Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference

  for craft brewers and policy makers


  October 21-22, 2014: Founders Brewing and GVSU, Grand Rapids, MI
  October 23, 2014:  tour Hop Head Farms and Bell’s Brewery


Registration now open

The Great Lakes Compact has its costs:

How to save water and save money now

Join us in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tuesday-Wednesday, October 21-22, 2014, with a tasting and tours at Founders Brewing Co. on Tuesday evening.  Presentations at Grand Valley State University's Eberhard Center begin on Wednesday with a welcome from the Honorable George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids. 

The bus tour on Thursday, October 23, 2014, is now full; email to be placed on a waiting list. The group will visit Hop Head Farms and Bell's Brewery production and new wastewater facility, Comstock, MI.

The conference is all-volunteer produced to help craft brewers save water and save money. With many water utilities in the Great Lakes region increasing fees by 25% or more in the next year, the conference will pay for itself through practical systems for water savings.

Presentations cover water quality, water conservation and water monitoring systems, and all speakers donate their time and expertise. Thanks to the following sponsors for their continuing support.

  Sustaining Sponsor: Briggs of Burton, Inc.

2014 sponsors include:

Antea Group

Brewers Professional Alliance


Founders Brewing Co.

Goose Island Beer Co.

Experience Grand Rapids

Shorts Brewing Co.
Williams Creek Consulting,

Past presentations and panels cover systems for water conservation, water auditing, rain water harvesting, wastewater treatment and recycling, and alternative energy installations.

Why should you participate? Water policy in the Great Lakes region - the source of 20 percent of the world's supply of available freshwater -  is changing rapidly.
The bi-national Great Lakes Compact requires all water-intensive businesses within the watershed to implement water conservation practices. State and Province regulations for the Compact's implementation are due in 2015.

A short documentary about the 2009 conference's beer and cheese tasting is posted on YouTube here. Here's an article dated March 25, 2010, published by the Great Lakes Echo about water conservation and craft brewing.

Sponsorships are welcome, and Wednesday includes sponsor tables for information and displays. Thank you to participating speakers who donate their time and travel.



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