This has been a great year for us here at Deschutes and we have made many improvements to our processes to enhance efficiencies to responsibly impact our community, our business and our planet. We are extremely proud to have won the 2015 Oregon Sustainability Awards and celebrate the culture of craft beer with our accomplishments this year. We purchased 5 million kwh of renewable energy, enough to take 763 cars off the road for a year. Our energy savings was 2.25% compared to the prior year and we replaced lighting throughout the production facility with LED using 69% less energy, equating to power for 8 homes in a year. We recycled 404,407 pounds of cardboard and plastic. Our Portland Pub received an honorable Gold Certification through the City of Portland Sustainability at Work program.
As Co-owners of Deschutes we are proud to be recognized in Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Companies to Work for the 3rd year in a row. We celebrated several 5 and 10 year anniversaries in 2015 and continue to add to our amazing team. Our corporate wellness program saw a 20% boost in participation and helped with access to a Krowdfit membership which resulted in 63 winners and $16,425!
Deschutes Brewery has lived by the words “do your best and next time do it better” since the day our doors opened in 1988. Going the extra mile to do the right thing wherever possible is built into our standard operating procedure. This thinking steers our Sustainability Team to ensure the company uses fewer resources, while simultaneously maintaining a productive and healthy workforce, and creating lifelong fans.
As a member of our local and global communities, we take responsibility for our influence on the planet. We balance what we take with what we give back by tracking our economic, environmental, and social efforts. We actively seek out opportunities to positively impact the communities where our beer is available. By working with the Deschutes River Conservancy, we’ve been able to restore one billion gallons of water into the Deschutes River every year to offset what we use to brew our damn tasty beer. This is just one such example.
We have accomplished much to be proud of since 1988, yet there remains work to be done. We will continue to contribute solutions that make a real difference. We hope our activities will inspire others to do the same.
Interested in seeing our complete 2015 Sustainability Story? Click here to open the PDF.
Since opening the doors of our brew pub in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon in 1988, Deschutes Brewery has been an integral part of the local community. We are always looking for ways to share our success with our community, which is why we contribute one dollar for every barrel of beer we sell to charitable organizations throughout the territory we sell our beer. We have a cross-departmental team of passionate individuals to help guide our giving to environmental causes, youth and education programs, human services, and the arts. In total we were able to contribute over $850,000 in cash and in-kind donations in 2015.
We strive to incorporate giving into every part of our business. Our pubs give back by partnering with a different nonprofit each month for a program we call Community Pints. It’s our way to promote the nonprofit to our fans and raise money for them by donating $1 per pint sold every Tuesday totaling $57,000 in 2015. Our national Street Pub team travels around the country, sets up a giant “pub for a day” in various cities and donates 100 percent of proceeds to a local selected charity.
Our employees also like to get out into the community and give a helping hand by cleaning up our adopted section of the scenic McKenzie Highway or volunteering during MLK Day of Service.
Our Community Involvement Committee, a group of employees from throughout the brewery, meets monthly to review all donation requests. Deschutes Brewery looks for non-profit organizations that demonstrate creativity, diversity and an innovative approach to their mission and objectives. This committee also looks for organizations that are directly meaningful or already supported by our employees themselves. To learn more and to fill out a donation request form, please visit our Donations page.