​Ohio State graduate helps brew an environmentally friendly beer

Jan. 16, 2018
Vincent Valentino speaks at the EPN breakfast.

This news release originally appeared on the website of The Ohio State University and was written by Chris Booker.

Sustainability manager for Land-Grant Brewing Company puts his education to use.

If you think of green beer, your thoughts might turn to the objectively bad, dyed brew served on St. Patrick’s Day. For the owners and operators of Land-Grant Brewing Company, green beer has a much more thoughtful connotation.

The Columbus-based brewer is aiming to become the most sustainable brewery in Central Ohio, and a graduate of The Ohio State University is helping them lead the way.

“We’ve successfully made a case for why sustainable beer sells and how it can be sourced locally,” said Vincent Valentino, sustainability manager for Land-Grant.

Valentino graduated in Ohio State’s second class of Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability majors. The Centerville, Ohio, native spoke at a breakfast hosted by the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Professionals Network on Tuesday.

As the craft beer boom continues, many of these small businesses are dealing with issues that have a big environmental impact. Valentino said his job at Land-Grand is to improve energy efficiency, water stewardship and waste diversion.  

Read the full Ohio State News release written by Chris Booker here.