Harpoon Brewery recognized for its green initiatives

Green beer might not sound like something that would be exactly winning awards. However, the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts, received recognition last week for its sustainability efforts.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave the 2012 Boston Green Business Award to the brewery for its work to reduce waste, responsibly use chemicals and improve operational efficiency, according to a press release.

"It's an honor to receive this recognition from Mayor Menino. Not only are we are passionate about making great beer, it is part of our mission to be good neighbors within our community. Sustainability is important to us and we do whatever we can to reduce waste and increase efficiency," Warren Dibble, vice president and chief financial officer at Harpoon, said in a statement. "Demand response is part of our mix. Our employees know that it helps the larger energy grid and are completely supportive of it."

Additionally, the Harpoon Brewery has teamed up with EnerNOC, an energy management company, to spearhead initiatives to efficiently use electricity since 2007. Harpoon's been a key player in a program called DemandSMART, in which the brewery contributes to the capacity of local grids during periods of peak demand for electricity, according to the release.

The popular beer producer has made a number of adjustments to its facility to make it more energy efficient. They've added motion-sensing lights and innovative temperature controls that are used for their fermenters.

In addition to recycling programs for its excess paper, glass bottles and cardboard, Harpoon has also been giving its spent grain to local farms. While these are relatively common recycled goods, Harpoon even recaptures condensate water, which they use to save on heating hot water.

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