June 06, 2011

Facilities engineer delivers on sustainability commitments

Carol Dollard is recognized for her achievements in sustainability at the Colorado State University.  The Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society will present her with anCarol Dollard Green Achievements Recognized award for individual achievement.  She has had a hand in may of the University’s green initiatives.  …

…   “Dollard is often the university’s go-to expert on energy-saving techniques. Since 2008, she has led the university’s participation in the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, which requires universities to measure greenhouse gas emissions. The inventory also helps members of the university community understand their impact on the environment, Dollard has said. She also oversaw the construction of two phases of the 5.3-megawatt solar plant, which is one of the largest at a U.S. university.”   …

Via Colorado State University: Renewable Energy Recognition.

April 22, 2011

Earth Day Green College Exemplar: Colorado State


Colorado State is recognized for its green performance by Princeton Review.  The university has implemented:

  • 5.3-megawatt solar plant
  • commercial-sized composting project on the Foothills Campus
  • biomass boiler that burns wood chips claimed from forest fire or beetle kill mitigation
  • gray-water testing in residence halls
  • cumulative recycling rate of more than 52 percent of the total waste generated on campus
  • two million seedlings annually to reduce carbon monoxide emissions
  • education in sustainability in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability
  • six LEED Gold buildings and five others pending certification

…   “the university has six LEED Gold buildings and five others pending certification. Princeton Review also mentioned Colorado State’s participation in the Talloires Declaration in 2001, the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2008 and the ongoing Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System or STARS, which is a self-reporting program created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.”   …

Via Colorado State University: Green College.

March 07, 2011

Cadmium telluride solar module research

PPG, Oak Ridge National Lab and Colorado State will join forces to develop low cost solarSampath solar research efforts photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride.  The research collaboration will focus on materials, coatings, and production processes to commercialize the new modules.  …

…   “joined to reduce Cadmium Telluride module costs by 17 percent or under $1 per watt. The group has been awarded $3.1 million by the Department of Energy.”   …

Via Colorado State University: Collaboration.

March 02, 2011

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory logo

After building a very efficient building in Boulder, Colorado, the NERL is building an extension that is 17 % more efficient.  How ?  By looking at changes in available technology in the last year that can bring energy improvements.

One area for change was the windows.  Those in Phase 1 are very efficient but still those on the southern exposure were cold ... changes made for Phase 2 included making them slightly smaller and increasing the thermal break to slow air infiltration that can cause temperature changes.  When these savings are multiplied over 600 windows the energy efficiency is significant.

Photo rendering of the fully built Research Support Facility.Improvements were made in the Phase 2 thermal storage system ... they found they could simplify the design ... instead of " ... interlaced structural concrete grade beams for thermal transfer .... " ... there just now just a " ....a large open concrete crawl space."

Lastly each occupant is put on an energy diet of 55 watts / workstation.  This goes a long way to keeping electricxity bills under control.

Follow this LINK and at the bottom of the page are details on other technologies used in the building.


Via:  National Renewable Energy Laboratory  LINK

January 10, 2011

New energy economy

is the focus for Colorado State’s policy center.  CSU has been a champion of renewable energy research with successful commercialization.  …Governor Bill Ritter

…   “Abound Solar, a manufacturer of low-cost, thin-film photovoltaic solar panels and one of Colorado State University's most successful spinoff companies, has helped create hundreds of new jobs in Colorado since its founding in 2007.”   …

Via Colorado State University: Gov. Bill Ritter heads up center.

August 10, 2010

Large Scale Colorado Solar Power Plant

Cogentrix Energy will supply power to Public Service Company of Colorado from its large scale concentrating photovoltaic solar power generation facility, which is planned for construction near Alamosa, in southern Colorado and expected to be serving customers in 2012.  …Cogentrix Solar Power

…   “The 30,000 kilowatt solar generating project will be the largest facility of its type in the world and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012.

The system will produce up to 30,000 kilowatts of solar energy for the customers of Xcel Energy, providing enough electricity for approximately 6,500 homes.

The facility will be located on approximately 225 acres of land in the San Luis Valley of Colorado immediately adjacent to the existing transmission system of Xcel Energy. ”   …

Via Cogentrix: Solar Power Project, Colorado.

June 14, 2010

Solar research and development center leadership

Solar research will be championed by Abound Solar founder and CSU professor.  …

…   “Colorado State University Professor W.S. Sampath, co-founder of Abound Solar, will lead a new $2.5 million solar research-and-development center in partnership with industry to explore next-generation solar technology.”   …

Via Colorado State Univ: Solar Research (Link).

Lab pictures.

June 01, 2010

Testing rooftop solar modules

ProLogis expects to understand emerging solar panel technologies and the installation requirements by testing manufacturers’ solar modules at its site in Denver, Colorado.  This supports the company’s accelerated deployment of distributed rooftop solar power generation across its footprint.  …

…   “The Test Site totals 11 kWp DC of power generation capacity from 99 modules and eight different module manufacturers: Ascent Solar, First Solar, GS-Solar, MiaSole, Solyndra, Suniva, United Solar Ovonic and Xunlight.

Already generating power, the initial configuration provides side-by-side comparisons of several module technologies, including monocrystalline, glass-on-glass thin film and membrane-applied thin film modules.

In addition, the installation contains 16 individually monitored strings, each designed to test a certain system parameter. 

As a part of the Test Site, and in partnership with HatiCon Solar, ProLogis has designed a new racking system especially for utility-scale rooftop solar installations. ”   …

Via ProLogis: Test Site in Denver (Link).

May 10, 2010

Thin film solar overview

Mechanical engineers focus on understanding solar cell production methods.  …

… “overview of the Thin Film Solar Cell technology and in particular the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) used in all types of cell production … ”   …

Via Colorado State University: Presentation

April 19, 2010

Colorado Solar Recharge

Energy rebates take off in Colorado. ...
... "Renewable Energy Rebate Applications must be submitted by a contractor on behalf of the residential or small commercial applicant. " ...
Via Governor's Energy Office: Solar Energy Rebates for Colorado

January 11, 2010

Colorado Energy Efficiency Education Outreach

Colorado State offers educational seminars to the public at local events. On Saturday, January 16, energy efficiency will be the topic. ...
... "Rusty Collins, Jefferson County Extension director, hosting a program titled, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy presented by CSU Extension, and featuring keynote speaker Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, John Stulp. There will also be two speakers discussing energy efficiency and solar power. " ...
Via Colorado State University: Seminars

November 07, 2009

Colorado Biomass Energy Project

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September 17, 2009

Get Solar Certified

Local Colrado college will offer solar education and training that leads to certification. ...
... "The college recently received approval from state high education officials to offer three solar energy certificate programs: basic solar photovoltaic, solar thermal installation and photovoltaic installation. " ...
Via The Citizen Telegram: Solar energy oportunities

August 28, 2009

Prairie Bunkers, LLC - Repurpose Buildings to Data Centers

Prairie Bunkers potential locations

 Prairie Bunkers LLC is repurposing WWII ammunition depots into secure energy efficient data centers.  These structures are built to withstand force 5 tornadoes.

In addition to the green aspect of repurposing an existing building ... there are others green features.


"Saves approximately 5000 cubic tons of carbon emission which would be produced by construction of a similar structure ... electrical provider .... has a high percentage of renewable energy, including hydro, wind and nuclear ... On-site solar and wind energy systems in planning stages ... Air Economizers to use “free cooling” from average annual temperature of 54 degrees ... Optional active geothermal ... heat pump system ... Passive Geothermal, provided by the bermed earth covering on three sides and top of bunkers ..."

" .... Native vegetation landscaping minimizes irrigation ... Fire suppression agent has zero carbon foot print ... UPS Options including flywheel technology ... Recycled building products including flooring tiles and cable trays ..."


Via:  Prairie Bunkers, LLC LINK


August 24, 2009

Denver Airport Solar Expansion

Denver Airport plans to expand solar capacity to serve its fuel management process. ...

Via AP: Denver International Airport

August 23, 2009

NREL Wind Tech Center in Colorado

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August 21, 2009

Organic Photovoltaic Tests at NREL Golden Colorado

Plextronics is testing its organic photovoltaic modules at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, in Golden, Colorado to build a database of performance metrics. NREL performs most of its tests through outdoor arrays. ...
... "A set of ten Plextronics test solar modules – which were created using the company’s Plexcore PV ready-to-use ink system – were installed on the roof of the Outdoor Test Facility at NREL. The performance of the test modules will be continuously monitored, and the performance in Colorado will be compared with testing Plextronics is already doing in Pittsburgh on identical modules. The performance of the modules will also be compared with the performance of other solar modules that are being tested at the NREL facility. The data over the next few months will be used to improve outdoor stability of the company’s OPV technology and pave the way for testing more modules and refinement of the method. " ...
Via Plextronics: Organic Solar Modules Test Deployment

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August 18, 2009

Colorado State Univ Electric Vehicle Education

Colorado State will develop hybrid electric vehicle education to increase the knowledge of maintenance workers, emergency responders, and the public about the high voltage used in fuel cells.  ...Fuel Cell

...   "This grant will help create an innovative and integrated education program that ties community outreach with secondary school awareness, technician and first responder training, and college/post-graduate level education in sustainable transportation, namely electric vehicles and their support systems ... '   ... 

Via Colorado State University: $5 million stimulus DOE grant


August 17, 2009

Energy Saving Tips from New Belgium Brewery

 New Belgium Brewery

Here are some energy saving tips from the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Check out earlier posts about this GREEN and environmentally friendly brewery.

For the rest of the list, more details on the items listed and more info about this environmentally friendly brewery ... follow the link at the end of this post.

"Hang your clothes out to dry ... clothing-dryer is the 2nd-most energy consumptive household appliance after the refrigerator ... if you don’t have space for an outdoor clothesline there are indoor racks that are compact and work like a charm."NEw Belgium Brewery logo

"Put on a sweater ... When the temperatures drop, ... put on some soft booties, and sip a steamy hot drink. It’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy."

"Drink tap water ... Shipping bottled water around the world in plastic bottles burns a heap of fuel, pollutes our air, and puts more plastic into an increasingly plastic-sheathed world. ... if tap water is not up to your standards, there are ... filters available at much more affordable prices than the cost of purchasing bottled water."

"Use your own shopping bag ... asked, “Paper or plastic?” say, “Neither, I have my own bags.”

Via: New Belgium Brewing LINK

August 15, 2009

Vail Colorado Hybrid Electric Diesel Bus

We experienced a Vail, Colorado hybrid bus sighting while on vacation ... See pic below.

The hybrid buses are in service and delivering value to the community.  ...

...   "the town will add a hybrid bus to its transit fleet in 2006, seven more in 2008 and two in 2011, resulting in the conversion of 30 percent of its bus fleet to hybrid ... "   ... 

Via Town of Vail: Hybrid Bus Fleet 

Vail Transit also uses GPS-based transit times for online tracking via the NextBus service.

Vail Colorado Hybrid Electric Bus 


Continue reading "Vail Colorado Hybrid Electric Diesel Bus" »

August 13, 2009

Vail Colorado Mountain Haus Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations

A view of the not too distant future of electric vehicles will include charging stations like those described and as shown in the picture.   ...

...   "The difference is that the Mountain Haus’ 2002 Toyota Rav4 is an all-electric vehicle, meaning that it runs completely on batteries, and recharges at three different charging sites around town. "   ... 

Via Vail Daily: Charging around

Vail Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the Mountain Haus

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August 12, 2009

Colorado State Univ Solar Project

Colorado State will become home to significant solar installation that will leverage Trina Solar's photovoltaic modules.  ...

...   "AMEC, an international engineering and project management company, will construct a 15-acre solar array on the Foothills campus of Colorado State University. Upon completion, the solar array is expected to be one of the largest solar installations at a U.S. university. The system is being developed under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Renewable Ventures and is projected to generate sufficient solar power to provide more than 10% of electricity needs for the university's Foothills campus. "   ...

 Via Trina Solar: Solar Power Project at Colorado State University



July 31, 2009

New Belguim Brewing - Environmentally Friendly Brewers

 new belgium brewery logo

New Belgium Brewing is a green brewer ... read about some of their efforts and innovations in green brewing ... there are many many more on their web site.

Green building ... " ... using UV blocking windows, sun-tubes, and light shelves. .. evaporative coolers, we can condition our 55,000 square foot packaging hall with no compressors, using much less energy ... "

Green energy ... " ... methane produced by process water treatment is used to fuel a ... co-gen—which creates electricity and heat for the brewery. ... co-gen ... full-time, it can supply 15% of our electrical needs ... In 1999, New Belgium became the first wind-powered brewery ..."

Walk the Talk ... " .... members of 1% For The Planet ... through donations and fund-raisers, 1% of our revenue goes to environmental non-profits ...  encourage sustainable transportation, every employee gets a custom cruiser bike after one-year of employment."

Via:  New Belgium Brewing   LINK

April 20, 2009

Colorado Solar Production Facility Opens

Colorado State startup, Abound Solar, opens its new thin-film solar production unit in Longmont, CO with local dignitaries and friends. ...
... "The fully automated facility will create more than 300 new jobs and, at capacity, produce 200 MW of solar modules annually. Its manufacturing process employs Abound Solar's proprietary continuous in-line semiconductor equipment to convert sheets of glass into solar panels in less than two hours. " ...

Continue reading "Colorado Solar Production Facility Opens" »

March 19, 2009

Microgrids - May Back Up Power Grid

Microgrids may offer part of the answer to an aging Power Grid.  A microcgrid is ..." ... A localized grid powered by a cluster of on-site generators, backup batteries, an array of solar panels or other sources of energy. ... can operate in parallel with the larger grid or independent of it. ... If the high-voltage grid we all rely on fails, the clusters of buildings or residences powered by a microgrid could keep operating normally until power is restored on the failed grid.Power Line / Grid""

" ... much of the work on microgrids today lies in the research side, real-life applications are beginning to spread. Clean Edge says Wal-Mart (nyse: WMT - news - people ) has two stores running on microgrids, one in Colorado and the other in Texas, ... Sacramento, Calif., Municipal Utility District, ...  announced in November that it plans to install a demonstration microgrid with a 310-kilowatt load at its headquarters. Another microgrid backup power system will be installed at the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif., linking to the 1.2-megawatt solar photovoltaic system and a one-megawatt fuel cell already at the jail.


Via:  FORBES  Link

December 18, 2008

Honda's GREEN Data Center

Honda's Longmont, Colo Data Center

Honda has always been known for its fuel efficient and low emissions vehicles ... it is now known for its LEED cetrified data center in Longmont, Colo.Honda logo

" ... 61,000-square-foot data center, ... certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system for green building construction. ... selected building materials based on proximity to the data center's location and ... recycled 73% of the construction waste ... left much of the site undeveloped and replanted trees and shrubs indigenous to the area."

" ... administrators were ... advised to decommission unused equipment quickly and to use management tools to ensure that servers are optimally provisioned...."

Via:  LINK

October 22, 2008

Colorado Funds Solar Innovation

Colorado Governor's Energy Office makes an investment in a portfolio of projects to advance the innovation of solar energy in the state. The investments will create training for the state workforce, enable low-income solar homes, and support solar programs for utilities. ...
... "Red Rocks Community College: Develop a training program that will prepare students and professionals to sit for existing state and national solar photovoltaic and solar thermal certifications. " ...
Via Colorado Energy Office: SOLAR INNOVATORS

October 13, 2008

Solar Technology Accelerates

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter creates the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) in Colorado, where public-private colllaboration will develop and commercialize solar-energy technology. ...
... "Last year, a report on Colorado's renewable energy resources revealed that if Colorado developed just 2 percent of the land area in San Luis Valley and the area southeast of Pueblo with solar technologies, it has the potential to produce 26 gigawatts of capacity. Colorado's electric demand peaks at just over 11 gigawatts in the summertime. " ...

September 08, 2008

"The Sustainable Living Fair

"The Sustainable Living Fair is a solution based, hands-on, family oriented event designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Sustainable Living Practices,... and more." " ... 10,000 people attended last year, yet the Fair only produced 230 pounds of trash. Recycling bins and compost receptacles are everywhere, and the Fair also purchases offset credits. ..." Key Note speakers include Ed Begley ... Via: EcoLocolizer Link

Continue reading " "The Sustainable Living Fair" »

December 07, 2007

Brewery Water Treatment Produces Methane!

Water Treatment Plant The New Belgium Brewery has many green aspects to their business ... In addition to their own waste water treatment plant ... they product their own methane!

"...  installation of its own process water treatment facility. ...  allows us to clean our process waters ...  without burdening the municipal system.... "

" ... byproduct of this process is the production of methane. ... capture this methane and pipe it back into ... a combined heat and power engine that produces both electrical and thermal energy. ... power about 10% of the brewery with this byproduct ..."



Via:  New Belgium Beer   Link


October 31, 2007

Green Research Facility Will Build at LEED Platinum

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) begins construction on its energy-efficient and green Research Support Facility in Golden, CO. ...
... "NRELs new Research Support Facility promises to be one of the most green buildings ever constructed; the new Renewable Fuel Heating Plant will use biomass to cut NRELs future natural gas use by 75 percent; and the Mesa Top PV Project a new five-acre photovoltaic array, and one of the largest solar power systems in Colorado will help power the labs main campus. It will make substantial use of daylighting, dramatically reducing energy use and providing a pleasant and productive working environment. The RSF has been designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Platinum designation, the highest benchmark awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. " ...

Continue reading "Green Research Facility Will Build at LEED Platinum" »

September 28, 2007

A Greener Wal-Mart: High Efficiency Stores



"Wal-Mart ... [NYSE: WMT] ...will open ... [Jan. 18, 2007] in Kansas City, Mo. the first ...High-Efficiency stores that will use 20 percent less energy than a typical Supercenter.  ... will help the retailer move one step closer to achieving its  environmental goals, which include using less energy and producing less waste."

"In 2005,
Mal-Wart opened two experimental stores in McKinney, Texas, and Aurora, Colo., to test several different environmentally friendly technologies, ranging from wind power to pervious pavement, from waterless urinals to light-emitting diodes. ... plans to open the next High-Efficiency store in Rockton, Ill., this spring."

"To achieve the 20 percent energy reduction ... the company will target two main energy-consuming units: the heating and air conditioning system (HVAC), and the refrigeration system. ... the new HVAC and more efficient refrigeration systems are fully integrated so that 100 percent of the heat rejected by the refrigeration system is reclaimed into the HVAC. The reclaimed heat is then converted into usable energy. By incorporating a loop-piping design, the ... system also reduces the amount of installed copper and the total refrigerant charge required."

"Other energy-saving technologies ... include the installation of ultra-efficient case fans, glass doors on medium temperature grocery cases, RollSeal® quick response doors to seal air in areas such as the Garden Center, and a top-of-the-line dehumidification system. ... a daylight harvesting system, which uses skylights to refract daylight throughout the store and light sensors ...  During periods of higher natural daylight, the system then dims or turns off the store lights when they aren’t needed, ..."

"... also features GE’s energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) refrigerated case lighting. LEDs have a longer life span than fluorescent bulbs, produce less heat and use significantly less energy than typical grocery case lighting. ... motion sensor-driven LED lights have been installed in all freezer and medium-temperature refrigerated cases.  ... the lights in these cases automatically turn off, and quickly turn back on when a customer approaches."

" committed to selling products that sustain our resources and our environment. As part of this store’s grand opening events,...donation of 21,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), Wal-Mart will aid the city’s campaign to distribute CFLs to low-income and senior citizen households in Kansas City, Mo. ..".

Via:  Wal*  Link

September 25, 2007

10 Greenest US Cities

Yahoo picked 10 Cities that "in no particular order -- ...  putting residents first. That means they're obsessed with clean air and clean water, renewable energy, reliable city buses, trams, streetcars and subways, a growing number of parks and greenbelts, farmer's markets and, very important, opportunities for community involvement."

"Portland, Oregon - ... More than 30 years ago, ... tore down a six-lane expressway to make room for a waterfront park. ... set an urban growth boundary to protect 25 million acres of forest and farmland, started a solid-waste program that recycles more than half of the city's trash and erected more than 50 public buildings that meet tough standards set by the United States Green Building Council. ..."

Autsin, Texas "Austin, Texas - Home to the first Whole Foods Market ... 205 parks, 14 nature preserves, and 25 greenbelts. ... plans to meet 20 percent of its energy needs with renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020. ... a recycling center that dates back to 1970, a dozen outdoor farmer's markets, city buses that offer free rides on 'high ozone' days and an innovative "pay-as-you-throw" trash collection program that rewards residents for being less wasteful ..."

MinneapolisMinneapolis, Minnesota - ... more than 60 percent of downtown workers use public or alternative transportation ... Free parking for registered van and car pools, an extensive bike path and bike lane system and employer-sponsored showers ... Minnesota State Department of Commerce nudging businesses and residents to hook solar systems up to the city's grid, ..."

Boulder, Colorado"Boulder, Colorado - ... city planners started preserving parkland in 1898. ... more than 90 percent of residents recycle, where new water meters are not allowed above certain elevation, thus protecting ridgelines and peaks, and where, when recent federal tax cuts gutted city budgets, residents voted themselves a third sales-tax hike to raise $51 million to buy and protect even more open land."

"Burlington, Vermont - ... More than one-third of all energy used in the city comes from renewable resources, ... laws don't allow the use of pesticides on public parks, land or waterways. ... residents formed an extensive network of citizen-based groups that take on everything from environmental programs to clean up toxic sites to watchdog groups to monitor pollution in Lake Champlain. ..."

"Madison, Wisconsin - ... first city in the United States to offer curbside recycling ... 15,000 acres of lakes and 6,000 acres of parkland ... recycling program gets a whopping 97 percent participation, with 265 tons of material... collected each week.... bike-friendly city with more than 100 miles of bike paths ...a place where there are three bikes for every car."

"New York, New York - ... More than 80 percent of NYC residents use public transportation,... New Yorkers burn gasoline at the rate the U.S. did in the 1920s. ... ... Per capita, New Yorkers use fewer resources and put less pressure on their surroundings than any other city of its size. ..."S

"San Francisco, California - ... bus, subway and ferry services that reach throughout the Bay Area, .. . more than half the city's residents use public or alternative transportation to get to work. ... Prevailing winds ... help keep pollution at bay. ... leader in green building, with more than 20 building projects registered for official green certification. And city residents are willing to tax themselves. Voters said yes to allowing the city to sell $100 million in revenue bonds to support renewable energy."

"Santa Monica, California - ... Three of every four of the city's public works vehicles run on alternative fuel, ... among the largest such fleets in the country. All public buildings use renewable energy. ... the city has cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10 percent, ...  an urban runoff facility catches 3.5 million gallons of water each week that would otherwise flow into the bay. ..."

Chicago"Chicago, Illinois - ... has 42 green-certified building projects, with more to come. ... city's nine museums and the Art Institute ... converted to run partially on solar power. ... one-third of all residents use public transportation to get to work. goals, likely to be met, is buying 20 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources this year. ... give tax incentives to homeowners who invest in Chicago's many historic  homes and retrofit them with energy efficient heating and cooling systems, as well as water-saving plumbing. ..."


Via:  Link

February 15, 2007

Beer: Made in an Environmentally Friendly Way!


New Belgium Beer I like beer, so I did not need an excuse to try another brand.

However, I am going to try one of the beers from New Belgium of Fort Collins, Colorado.  I think it will be a Fat Tire Amber Ale ...


What makes New Belgium so unique among brewers?

->>>  How about the fact that they ...

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions " ... took an employee vote and decided to commit to being the nation’s first 100% wind-powered brewery. ... after our engineers, l... discovered that city’s power  plant, which supplied the brewery with electricity, created the bulk of our emissions. Employee owners voted to dip into their bonus pool to help finance the conversion."Wind Ensamble

Have a Green Building "New Belgium has been a long-time participant in green building techniques. ... From sun tubes and daylighting throughout the facility to reusing heat in the brewhouse, we continue to search out new ways to close loops and conserve resources."

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle • "Our reuse program includes heat for the brewing process, cleaning chemicals, water and much more. Recyling at New Belgium takes on many forms, from turning “waste” products into something new and useful (like spent grain to cattle feed), to supporting the recycling market in creative ways (like turning our keg caps into table surfaces).  We also buy recycled whenever we can, ... Reduction surrounds us – from motion sensors on the lights throughout the building to induction fans that pull in cool winter air to chill our beer – offsetting our energy needs is the cornerstone to being environmentally efficient."


I will let you know if I can find the beer locally (Western Suburbs of Philadelphia) and my humble opinion.


Via:  New Belgium Brewery   Link