October 30, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek has been awarded the Platinum Award, the highest level achievable, in the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge.
The Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is an alliance between the Loudoun County and Dulles Chambers of Commerce to promote businesses that make direct efforts to improve sustainability:
We are Sustainability@Work. The double meaning is intended! We are Loudoun Dulles Businesses saving energy, conserving water, reducing waste, combating congestion, protecting native habitat and reaching out to our employees, customers, communities and each other. We are also Loudoun and Dulles Businesses putting environmental sustainability to work to help us save money and grow our sales.
We are a diverse bunch, ranging from businesses that are new to environmental sustainability through leaders and innovators in sustainability. We range from home-based businesses through Fortune 100 corporations. What we have in common is that we enjoy challenging ourselves and each other to become more environmentally and financially sustainable. For us, the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is a fun way to measure our accomplishments, identify new ways to save money and grow, meet one another and show customers, employees and our communities that we’re green.
Among Catoctin Creek's unique innovations for achieving this award, were the following:
- Installation of a 41kW solar array, which offsets 80% of the company's electrical needs
- Partial reclamation and reuse of waste water for cooling and cleaning purposes
- Recycling of distillery by-products into cattle feed, alcohol cleansers and gasoline additives for automobiles. Zero-waste in the production of our products!
"We are very pleased to be rewarded with the Platinum Level award from the Green Business Challenge," remarked Scott Harris, who attended the awards ceremony on behalf of the company. "Every day we come into the office, we consider our impact on the planet, and how we can make delicious whisky in a responsible and sustainable manner. It's very important to us!"
Learn more about Catoctin Creek's green initiatives, including a video tour of their solar plant, on their website, at www.catoctincreek.com.