable practices and ongoing improvement in areas such as recycling, energy efficiency, water usage and waste management
To find out more visit Deschutes’s sustainability website.