BIER Releases Latest Practical Watershed Context Tool

Performance in Watershed Context Insights Paper
Press Release

A collaboration of 19 leading beverage companies developed and tested a pragmatic decision support process for enabling more informed water-related investment decisions across a portfolio of operational sites. The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable’s (BIER) insights paper, entitled Performance in Watershed Context: Insights and Opportunities, provides a concise update to and builds upon earlier work completed via key partnerships with technical advisors from Ceres, The Nature Conservancy, and World Resources Institute.

3 Data-Driven Insights to Propel Water Stewardship in the Food & Beverage Sector


Water is the foundation of a food and beverage company’s business. Burgeoning population, climate uncertainties, political volatility and other conditions have an effect on water availability for business.

How to Initiate a Local Foodshed Resilience Program

A Call to Action

by Theo Ferguson; founder, Healing Living Systems and Stuart Valentine; founder, Centerpoint Investment Strategies

Imagine you are seated on a patio in the Tuscan countryside. The fresh mozzarella coupled with sweet tomatoes, ripe from the warm sun, pairs beautifully with the garlic sourdough bread and crisp local wine. The setting opens the heart and soothes the soul. The vineyard you overlook is in its crucial stage of ripening, that last conversion of acid to sugar, and the company of friends and family couldn’t be better.

Performance in Watershed Context: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Collaborates with the CEO Water Mandate

Press Release

April 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is proud to have been profiled in “Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets.” This collaborative discussion paper details a new approach for setting corporate water metrics and targets. The paper was jointly authored by CDP, the CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and WWF.

Collaborative Solutions to Bring Real Change to Drought-Stricken California


The theme at this year’s World Water Week is Sustainable Growth, and I’m here, along with thousands of global water experts, to talk policy action for addressing the world’s most critical water problems -- problems that threaten the livelihoods of communities as well as contribute to business and investment risk. As the lead for the California policy program at Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, I work collaboratively with companies, institutional investors, policymakers and other NGOs to accelerate

Protecting the ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’

Community rallies to protect trout, improve water quality in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass

Community rallies to protect trout, improve water quality in Crowsnest Pass

Sometimes small steps can springboard into leaps. Restoring an old, forgotten and collapsed bridge in a small foothills stream could encourage the recovery of the threatened Westslope cutthroat trout population in Allison Creek in the Crowsnest Pass area of southern Alberta.

Coming Soon - Facility Performance in Watershed Context

BIER Concept Paper
Multimedia with summary

With World Water Day right around the corner, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a Concept Paper that frames our approach to measuring facility water performance in the context of local watershed conditions. 

General Mills CEO Says Water is Critical to Business and Engagement is Key

Ken Powell Addresses The Nature Conservancy Global Water Summit; Announces New Water Policy and Signing of CEO Water Mandate
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MINNEAPOLIS, November 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Last evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company’s efforts to conserve and protect global water resources critical to the business.

GM Expands Watershed Education Program

GM GREEN is longest-running conservation education program by any automaker
Press Release

DETROIT, October 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ – General Motors launched its watershed education program in seven new communities across Canada this year, the largest international expansion in the initiative’s 25-year history. The GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) now comprises 53 GM facilities, including all of the company’s U.S. and Canadian manufacturing plants.

GM GREEN is the longest-running conservation education program by any automaker, impacting 150,000 young people through hands-on learning since its inception in 1989.

Reconnecting the Penobscot River with the Gulf of Maine for the first time in generations: Veazie Dam Breaching and Commemoration on Maine’s Penobscot River

Press Release

Eddington and Veazie, Maine, July 12, 2013 /3BL Media / – On Monday, July 22, contractors will begin to remove the Veazie Dam from Maine’s Penobscot River, reconnecting the river with the Gulf of Maine for the first time in nearly two centuries. The 830-foot long, buttress-style Veazie Dam spans the Penobscot River at a maximum height of approximately 30 feet, with an impoundment stretching 3.8 miles.


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