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We are a tavern and community commons in north Asheville committed to brewing excellent classical style beers and making space for the village to gather and be in community. We are hoping to open our doors in Spring 2016. 

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Pint with a Professor - Dr. Evan Couzo

  • Habitat Tavern & Commons 174 Broadway Street Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)

Join us for a night with Dr. Evan Couzo of the UNCA Education Department along with students Metis Meloche and Jake Taylor as they present the research they've been completing within our fantastic brewing community! How are Asheville breweries contributing to our city's carbon footprint, and what practices are already in place to minimize the impact that breweries have on our environment?

In addition to its environmentally conscious identity, Asheville has deep roots in the craft brewing industry. It is home to the third most microbreweries per capita in the nation, and there are more than 35 brewing businesses that provide over 2,500 jobs, add a collective $111 million in labor income, and generate $934 million dollars in total output as of 2016. To unite these two identities, some breweries have incorporated many environmental efforts such as calculating their carbon footprints into their industry practices. However, one aspect that has not been accounted for is the emissions from the fermentation process of brewing beer. Alcoholic fermentation inherently creates CO2 as a byproduct. As such, there is a potential dissonance between these two foundational identities that Asheville holds. Knowing that CO2 emissions from fermentation are a missing piece within Asheville’s carbon footprint, our study aims to quantify the CO2 emissions from the fermentation process of brewing beer and determine if they are a substantial amount compared to the breweries overall coal-based electricity CO2 emissions.

Evan Couzo joined UNC Asheville's Department of Education in 2015. He is an atmospheric and environmental scientist by training and survived Boston's record-setting winter while a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Evan's research interests cover a broad range of air quality issues from pollutant formation and public health to regulatory decision-making and climate change. His most recent work investigated how sustainable development decisions in Saudi Arabia will affect air quality and health impacts. Evan's interest in public education was formed in the Mississippi Delta where he taught middle school math as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps. He enjoys hiking with his dog, cooking, traveling, reading, and other sorts of things that make him seem interesting and well-rounded.

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