CHICAGO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Craft brewers attending this year's fifth annual Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference in Chicago, IL, on October 4-5 will be among the first to glean practical advice, sustainability strategy tips, knowledge and more from the lead developer for the Brewers Association's craft brewing industry sustainability manuals. John Stier from Antea™Group will present this year's luncheon address on "Best Practice Guidance & Practical Advice on Sustainability in the Craft Brewing Industry."
John and his team are currently assisting the Brewers Association ("BA") with its first association-wide sustainability initiative, designed to provide Brewers Association members with best practices, resources and tools. Manuals on Water/Wastewater, Energy/GHG, and Solid Waste are designed with an emphasis on practicality and usability, featuring case studies, tools and resources directly from the craft brewing community.
Chris Swersey, Technical Brewing Projects Coordinator for BA, notes: "We took on this project on behalf of our members, who requested practical guidance and an understanding of sustainability issues within the context of a craft brewer's unique needs and business setting. Sustainability is a journey, requiring many decisions along the way. The manuals and online interactive tools will reflect not only general best practices but also perspectives and examples from actual craft brewers, allowing members to begin their own journeys and make their decisions with confidence."
As part of his keynote, John will share highlights of some key concepts and practices learned, as well as the numerous sustainability strategies and tactics gleaned from firsthand interviews and discussions with BA members throughout North America. "Assisting the Brewers Association and their members in the creation of sustainability resources has been a rewarding project," says John. "I look forward to sharing what we've learned thus far with conference attendees, as well as discussing the possibilities the future will hold for the craft brewing industry to realize significant savings."
About the Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference:
Craft brewers will convene in Chicago, IL, October 4-5, 2012 to learn about water quality, water conservation and alternative energy systems, with presentations by industry experts and speakers donating their time and expertise. The fifth Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference will be held at Goose Island, 3535 North Clark, Chicago, IL, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, Inc., The Goose Island Beer Company, The Louis Glunz Beer Company, Kegcraft Inc., Antea™Group, and S. S. Steiner, Inc. View the program and register online at www.conserve-greatlakes.com (take advantage of early bird registration rates before they end August 15th). For more information, contact organizer Lucy Saunders at 800-760-5998.
About the Brewers Association:
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and home brewers. For more information, visit www.brewersassociation.org.
About John Stier and the Global Corporate Consultancy of Antea™Group:
A partner with the Global Corporate Consultancy of Antea™Group ("GCC"), John works with global clients to develop sustainable strategies that deliver superior financial return and competitive advantage. As the former Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs for Anheuser-Busch Companies, John has more than 30 years of industry experience in areas such as compliance solutions, management systems implementation, supply chain foot-printing, climate change mitigation, and sustainability strategy development. For more information, visit www.anteagroup.com/gcc.
John also works with the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable ("BIER"). Formed in 2006, BIER is a technical coalition of 20 leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector, focusing on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change. For more information, visit www.bieroundtable.com.
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SOURCE Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference