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.
Giving Tuesday is next Tuesday, December 1st. It was created to harness the potential of social media and people’s generosity to bring about real change in their communities. Bay Area Recycling for Charitieshas chosen this auspicious date to launch our Indiegogo fundraising campaign to transform BARC to meet the needs of our community and help make Grand Traverse the greenest community in Michigan.
On Tuesday we’ll be asking for your monetary support of our campaign, and we genuinely welcome, appreciate and need your financial support. We are also asking you to commit to sharing our goals and finding others who will pledge their support to our efforts.
Together we can make this area a model for Michigan with a revitalized Bay Area Recycling for Charities at the heart of it all!
A Northern Michigan group hopes to make
Traverse City a leader in ‘going green’.
Tonight Bay Area Recycling for Charities announced the launch of the Focus Green 2020 Project.
They hope it will get more people involved in recycling and conservation in the Traverse City area.
Their goal is to make the Grand Traverse region the greenest in Michigan by 2020.
They want other cities across Michigan, to follow their lead.
“To be able to share that knowledge with other communities, to not duplicate and not replicate each other’s efforts, we can learn from each other and make it a better place faster if we can grow with each other,” said Andy Gale, President and Founder.
The organization is always in need of volunteers and donations.