Sustainability Cohorts

An initiative of the DEC Environmental Assistance Office
In partnership with Efficiency Vermont

Check out this video EPA just released featuring the 2018-2019 Green Brewery Cohort!

Sustainable businesses mean a sustainable Vermont

Sustainability is about eliminating waste and inefficiency, which cuts costs and helps you be more profitable. It's about improving environmental outcomes. By joining a Sustainability Cohort, you will gain access to a variety of technical, media, and financial resources to help you make your business better. Businesses participating in Sustainability Cohorts receive in-depth technical assistance, training, and funding assistance in exchange for voluntarily, but formally, committing to specific, measurable goals in energy, water, waste, and wastewater. Over the course of a year-long tracking period, participating businesses meet regularly for workshops, information-sharing, and networking. Participation is free and open to any businesses in a specific sector. This initiative is funded in part through a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.  

What you get: 

  • Sustainability consulting from DEC Environmental Assistance.
  • Energy and efficiency consulting from Efficiency Vermont.
  • Funding resources to make recommended improvements.
  • Fully-subsidized Certified Green Production course from Community College of VermontRegistration closed.
  • Trainings on data tracking, energy, waste, asset management, and wastewater.
  • Opportunity to make your business stand out by going green.
  • Membership in the Vermont Green Business Program.
  • Free publicity and media attention.
  • Learn from and share ideas with other businesses at quarterly Cohort meetings.

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2019-2020 COHORTS:

Green Brewery Cohort

Drop In Brewery, Foam Brewers, Hermit Thrush Brewery, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Vermont Cider Company, Whetstone Station Brewery, and Zero Gravity Brewery

Green Dairy Cohort

Blue Ledge Farm, Bridport Creamery, Crowley Cheese, Fairy Tale Farm, Ice House Farm, Plymouth Artisan Cheese, and Shelburne Farms

Green Specialty Foods Cohort

Birnn Chocolates of Vermont, goodMix Foods, Joe's Kitchen at Screamin' Ridge Farm, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Mad River Food Hub, and Vermont Tortilla Company.


Past cohort participants:

2018-2019 Green Brewery Cohort: 

Magic Hat Brewery, Mill River Brewery, Drop In Brewery, Hermit Thrush Brewery, 14th Star Brewery, Whetstone Brewery, Northshire Brewery 

Additional Resources

Food for Thought webinars on managing solid, liquid and hazardous waste


Tip-Sheets for Best Management Practices