Beam Committed To A Sustainable Environment
Company to receive full LEED certification next month at the new Jim Beam
CLERMONT, Ky., April 22, 2013
CLERMONT, Ky., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --When it comes to environmental
sustainability, Jim Beam, home to the world's No.1-selling bourbon, proudly
reports that its efforts raise the bar. As the world recognizes Earth Day, the
company is poised to receive full LEED "Gold" certification at its new
visitors' center, The Jim Beam American Stillhouse, located on the company's
flagship distillery grounds in Clermont, Ky. The voluntary LEED certification
process, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,
demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social
"As the world's No. 1 Bourbon producer, Beam is committed to sustainable
operating practices that minimize our carbon footprint and work in harmony
with the environment," said Steve Lutes, VP Technical Services. "We are proud
of the strides we have made to protect our earth's precious resources and make
According to Lutes, Beam has a dedicated Environmental Management Committee
that oversees improvement of its systems and processes worldwide.
"Each year, we challenge ourselves to find new ways to protect and preserve
our resources. After more than two centuries in business, we understand and
appreciate what the land, especially Kentucky water, has meant to our whiskey,
so we take a diligent approach when it comes to protecting the environment,"
As part of that approach, Beam focuses on a handful of sustainability tenets
including: water preservation, energy conservation and recycling.
"'Reduce, reuse, recycle,' are simple words we live by as a company," said
As part of its environmental commitment, the recent construction of The Jim
Beam American Stillhouse:
oused 25 percent recycled materials;
oachieves 50 percent annual water savings due to the low-flow fixtures,
faucets and flush valves in the American Stillhouse;
ohas 100 percent controlled lighting in its facilities to save energy; and
odiverted 79 percent of its construction waste from landfills.
These measures mark the dedication that Beam has for sustaining the
Nestled in the rolling foothills of Kentucky and steeped in rich 218-year
history, The Jim Beam American Stillhouse construction honored that history
during development and construction. From a welcome desk crafted from
repurposed Cypress wood to concrete made with a high volume of fly ash from
coal fired boilers to the use of the wooden entrance door and cast iron
exterior staircase that were original to the Jim Beam distillery, the
company's overall commitment to natural resource conservation can be seen
across multiple touch points along the tour. Even 100 percent of the white oak
barrels used to age Jim Beam Bourbon are repurposed for everything from other
distilled spirits to wood products.
Similar efforts are made daily at all Beam facilities worldwide. Just last
year, Beam burned less coal and more natural gas at its Booker Noe plant in
Boston, Ky., thereby reducing eCO2 produced by five percent while spirits
production increased. The company also implemented a recycling system to allow
for the co-mingling of certain recyclables such as paper, cardboard, plastic
bottles and aluminum cans.
For more information about Beam's environmental and sustainability practices,
visit www.BeamGlobal.com. To learn more about The Jim Beam American
Stillhouse, visit AmericanStillhouse.com.
About Beam Inc.
As one of the world's leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the
Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for
the company's brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza
Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's
Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek
Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky
DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance
with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating
Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth.Beam and its
3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion
(excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and
some of the industry's fastest growing innovations.
Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and
the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its
commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and
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