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A growing number of Kentucky’s distilleries, wineries and breweries are leaders in sustainable and environmentally friendly business practices. The Showcase below is a platform designed to highlight some of those environmental efforts. 

Sustainable Spirits Showcase
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Brown-Forman Corporation announces a commitment to renewable energy.

Jim Beam and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest have joined forces to develop a natural water sanctuary on Bernheim grounds.

Four local breweries are on tap to use recycled water to create a special beer.

Angel’s Envy’s popular Toast the Trees program has returned with an increased goal of planting 30,000 trees.

The Nature Conservancy and Against the Grain Brewery is celebrating OktoberForest by highlighting the connection between healthy forests, clean water and great beer. 

A new 560-panel solar array is now online in Loretto, Kentucky, marking a milestone in the partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark to produce electricity using the sun. 

Pivot Brewing’s focus is on promoting sustainability and environmental awareness, and its latest project is the installation of solar panels at the brewery.

Four Roses employees gather for a volunteer service day to help maintain the riverbank around the Salt River.

Cofounders of this Danville, Ky., bourbon producer ensured their business was environmentally and fiscally sustainable.

Heaven Hill Brands announced the company’s first official environmental sustainability strategy that addresses pressing environmental challenges within the industry and local communities.

The University of Kentucky announced the establishment of the world’s largest repository of American White Oak as part of their groundbreaking effort with Maker’s Mark to conserve, explore and secure the future of American White Oak.

Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown is working to reduce its carbon footprint with newly installed technology.

The 100 year old Elkhorn Creek dam…is no more. The dam located behind the Jim Beam ‘Old Grand Dad’ plant in Frankfort was removed after years of being a safety hazard to recreational kayakers, canoer’s and fisherman.

Global spirits giant Diageo PLC, which owns the brands Guinness, Tanqueray and more, has opened its first carbon-neutral distillery in North America.

Brown-Forman Corporation is joining RE100, a global environmental initiative and committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

The recent “bourbon boom” has been great for Kentucky’s economy, where 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is made, but it has also come with a unique environmental challenge: What to do with the spent grain, or stillage, that is a byproduct of bourbon production?

Maker’s Mark Distillery is building a reputation as an innovator with forward-thinking projects and collaborations designed for social and environmental good.