Anheuser-Busch’s Houston brewery has been recognized for “taking care of Texas through environmental leadership” by Clean Texas, a statewide program that promotes environmental responsibility.
Clean Texas recognized the brewery as a bronze-level member for being “a leader among Texas communities and workplaces” and for achieving significant environmental results to “protect air, water and land resources in Texas.”
The Clean Texas program is part of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It’s a voluntary leadership program promoting enhanced environmental performance and stewardship through waste reduction and the conservation of natural resources.
“This honor recognizes our work in a number of areas, whether it’s reducing our water usage or our use of renewable fuels to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rick Wohlfarth, general manager of the brewery.
Organizations participating in Clean Texas commit to improvements in their environmental performance, above and beyond what is required.
Earlier this year, the brewery was a finalist for the 2010 Texas Environmental Excellence Award. That honor was for a brewery boiler upgrade that used renewable fuels to reduce emissions. Wohlfarth said this project showcased how modifying boilers installed in the 1960s and 1980s could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a cost-effective model of clean combustion technology, and reduce the use of natural gas.
Clean Texas also recognized the brewery’s environmental service programs, such as “Play it Green with the Astros,” an annual event to educate the public about the environment.
In June, Houston employees joined World Environment Day efforts with a number of employee educational activities, and partnered with the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) for a marsh restoration event at Tiki Island. In the spring, employees also participated in the foundation’s Kemah Bay Day.
“Anheuser-Busch and our employees have a long history of environmental stewardship,” Wohlfarth said.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.9 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer. Anheuser Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo.