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Press Release: Full Sail Brewing Named As One of Oregon’s Best

Full Sail Brewing Company Recognized as One of the “Best Green Companies to Work for” by Oregon Business Magazine

Full Sail Brewing, nationally known for its award-winning beers, has been named one of the “100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine for fostering an outstanding workplace that focuses on sustainable practices.

The first annual 100 Best Green Companies were announced Monday, June 1, at the Gerding Theater in Portland where the special June green issue of Oregon Business magazine was unveiled. The winners were selected from over 372 companies that participated. Award selection criteria included the company’s support for waste reduction; reuse and recycling; renewable energy and conservation; alternative modes of transportation; use of nontoxic materials; environmental stewardship; employee recognition and rewards for meeting or exceeding energy and waste-reduction goals; making business decisions based on sustainable values; reducing energy consumption and pollution; and commitment to sustainability as part of the organization’s core business strategy.

“It is truly an honor to be named one of the top green businesses in Oregon, a state that is known for being on the forefront of sustainability. For us, this sense of responsibility has been part of our core principals since we first started brewing beer over 21 years ago. Over the years we have been committed to being stewards of the environment and have remained dedicated to operating our brewery in the most responsible manner possible. As an employee owned company we share this award with our all employees who are a key part of our daily commitment to these practices. Open communication and suggestions from employees have contributed greatly to the success of managing and maintaining a socially and environmentally fair business,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s Founder and CEO.

“Our brewery’s amazing location nestled between the Columbia River and the snow-capped peak of Mt. Hood, in Hood River, Oregon makes us all feel a deep connection for our surroundings. Employees are the owners at Full Sail – and because Oregon is our home – we feel empowered to run the brewery in the most responsible manner every day. As much as we are committed to brew great beers, we are also committed to our community. It would be impossible to live and work in the Columbia River Gorge and not be inspired by the sheer beauty of the place. It is the blue skies, green forests, snow-capped mountains and pristine rivers surrounding us that insure our dedication,” added Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.

Some of the company’s sustainability measures include:

Earlier this year, the State of Oregon recognized Full Sail Brewing with Sustainable Tourism award for their leadership, stewardship and social responsibility. In 2008 Full Sail Brewing received the Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow Award (BEST) from the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development and the Governor’s Award for Sustainability from the State of Oregon. In addition the company’s Portland Riverplace Brewery and offices received recognition as a RecycleWorks business for its excellent track record of recycling, reducing waste and buying environmentally preferable products.

About Full Sail Brewing Company
The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, and Session Premium American lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 21 years. Full Sail is committed to brewing great beer while adhering to socially and environmentally sustainable practices. Their award winning brews are now available in nineteen states. Full Sail is a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Portland, a founding sponsor for the Hood River Chamber of commerce’s “Green Smart” program, and supports over 300 events and charities each year, the majority of which are local. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.