Sustainability Ambassador

The Brewers Association (BA) Sustainability Ambassador Ian Hughes attends state brewers guild gatherings nationwide to promote the mission of the BA Sustainability subcommittee, encourage use of the BA sustainability manuals, and grow participation in the sustainability benchmarking project. Ian’s goal is to help current members brew the highest quality beers in a sustainable manner—strengthening the value and resilience of their businesses, protecting resources for future generations, and enhancing the communities in which they thrive.

Sustainable Brewing Presentation: Valuable Resources for Operating your Brewery Efficiently

The content includes:

  • Overview of the Brewers Association Sustainability Benchmarking Project and Tools
  • How to put the Brewers Association Benchmarking Tools to work to improve your brewery’s efficiency and bottom line
  • Discussion of the Brewers Association Sustainability manuals which include best practices for energy, water, wastewater, and brewery design and build strategies
  • Sharing industry best practices and brewery sustainability case studies that showcase efficiency gains, operational improvements, waste diversion, cost savings, and more

“Beer has the unique ability to effortlessly bring people together and open up a dialogue,” says Hughes. “Let’s put this powerful tool to work and use it to inspire our industry, communities, and consumers by creating and sharing stories of brewery sustainability.”

2019 Schedule

Organizations Locations Dates
If you are interested in inviting our Diversity Ambassador to speak to your state guild gathering, please contact Brewers Association State Guild Manager Acacia Coast.
Brewers of Kentucky Guild Covington, KY January 28
New Mexico Brewers Guild Albuquerque, NM March 29
Craft Brewers Conference Denver, CO April 8-11
Texas Craft Brewers Guild Conference San Marcos, TX July 13
Arizona Craft Brewers Guild Conference Phoenix, AZ July 26
California Craft Beer Summit Long Beach, CA September 13

About the Ambassador

Ian Hughes spent nearly a decade studying and consulting in environmental science before diving into the brewing industry in 2007. He started off scrubbing tanks in the Great Lakes Brewing Company cellar in Cleveland, then moved to Chicago and held the positions of brand ambassador, EHS manager, and assistant brewery manager at Goose Island Beer Company. Over the course of 8 years at Goose Island, Hughes focused on developing safety and environmental regulatory compliance programs, leading continuous improvement projects, and growing Goose Island’s sustainability initiatives. During this time, he also served on the Brewers Association Sustainability Subcommittee. In his full time current role at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Ian provides technical sustainability consulting services to public and private entities across the state.

Have sustainability questions? Brewery members can reach Ian by email.