Walker Modic, Environmental & Social Sustainability Manager for Bell’s Brewery in Comstock, Mich. has been named the new co-chair of the Brewers Association (BA) Sustainability Subcommittee. Modic will join co-chair Katie Wallace of New Belgium Brewing in leading the BA’s efforts to help brewers maintain a healthy balance between environmental stewardship and economic vitality.
At Bell’s, Modic oversees environmental engineering, environmental compliance, and byproduct and natural resource utilization. Before joining Bell’s in 2013, he was the head brewer at a small regional brewpub in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to starting a career in the beer industry, he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, and received the EPA’s award for Scientific and Technological Achievement for his research on the effects of Atrazine. He holds a MA in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University and a MS in Molecular and Structural Biochemistry from North Carolina State University.
“We’re very excited to welcome Walker into this leadership role,” said subcommittee co-chair Wallace. “Through his graduate work in sustainable brewing and his on-the-ground experience at Bell’s, Walker has a deep understanding of the environmental issues facing craft brewing today.”
“I’m thrilled to have a new opportunity to support and perpetuate the work Katie and the BA’s sustainability subcommittee have done,” Modic said. “Katie and the BA are standard-bearers of sustainable practices that I’ve long admired. I can’t wait to work with them and further the long-term viability of our membership’s businesses.”
The Sustainability Subcommittee serves the BA’s purpose by helping current members and future generations brew the highest quality beers in a manner that strengthens the value of their breweries. With its benchmarking tools and reports and sustainability manuals, the subcommittee encourages conscientious brewing practices that will ensure the long-term success of the craft beer industry.