Mike Olesen, owner of Stockholm’s Brew Pub in Geneva, presented a check for $946 to The Conservation Foundation — money received from a 25 cent charge per glass of water started in August, during World Water Week.
Dan Lobbes, TCF director of land preservation, accepted the check along with Robb Cleave, volunteer coordinator for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and a part-time server at the pub, who suggested the idea.
Cleave suggested charging Stockholm’s patrons 25 cents per glass to remind them that the glass of water in front of them required water to wash it, to make the ice in it, and will require more water to wash it again after anything left in the glass is thrown away.
Olesen is known for his support of local charities and agreed to present all proceeds to The Conservation Foundation to support its clean water efforts in the community and particularly the Fox River, which is just a few blocks from the pub.
Olesen said he wanted to start a conversation about the importance of water conservation and water quality since his business relies so much on water. He also added that it takes three gallons of clean water to make a gallon of his “delicious beer.” He said he plans to resume the quarter water charge again in the spring.
The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations, with more than 4,000 members. Founded in 1972, TCF has helped preserve more than 35,000 acres of open space, restored and cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.
TCF’s mission is to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment.
Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.
FEATURE PHOTO CAPTION: (from l to r) Stockholm’s owner Mike Olesen and server Robb Cleave present a check for $946 to Dan Lobbes of The Conservation Foundation. The Geneva pub charged patrons 25 cents per glass of water to raise water conservation awareness.