1. Global impacts of water scarcity—Culture of cooperation

Benjamin Moline (1); (1) Molson Coors Brewing Company, Denver, CO, U.S.A.

Technical Session 1: Eco-Awareness & Sustainability
Sunday, August 14  •  9:45–11:30 a.m.
Plaza Building, Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 14

Molson Coors Brewing Company (MCBC), with breweries located globally, has identified water scarcity, use and conservation as key components to achieve world-class corporate responsibility. Ben Moline, manager of water resources and environmental compliance for MCBC, will discuss general trends emerging globally with regard to water use, consumption trends and models for future water scarcity. Included in the discussion will be what MCBC is doing to address water use and efficiencies at each brewery, and what the beverage industry is doing collaboratively to address these issues. Finally, the presentation will include some insight into how brewing professionals can share their knowledge and passion for water to audiences worldwide who are not involved with brewing. A key aspect of this knowledge sharing is the need to understand what is happening locally within the watershed serving a brewery and how to build a culture of cooperation regarding water availability and use.

Ben Moline is the manager of water resources and environmental compliance for Molson Coors Brewing Company (MCBC), located in Golden, CO. In this position, he oversees the water rights portfolio along Clear Creek for MCBC with regard to legal protection of the water rights portfolio, environmental aspects of water quality, continued water deliveries to the brewery, and corporate responsibility. With regard to corporate responsibility, he helps to develop programs that are used globally to drive efficiency within each brewery and with supply chain members in an effort to reduce the water footprint of MCBC’s global network of breweries. Ben also manages and oversees environmental compliance projects, including Clear Creek water quality and reclamation of a coal mine for Coors Energy Company. He works extensively with federal, state and local environmental agencies to ensure compliance with regulations and betterment of the watershed. Ben is the current president of the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation, an organization focused on the clean-up and remediation of orphaned mines within the Clear Creek watershed. MCBC was a founding member of this foundation. Ben is also the past chair of the Upper Clear Creek Watershed Association, an organization composed of water users along Clear Creek that is focused on nutrient loading, water quality and monitoring of Clear Creek.

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