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Focus Green 2020 supporter Short’s Brewing Making Antrim Greener

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We had a great kickoff to our Focus Green 2020 campaign last Tuesday, and one of the people and businesses who donated were the good people of Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan (and also Elk Rapids, Michigan). Short’s has shown a longtime commitment to making our region greener & cleaner along with an ability to provide significant job growth in Antrim county.

This summer they installed a new solar array to help power their Production Facility with an annual energy output of 49250 kWh. This will help supplement the energy needs of Short’s Production Facility in a big way. Approximately 7% of the energy used annually will be supplied by the solar array. This will allow Short’s Production Facility to have a clean and sustainable energy source for the next 25 years.

The production facility also minimizes pressure on the Elk Rapids waste water treatment plant by pre-treating their waste water, a process that complements other environmentally friendly practices they’ve introduced including, design and installation of tank chilling systems that minimize energy use, using brewhouse byproducts to make fuel ethanol and biogas, and the use of spent grain from both the Pub and Production Facility breweries by local farmers as fertilizer and animal feed! Short’s Brewing Company is also a supporter of the Clean Water Act headwaters rule and all-in-all a model corporate citizen helping to drive our region towards the Focus Green 2020 goal of becoming the greenest region in Michigan by the year 2020.

Hats off to Short’s, and if you’d like to join them and learn more, head over to make your pledge at: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/focus-green-2020/

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