One Eight Distilling last week announced it was the recipient of a 2021 Sustainability Award from Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, alongside the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The DOEE unveiled the award winners at its 12th annual commemoration of the event on April 28.
This award recognizes One Eight Distilling for distinguishing itself as a visionary and leader in the environmental sustainability space. The first time the distillery received an award for its sustainability practices was in 2018, obtaining the Snail of Approval from Slow Food D.C.
“We know that distilleries use a great amount of energy and water, but wanted to do what we could to negate excess waste,” said Alex Laufer, co-founder and head distiller in a press release. “Recycling cooling water and using solar energy to help power the facility are small ways to work towards D.C. becoming the greenest city in the U.S. We are proud to be able to work with ingredients from the mid-Atlantic, which not only reduces our carbon footprint but supports local agriculture and makes for exceptional spirits, right here in D.C.”
One Eight Distilling finds small ways to make an environmental difference using biodegradable cups, LED lighting and light motion sensors in lower-traffic areas.