Launched in 2015, the joint sustainable brewing program was developed at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University by the two schools working in close coordination with the industry. The program offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or associate degree at KVCC, then transfer to a Bachelor of Science degree that marries industry art and science with WMU's national reputation in sustainability. The rigorous science curriculum, which addresses some of the industry's most pressing issues, has been developed with input from a panel of Michigan's top craft brewers and suppliers.
The Western Michigan University sustainable brewing faculty advisory board consists of leaders, scholars and innovators with an interest in sustainable brewing. The Industry Advisory Board members serve as ambassadors externally for the sustainable brewing program and create alliances between the program and the industry.
This program is for you if you are interested in:
- Developing a solid foundation in the biochemistry and microbiology involved in fermentation.
- Gaining first-hand experience going through the process of brewing, from “grain to glass.”
- Understanding the history and social forces that were the cause and effect of brewing in human civilization.
- Forming a sensitivity for the ethics of sustainability and obtain relevant skills, such as life-cycle analysis.