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Division of Compliance Assistance

Sustainable Spirits Initiative
Distilleries and breweries in Kentucky are faced with many environmental challenges and opportunities, ranging from air quality and water conservation to waste management. In addition to environmental compliance, sustainability is an ever-increasing topic of concern.

The Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers Association, has created the Sustainable Spirits Initiative to bring members of the industry together to discuss and share their experiences about current environmental issues and aspire to shape future opportunities for this sector. The first in this series of meetings was held on Oct. 27, 2011, at Wild Turkey. Read the summary for information about that day’s discussion.
On March 28, 2012, a second meeting was held at Woodford Reserve in Versailles, where members of the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA), Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and environmental staff at the Commonwealth's distilleries met to share ideas and information relevant to the spirits industry.
On Nov. 14, 2012, summit members, including DCA staff, KDA and the distilleries, met at the Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill Distilleries' Bardstown facility. Read a brief sum​mary of both 2012 discussions. 

Members of the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), Kentucky Distillers Association and others in Kentucky's distilling industry gathered at a Sustainable Spirits Summit that was held on July 14, 2014, at Jim Beam-Clermont. Presentations given at the summit included greenhouse gas regulations, renewable energy and recycling. Read a summary​ of the summit. For photos of this Sustainable Spirits Summit, go to ​​.
The 2015 summit was held on July 14, at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg. Presentations were given on establishing and operating a recycling program, green promotion techniques, managing glass waste streams, reducing energy usage and solar energy. Read the summary for details of the meeting.   

To read about the best practices used by members in the industry, read the 2014 Sustainable Spirits: ​A Look Into Sustainable Practices of Kentucky's Distilleries and Breweries​.

​​​​​​​​​​The 2016 summit was hosted by Brown-Forman Distillers, in Louisville, on Sept. 20. Participants listened to presentations about the summits and KY EXCEL, distilleries and air permitting, a tool to figure the true cost of water for the industry and pollinators and the distilling industry. For more information about the summit, read the summary.