Director of Social & Environmental Impact, New Belgium Brewing
Katie Wallace is the Director of Social & Environmental Impact at New Belgium Brewing. In her role, she develops an organizational understanding of environmental and social issues that are impacted by and pose risk to business and brewing. She develops and implements New Belgium’s strategy to address these pressing issues, including climate change, land and water protections, and social equity. Her team works toward these goals through operational sustainability initiatives, philanthropy, policy, company culture, and brand advocacy. Based out of Colorado, Katie sits on the senior leadership team at New Belgium, co-chairs the Brewers Association Sustainability Committee, and co-founded the Glass Recycling Coalition. Before joining the sustainability team at New Belgium, Katie’s experience includes water quality, finance, sales & marketing, and supply chain. She holds degrees in Finance and Economics as well as a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology where she studied approaches to advancing a culture of sustainability in organizations.
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Voodoo Ranger IPA and Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of award-winning beers, is a nationally distributed brand based out of Colorado and North Carolina. They are employee-owned, a Certified B Corporation, and members of 1% For The Planet. As a manufacturer, New Belgium recognizes the use of energy and creation of greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding the impact these emissions have on their business and beyond, they aim to minimize impact, produce renewable energy onsite, and create innovative ways to reduce demand. New Belgium is committed to carbon neutral operations by 2050. Knowing that smaller businesses cannot solve climate issues in a silo, New Belgium participates heavily in private and public collaboration at the local, state, and national level.