Reporting on the CBRC Mission
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed extends throughout six states (Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York) It’s hard to believe the reach extends that far, but the health of our bay affects nearly 16.6 million people and growing. In fact, the watershed’s population is projected to top 18 million by 2020. This growth in population and the fact that the bay receives all of the contaminants that enter into the region’s streams is something that we take seriously at CBRC. For that reason, the CBRC mission is more than just selling larger amounts of great coffee. We know that our efforts to be a business success are better achieved if we are also efficient in our business practices, conscious about the impact that we have on the environment and fair to those we do business with.
Rehabilitation and Renewal
The Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company is devoted to restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed by working hand in hand with local and regional organizations either through providing supplies (Coffee!!!) to volunteer activities or funding for selected partners. In 2015 CBRC has partnered with the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Our commitment is to start by providing an amount of funding, as calculated from our current coffee sales, to plant new oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. We have calculate that for every pound of roasted coffee we sell, we can fund the planting of 20-25 new baby oysters in the bay.
In December 2014, CBRC coffee provided ORP with $2,000, our first contribution of the year. In May CBRC followed this up with a check for $1225 in support of the Giving Day campaign.
CBRC is limited in the methods that the company can utilize renewable energy as a direct source. This is because we rent our production facilities and because most of our energy requires natural gas in order to roast coffee.
While natural gas is considered a “cleaner” source of fuel we calculated that in 2014 our combined electrical and gas usage is the rough equivalent of 740,000 Kwh of power, which serves as our basis for the Renweable Energy Credits that we purchased in December 2014. See the full document here.