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Sustainability

In the early days, there was no such thing as small-scale brewing equipment.

Everything we used was built or repurposed for the brewery. Back then, “reduce, reuse, recycle” wasn’t a catchphrase but a business model. This hardscrabble ethos and our roots in scenic Northern California helped solidify our commitment to the environment. We have been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. Although we have proven to be a leader in environmental sustainability, we are always looking for the next step we can take to be more efficient.

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Mills River, NC

In June 2016, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was the first production brewery in the US to be LEED® certified, Platinum —the highest level awarded—for its Mills River, North Carolina, brewing facility.

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Chico, CA

Our Chico, CA, brewery houses one of the largest privately-owned solar arrays in the country. The 10,751 panels cover enough rooftop space to span 3.5 football fields and supply 20% of the brewery’s electricity, the equivalent of powering 265 average American households for a year. In Mills River, NC, we have a comparatively modest collection of 2,200 panels including freestanding “solar trees” in our parking lot.

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