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Craft Brewers Forum: Optimizing Water Use

You are invited to join us on June 18 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST for an interactive virtual panel to hear from industry experts as they discuss low-tech practices to optimize brewery water use and support watershed preservation.

According to the National Brewers Association, the average craft brewer uses seven gallons of water to produce one gallon of beer. BA estimates that 70% of this water is discharged as effluent to local wastewater treatment plants, which can impact local water quality and bring high disposal costs for breweries. 


But many brewers are finding ways to conserve water used in their operations, minimize wastewater, and protect local water resources – and in the process, save costs on utility bills and have a positive impact in their communities.


In this session, you’ll hear from:

– Paul Upham, Bissell Brothers Brewing, Maine: Learn about Bissell Brothers’ watershed preservation commitments, high strength waste side-streaming, and innovative water saving measures

– Dan WeberDogfish Head, Delaware: Dan will highlight some of Dogfish’s industry-leading water and wastewater practices and ideas for implementing practices at various scales

– Dano Ferons, Mad Mole Brewing, North Carolina: Dano will share how Mad Mole engaged partners to improve stormwater management on their site and improve water quality in a local receiving stream.

– Franklin Winslow, Tarboro Brewing, North Carolina: Franklin will talk about the waterwise practices being implemented at this rural, small-town brewery.


Bring your ideas, tips, and questions for an open Q&A time. Register here!


Hosted by the sustainable brewing programs at University of MarylandUniversity of North Carolina, and University of Southern Maine in partnership with BetterBev


BetterBev Partners Ecofriendly Beer Drinker and the University of Massachusetts, Boston are Hosting a Webinar on Sourcing Greener Energy

Please join BetterBev partners from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Ecofriendly Beer Drinker, along with their partner organizations, for a webinar on sourcing greener energy in Massachusetts and beyond.  This will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.  For more information, and to register, please follow the link below. 

EPA and Partners Awards over $7 million for Climate Projects in Rhode Island and  Southeast Massachusetts

Rhode Island communities will get $4.6 million in new funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to help protect the area’s coastal waters and watersheds, and added technical assistance and partnerships with local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $3,339,177 in new funding for southeast Massachusetts communities and new technical assistance and partnerships with local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems. 

Electric Vehicle Pilot Shows the Potential for Electrification in Craft Beverage Distribution

With facilitation support from the NEEFC and our Service Learning Interns, Three of Strong Spirits has committed to being the first craft beverage manufacturer to sign up for an EV trial with Merge Fleet Solutions for distribution needs, with very promising results to date.  This is just the beginning of a program intended to better understand the possibilities for using EVs for craft beverage needs in Maine, the barriers in place, and how to maximize the possibilities while strategically addressing the barriers.  

Coffee & Climate: Sustainability in the Breweries

Thursday, August 10th from 5:00-7:00 pm @ Island Dog Brewing, 125 John Roberts Road, South Portland, Maine. No registration required.

Local breweries bring numerous social and economic benefits to our communities, but have you ever thought about how much water and energy is needed to prepare your favorite beers? Wondered how many miles traveled between grain farmers, millers, maltsters, brewers, bakers, and distillers just for a tasty pint? With the highest rate of breweries per capita (roughly 25.5 breweries per 100,000 residents) here in Greater Portland, in what ways is this industry shifting towards more sustainable resource use practices?

Join the NEEFC’s Luke Truman, Sustainability Coordinator for the Craft Beverage Sector and industry leaders who will share how they’ve learned to run their businesses in a way that benefits employees, helps our communities, and reduces impacts on the environment.

Free Stormwater Financing Workshops!

Mass Rivers Alliance is offering a 3 part Stormwater Financing Workshop Series July 13, July 26th, and September 12th to help municipalities learn about, and take advantage of, short- and long-term funding solutions for stormwater management. The Series has been developed with expertise from partnering organizations OARS, Raftelis, and Tighe & Bond to meet the financing needs and interests of Massachusetts municipalities, and non-profits working directly with communities.

The workshops will guide communities in evaluating a variety of funding opportunities and will provide tools for developing long-term revenue streams through stormwater utility fees. This is an opportunity to learn from state and federal agencies, local municipalities, and regional environmental and financial consultants. Interested members of the public may also join.

Photo Credit: Dennis Dunbar

NEEFC Helps Coastal Maine Towns Secure Action Grants for Climate Resilience

Dec. 1, 2022 – The Towns of Arrowsic, Georgetown, Westport Island, and Woolwich were each awarded Community Action Grants of up to $50,000 to support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the community adapt to climate change impacts. NEEFC and partners helped these neighboring towns identify community climate priorities during a series of workshops this summer and worked with town representatives to apply for state funding through Maine’s Community Resilience Partnership. 

2021 Rhode Island Grantees & Delegation

EPA Support for Local Groups Will Help Protect and Restore Environment for SNEP Communities

Nov. 7, 2022 – Through the SNEP Network’s 2022 Community Assistance Projects (CAP) Solicitation, the SNEP Network selected 10 projects with 8 SNEP communities and 1 Tribe in which to provide technical assistance. The Community Assistance Projects offer in-depth technical, financial, and training assistance to municipalities, Tribes, and non-profits in the SNEP region to build their local capacity.

Biden-Harris Administration Selects NEEFC as EPA Environmental Finance Center to Help Communities Access Funds for Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON (Nov. 4, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 29 Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that will help communities across the country access federal funding for infrastructure and greenhouse gas reduction projects that improve public health and environmental protection. Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the selected EFCs will help underserved communities that have historically struggled to access federal funding receive the support they need to access resources for water infrastructure improvements.

Director Martha Sheils (left) and Technical Expert Peter Cooke (right). Photo Credit: Robert Guillemin

EPA Selects New England Environmental Finance Center for $350,000 Pollution Prevention Grant

FREEPORT, ME (Sept. 8, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of the New England Environmental Finance Center based at the University of Southern Maine (USM) to receive a $350,000 Pollution Prevention (P2) grant made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s historic $100 million investment in the program. This grant will help support sustainability in the Maine craft beverage industry.

New England Stormwater Retrofit Manual

The recently released Stormwater Retrofit Guidance Manual is a key tool for improving New England’s water resources. The guidance is based on how stormwater treatment occurs within structural controls with the understanding that achieving any water quality improvement is beneficial. It provides approaches for making improvements on sites that don’t fit within a current regulatory framework.

This manual has been developed by the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center and VHB with financial support from the SNEP Network, a project of the New England Environmental Finance Center, and technical support from other SNEP Network partners, state agencies, and EPA Region 1.

New England Sustainable Craft Beverage Program Launches with Five Maine Brewers

PORTLAND, ME (January 3, 2022) – Allagash Brewing Company, Austin Street Brewery, Island Dog Brewing, Maine Beer Company, and Nonesuch River Brewing have completed the New England Sustainable Craft Beverage Program workbook. 

Photo Credit: Running Tide

University of Southern Maine and Running Tide Awarded $250,000 to Test Aquaculture Strategies to Reduce Nutrient Pollution in Casco Bay

December 9, 2021 – The New England Environmental Finance Center, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, and Running Tide will explore the use of shellfish and kelp to reduce nitrogen levels in local waters.

Photo Credit: Kimberly Groff Consulting

SNEP Network announces technical assistance awards to Southeast New England communities

September 1, 2021 – The Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Network is pleased to announce its 2021 technical assistance awards to two Tribal Nations and six Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts communities to advance their stormwater and watershed management, and climate resilience planning.

University of Southern Maine Selected for Pilot Climate Resilience Project

August 18, 2021 – New England Environmental Finance Center  and Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) are partnering with the Towns of Harpswell, Phippsburg, and West Bath to help them prepare for the effects of climate change and develop climate planning models for other coastal communities in Maine.