For the second time in two years, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has been named one of the EPA’s ten national WasteWise Award Winners for their sustainability efforts in 2018, keeping
their title of Small Business Partner of the Year for a second consecutive year.
The WasteWise program recognizes organizations ranging from small nonprofits to large multinational
corporations that demonstrate significant effort to prevent and divert waste.
“Sustainability has been a major focus of Urban Chestnut’s business plan since our inception in
2011,” said Quality Assurance Manager, Kurt Driesner. “Whenever possible, sustainable designs
and processes are implemented at the point of installation.” The company’s commitment to
sustainability has earned them the only LEED certification (silver) for a brewery in the state of
Missouri. Urban Chestnut believes that participating in WasteWise enables it to communicate
and share its approach in the hope that its message may assist others in craft brewing and
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In 2017, Urban Chestnut prevented and diverted 1,038.44 tons of solid waste. Since 2016, the
company has diverted 96 percent to 97 percent of its solid waste as a result of recycling and
repurposing. In 2019, the company partnered with Center Ethanol, and the brewery now
diverts 220,000,000 pounds of spent yeast out of the municipal waste stream and gives it to
Center Ethanol to make ethanol. Additionally, UCBC’s restaurant operations generate more
than 30 tons of organics each year that are diverted to compost.
“EPA’s WasteWise program helps encourage organizations and businesses to divert waste from
landfills, which not only conserves resources and protects the environment but also saves
money,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “Our 2018 winners demonstrate that
keeping valuable materials out of the trash is a win-win for the environment and their bottom