Tennessee Sustainable Spirits Resources
Tennessee is home to world class whiskey, wine, beer, and other fine spirits. The craft spirit producer’s connection to people, land, and resources is a relationship in which sustainability plays a vital role. The Tennessee Sustainable Spirits (TNSS) program is a voluntary recognition and technical assistance initiative administered by TDEC’s Office of Sustainable Practices (OSP) which seeks to reduce operational costs and environmental impacts for wineries and wine growers, breweries, and distilleries as well as serve as a gateway to sustainability education through popular brands. The new voluntary program assists wineries and wine growers, breweries, and distilleries in improving operational sustainability by promoting best practices, providing technical assistance, and developing relationships.
This webpage houses resources for the craft spirit industry regarding environmental sustainability. You will find tips and tools, as well as webinars and events to become better environmental stewards while also reducing your bottom line.
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August 1, 2023 || Sourcing Ingredients Locally
February 28, 2023: Environmental Sustainability for Spirit Producers
July 20, 2022: Solar Heating for Spirit Producers
March 16, 2022: Sustainability and Clean-In-Place (CIP) Techniques
June 30, 2021: Recycling and Materials Management in the Spirits Industry
February 22, 2021: Sustainability and Community Engagement
June 12, 2020: Rengaging with Customers
- Iowa Green Brewing Certification – They work directly with Iowa’s breweries to minimize their environmental impact by providing technical assistance and guidance in four key areas: Environmental Planning, Energy Efficiency, Water Quality and Conservation, and Solid Waste Diversion & Disposal.
- Colorado Sustainable Breweries Assistance Program - They offer free environmental assessments to raise awareness on the environmental impacts of brewing beer. They also provide brewers with pollution prevention strategies.
- Kentucky Sustainable Spirits - The Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers Association, have created the Sustainable Spirits Initiative to bring members of the industry together to discuss and share their experiences about current environmental issues and aspire to shape future opportunities for this sector.
- California Wines
- Sustainable Winegrowing - Sustainable winegrowing practices protect our soil, air and water – elements that breathe life, and ultimately flavor, into our grapes and wines. Being good stewards of the land and good neighbors are principles our wineries and vineyards live by each and every day. Adopting environmentally and socially responsible practices and making them an integral part of how we do business is our way of ensuring the health of our land, our communities and our industry for generations to come.
- Sustainable Practices – Sustainable practices in the vineyard, the winery, and the community.
- Green Programs - California wine community has made a strong commitment to sustainability and transparency, as evidenced through the self-assessment and certification programs that have emerged in the last decade.
- North Carolina’s Green Breweries and Distilleries – North Carolina’s Division of Environmental Assistance’s Green Travel Program awards recognition to breweries and distilleries base on three scale system. Level of sustainability is determined through an application that covers waste reduction and recycling, energy management, water efficiency, air quality, transportation, environmental measurement, grounds keeping, housekeeping and clan-up, green purchasing, LEED certification, and certification by other organizations.
- Virginia’s Environmental Excellence Program – Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Excellence Program is a membership program in which any organization can participate in by submitting an application that includes general information, documented culture of sustainability, list of recent accomplishments, and future commitments.
- Vermont’s Green Brewery Cohort – Overseen by Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the Green Brewery Cohort is membership program for breweries. Membership is obtained by committing to a minimum of 5% reduction in energy use, join the Vermont Green Business Program, submit metrics on environmental impacts.
- Smart Steps to Sustainability 2.0 – A step by step approach to greening your small business. This 16 page PDF and spreadsheet will help you organize your vision, determine motivators, and develop your approach to becoming a greener business. This link can help with your environmental impact assessment, long-term objectives, and setting goals.
- Earthly Labs – This company is focused on creating carbon capture technology that’s available to more companies and people.
- Organics - The TN Department of Environment and Conservation offers additional information on residential and commercial composting.
- Metro Nashville Waste Information
- Solid Waste Reduction Manual – From the Brewer’s Association
- Water and Wastewater: Treatment/Volume Reduction Manual – From the Brewer’s Association
- Stormwater Management Practices at EPA Facilities - Additional information on storm water management practices from EPA’s website.
- Tennessee Stormwater Management Program - Additional information on storm water training in Tennessee.
- The UT Center for Industrial Services – This resource can provide energy efficiency and environmental management services.
- Energy Auditor Checklist - Washington State University’s Energy Program offers this, which can help identify opportunities to improve energy efficiencies throughout facilities.
- Energy Sustainability Manual – The Brewers Association offers best practices on variable speed drive applications.
- EnergyRight Solutions – A list of reps that are trusted energy advisors, ready to help set and reach energy goals.
- EPA’s Power Profiler – A resource that helps determine the type and amount of emissions produced depending on how electricity is generated in each region.
- Tip Sheets by System – Tip sheets for pumps, motors, compressed air, process heating, and steam from energy.gov.
- Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for Breweries - An ENERGY STAR® Guide for Energy and Plant Managers.
- Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services - The EPA provides resources on the benefits of and ways to identify green cleaning products.
- Safer Choice Products - Provides a list of products for businesses and homes that are safer and greener compared to traditional cleaning products.