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​​​​​​​Each fall, Kentucky brewers, distillers and wineries come together to talk about the sustainability efforts currently being practiced in the industry and to shape future sustainability endeavors. This gathering is known as the Sustainable Spirits Summit (S3).

Started by the division and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Sustainable Spirits Summit began in 2011 when a handful of participants met at Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky. Over time this event has grown in attendance and matured through participation and collaboration into Kentucky’s Sustainable Spirits Initiative.​



In addition to the summit, the initiative has developed multiple resources to assist Kentucky's brewers, distillers and wineries in their sustainability endeavors. These resources are available below.

Video Resources
Link NameLink Description
A two-minute video providing an overview of using a team approach for managing energy.
A brief introductory video about the benefits of benchmarking and how to develop such a program.
​A short animated film designed to provide an overview of managing demand.
A quick video about the importance of understanding electric bills.
A short video about a technique for identifying areas of improvement within the distilling and brewing process called Sustainable Value Stream Mapping.
Tools and Guides
Link NameLink Description
A Best Management Practice Guide focusing on developing an energy management program.
A Best Management Practice Guide designed to help companies understand their bills and use them to improve their energy management endeavors.
A Best Management Practice Guide designed to help facilities improve energy performance by benchmarking.
This Best Management Practice Guide provides an overview of how a facility can manage their electric loads and demand.
A Best Management Practice Guide about a technique used to identify areas of improvement known as Sustainable Value Stream Mapping.
This Best Management Practice Guide is designed to help an organization identify opportunities to increase water efficiency by creating a water balance. A water balance is an assessment of water entering and leaving a facility.
This Best Management Practice Guide provides an overview of a multiple Lean manufacturing practices to help a facility increase their water efficiency.