The country’s Largest Brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, provides $14,000 to Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch Watershed Grant; Supports Anheuser-Busch’s Watershed Restoration Initiatives

PHOENIX, AZ (November 6, 2018) – Keep Phoenix Beautiful partnered with Hensley Beverage Company on November 3rd thanks to a recent $14,000 Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch Watershed Grant. The grant is one of 10 high impact, public space community watershed restoration grant projects that have been conducted throughout the country. The projects are engaging volunteers from Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partnering organizations, working with the input and participation from local Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) wholesalers. keep-phoenix-beautiful-logo

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Left to Right: Steven Prager – Important Bird Area Program Associate, Audubon Arizona Winston Lyons – Park Ranger, City of Phoenix: Parks & Recreation Department Cathy Wise – Education Director, Audubon Arizona Emmett Boyd – Park Manager, City of Phoenix: Parks & Recreation Department Rebecca Itzkowitz – Sales Ops Manager, Hensley Beverage Company Tom Waldeck – President & CEO, Keep PHX Beautiful Chad Marston – VP of Sales, Hensley Beverage Company

Keep Phoenix Beautiful and Hensley Beverage Company employees and family members restored trails and the Monarch Habitat at the Nina Mason Pulliam Audubon Wetlands along the Rio Salado Trail.  More than 70 Desert Milkweed and Baja Fairy Dusters were planted to attract the butterflies.  At one time, the garden had been an area for the Monarch butterflies on their migration to Mexico.  Volunteers also installed 160 feet of split rail fencing along trails to protect native plants surrounding the wetlands.

Anheuser-Busch has provided grant funds totaling $95,000 for volunteer initiatives ranging from river cleanups to invasive species removal to riparian restoration planting to river bank stabilization and stream buffers, all designed to improve the health and vitality of local watersheds. The projects engaged volunteers from Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partnering organizations working with the input and participation from local Anheuser-Busch wholesalers.

“Hensley Beverage Company takes environmental sustainability seriously, especially in beautiful Arizona. We were proud to have worked so closely with local Keep Phoenix Beautiful to make sure the watersheds in our community are as clean and healthy as they can be,” said Douglas Yonko, Hensley’s VP Communications. “And, of course, our organization is doubly pleased to have assisted in those efforts with the aid of a 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch Watershed Grant.”

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Hensley Beverage Company employees planting bushes

Anheuser-Busch is a founding partner of Keep America Beautiful and has been proud to support the organization’s efforts for more than 65 years. The Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch Watershed Grants Program supports the water stewardship component of the company’s U.S. 2025 Sustainability Goals, which were announced this spring.

Anheuser-Busch’s sustainability efforts in the U.S. through 2025, include:

  • Water Stewardship: 100% of facilities will be engaged in water efficiency efforts; and 100% of communities in high stress areas will have measurably improved water availability and quality
  • Renewable Electricity and Carbon Reduction: 100% of purchased electricity will come from renewable sources; and CO2 emissions across the value chain will be reduced by 25%
  • Smart Agriculture: 100% of direct farmers will be highly skilled, connected and financially empowered
  • Circular Packaging: 100% of packaging will be made from majority recycled content or will be returnable

Hensley Beverage Company, founded in 1955, and one of the largest privately-held companies in Arizona distributes Anheuser-Busch beers, award-winning craft beers, wine, spirits and non-alcohol beverages. Hensley has six facilities that serve the greater Phoenix, Chandler, Prescott Valley, Tucson, Flagstaff and Show Low areas and a workforce of 1,100 employees and has a delivery fleet of more than 500 vehicles.  Hensley is a “local first” company that builds key relationships with their employees, community, supplier partners and nearly 10,000 retail customers with service, integrity and quality products.  For more information, visit www.hensley.com.

Keep Phoenix Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Every day KPB provides tools to empower our diverse communities to improve overall quality of life.  Our vision is a vibrant Phoenix where each neighborhood is a healthy, beautiful place to live.  To achieve that vision, we aim to inspire neighborhoods and organizations through leadership, active partnerships and meaningful volunteer experiences.

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