We are excited to congratulate Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, out of Iowa City, IA, for achieving the Iowa Green Brewery Certification's Platinum award! This month, Big Grove surpassed their gold-level certification by furthering their environmental efforts! The brewery celebrated by hosting an event on March 13, 2020, to officially be awarded the certification by the IGBC program (see picture below.) The day was filled with great beer and great talk of sustainability!
Big Grove was first officially certified back in 2018 where they received a gold certification. Efforts such as installing permeable pavers in their outdoor area for stormwater control and planting over 100 trees on their property, really differentiated Big Grove as a gold-level ‘green brewery.’
By continuing to further their mission towards sustainability even more so, Big Grove has now reached the highest level of certification, Platinum. With their philanthropic commitment to donating “Big Grove 4 Good” proceeds to conservation, adding an organics collection at their facility, and making capital investments towards efficient equipment to help significantly minimize their resource consumption, Big Grove has gone above and beyond in achieving this Platinum award and it is much deserved.
"Big Grove has such a passion for sustainability and was so committed to increasing their certification score. With all their hard work and dedication to being a green brewery, we couldn't be more excited to award them with highly-deserved certification!" says Joe Bolick, project manager for the certification program.
Big Grove is the second brewery to ever earn a Platinum level achievement in this award-winning certification program. (The first being SingleSpeed out of Waterloo.) The Iowa Green Brewery Certification program, now well into its second year, has certified over 30 breweries and continues to assist Iowa craft breweries in minimizing their environmental impact while also advocating for sustainability and waste reduction into their brewing processes.
Congratulations to Big Grove, again, on receiving Platinum certification, it was well earned!
Learn more about the Iowa Green Brewery Certification program here.