By Ryan Carpe | The Athens News | Posted Sunday July 17th, 2011
Ohio brewers and Athens community members shared their thoughts on sustainable energy practices at the Zero Waste Assembly Thursday morning as part of Ohio Brew Week.
The summit was an open discussion about waste reduction for Ohio businesses, and emphasized sustaining globally conscious practices. “It’s a great way to partner with the community, and reach out to Ohio businesses,” said Kyle O’Keefe, waste-stream development organizer for the Athens County-based non-profit, Rural Action.
Among the featured speakers were O’Keefe; Saul Kliorys, environment programs manager for Great Lakes Brewing Co.; John Najeway, owner of Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.; and local Jackie O’s brew-pub owner Art Oestrike.
Former Ohio University official John Kotowski, who vice-chairs Rural Action’s board of directors, introduced the members of the panel, which began by quickly offering practical options, such as reusing materials and partnering with surrounding regions.
The Zero Waste Project focuses on eliminating waste by reducing energy use and recycling materials, and teams with local businesses for support. “Small businesses are the engines of local economies. They’re the ones that employ and make an impact,” O’Keefe said.
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