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CMBC Speaks At Sustainability Conference

It wouldn’t be college without beer, right?

Our President, Ryan Krill, completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Villanova University before moving on to study real estatevill development at NYU. On October 7, he revisited his Philly stomping grounds in order to speak on campus at a sustainable career panel for students wondering what to do with their lives. (We’re looking at you, fellow philosophy majors.)

“I’d heard of the brewery because I have friends and colleagues who visit often, and they talk about how amazing the beer is,” said event organizer and Villanova Sustainability Manager Liesel Schwarz.  “Ryan was a perfect example to the students of what can happen when you have a passion and follow it through, even if it takes you down an unexpected path.”

Ryan was among five presenters, all Villanova alumni who’ve started their own businesses. None hail from what Liesel calls “stereotypically sustainable fields” like environmental science. Rather, attendees heard from a lawyer, a waste management exec, and heads of different engineering firms.

“It reinforced for me that you don’t have to be creating solar panels to act sustainably,” Ryan says.

As part of his own PechaKucha slideshow, our guy went over all of the ways CMBC minds the environment, including the use of refillable pint glasses and growlers; the lack of a New Jersey distributor, which limits carbon emission; and the installation of a silo, which limits the need for delivery trucks and grain bags.

Response from students, Liesel says, was wonderful.

“We had close to 50 in attendance,” she told us. “Which is pretty great, considering it’s finals week.”

Following the event, everyone was invited to a reception with Cape May beer on tap… a pretty good way to calm those pre-test nerves, if we do say so ourselves.

Ryan, on the far left, next to Liesel and the rest of the sustainability presenters.