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Costa Rica’s Imperial Beer Re-Launches in San Diego and Invests in Local Water Initiatives..

How can drinking beer help the environment? Costa Rican-based Cerveza Imperial, the world’s first and only water positive beer, has chosen San Diego as one of two markets along with Denver for its re-launch. To spread its water positive concept of “giving more than it takes,” Imperial will partner with Surfrider Foundation San Diego, California Surf Museum, Aaron Chang, and various clean-up events throughout San Diego County to help fund and support efforts to restore and sustain San Diego’s clean water initiatives.

We have committed to a revolutionary concept of being the world’s first and only ‘water positive’ beer, a unique approach that allows us to return more fresh water to the environment than we use,” said Gisela Sanchez, Cerveza Imperial’s corporate affairs director. “Imperial analyzed its entire water footprint in sourcing, brewing and transporting our beer to understand our total water impact. We looked for ways to not only reach water neutrality by reducing and compensating the water we use but to actually improve upon the availability of fresh water in Costa Rica.”

As a result, San Diegans are helping to save the environment by drinking Imperial products, Sanchez said.

In order to give back to San Diego, Cerveza Imperial is investing in Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s No Border Sewage Program to support clean water advocacy and the advancement of the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Plan. Through the partnership, Imperial hosted a dedicated beach clean-up at Imperial Beach June 10 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in celebration of World Ocean Day, and will host a Goat Canyon clean-up during Tijuana River Action Month (TRAM) in September / October.

To accomplish its water positive mission, Ceveza Imperial has adopted the following four-step process of measure, reduce, compensate and create positive value in achieving a positive water footprint:

Measure. Analyze and measure the entire production water footprint including all suppliers and water used in the distribution process.

Reduce. Once a benchmark is established, the operation team develops processes that reduce water usage in the brewing, fermenting and packaging process, achieving an average 44 percent reduction in water usage over the last nine years while increasing production 70 percent.

Compensation. The third step is “offsetting” water being used in the production process and supply chain by “returning” water to the eco-system for water use. Cerveza Imperial protects more than 600 hectares (1,482 acres) of the Costa Rican tropical forest that are critical in trapping rainwater, recharging the natural water basins and protecting the quality of the water by reducing runoff.

Create Positive Value. Cerveza Imperial partners with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve access to fresh water, conserve fresh water, clean fresh water, and sustain fresh water.
This water positive designation has been bestowed on Imperial by ISO14046 international guidelines and reviewed by the Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainable Design center in Mexico and will be verified each year by the Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica.

“We take seriously our commitment to support the tropical forest and local communities in Costa Rica,” Sanchez said. “Our partnerships with Surfrider Foundation San Diego, California Surf Museum and our alliance with Aaron Chang are no different. We are proud to make an investment in the well-being of the San Diego community and carry the water positive message to this beautiful area.”

By Laura Alvarado , The Costa Rica Star 

IronMan 70.3 Triathlon, Guanacaste, Playas del Coco

The IronMan organisation, together with Municipality , have put together a program and are taking care of safety issues.
To secure the course for the participants and spectators, the road from Comunidad (the junction with the gas station)via Sardinal to Playas del Coco will be blocked for motorized traffic both ways. As will be the Chorrera (the road behind the beach, towards Urb. las Palmas and Pacifico Beach Club), so the exit via Cacique can also not be used. Time of closure: from 5AM-2PM.

A New Expression Of Luxury Awaits…

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CMO
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Start planning your retirement with these 10 steps…

Rather than fear the pending changes, it is best to regard retirement as an outstanding life opportunity. Everyone’s retirement is unique. Staying busy, which I prefer, may not appeal to you. You may be content reading lots of books, watching TV and playing golf. You may decide to travel to those places in the world you always wanted to see. Before settling into any lifestyle, start your due diligence for what may be the last quarter or even third of your life with these 10 steps.

First, decide if retirement is for you. If it is, decide if you will plunge into it full time or opt for part time.

Second, if you opt for retirement, plan when and where. Remember that it is far easier to downsize at 65 than 90.

Third, review your finances to determine your lifestyle. Your income will set the parameters for your lifestyle.

Fourth, think about what you want to do with your time. Couples may agree to pursue their own interests separately but also have some joint activities.

Fifth, with the aid of the internet thoroughly research your options.

Sixth, prepare a Ben Franklin, honestly writing down the pros and cons of each of your options.

Seventh, visit the locations you are interested in, live in a dwelling and talk with the locals in each area. By analyzing places at different times of the day, you will find the spot most suited to you.

Eighth, live in different areas of the country by renting accommodations before choosing the final location and perhaps buying a home. I continue to rent, which also is an option.

Ninth, learn the language, if it is not English or your native tongue.

Tenth, if you have a significant other, be sure you are both on the same wave-length about how you want to live and where. If you are a woman that needs a male companion, be sure to bring him with you. Finding one in Costa Rica can be a major undertaking because many eligible men choose women young enough to be their daughters.

Deciding to retire in my case happened when the parent company filed bankruptcy causing my job of a lifetime to disappear. Dealing with the shock, I determined I did not want to return to the good-ole-boy commercial real estate business that I had battled for 25 years or to work in retail. I looked for something to supplement my income but could not land an acceptable part-time job being close to a presumed retirement age.

As I evaluated my choices, my goal was to be able to enjoy an adventure that would ensure my golden years would be happy, healthy, and content.

After seven years of living in Costa Rica, to pay for my good life, I published a book in 2012. This year I released the third edition of “Retiring in Costa Rica or Doctors, Dogs and Pura Vida” to pinpoint the changes and growth in my second country and to update all the data and links.

The book enables readers to take the first step in performing due diligence beginning with the new chapter, Retirement 101, also available as a booklet on Kindle. It encourages you to look beyond your financial plans and to consider carefully what you will do with your wonderful free hours. And, you may contact me through my website www.helendunnframe.com for the password to download a free Moving Guide and workbook, useful for any move.

If Costa Rica is on your list of possible locations, you’ll undoubtedly discover if retiring to this emerging nation is, or is not, for you. If your choice is retiring to another foreign country, the book may help you to recognize what you might face when adapting to a different culture.

You could also decide to keep working, if only part-time, or to create a business you have always wanted to pursue and to live near family and friends. It’s your choice to make for your great opportunity. Pura Vida!

By Helen Dunn Frame*
Special to Retire NOW in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Imperial beer – first beer globally to be declared water positive!

By Aris Gionis

Imperial, “The beer of Costa Rica”, was declared the first beer globally to be water positive.

Being “Water Positive” means having strategies in place to contribute with water conservation, “Imperial has managed to reduce in over 44% the consumption of water in its manufacturing process, with the help of investments in high technology equipment, and the establishment of good environmental practices regarding the adequate use of this vital liquid”, explained Gisela Sánchez, director of Corporate Relations for Florida Ice & Farm.

In order to earn this certification, the quantification is revised by Mexico’s Center of Analysis of the Life Cycle and Sustainable Design and verified yearly by the Technical Norms Institute of Costa Rica. Some of the aspects considered have to do with the obtaining of raw materials, manufacture, distribution, final disposition and packaging recycling practices, this helps determine the water footprint and the real impact in the ecosystem .

The positive value is also accomplished through the community water projects being developed in two important areas of Costa Rica: Gavilán Canta in Talamanca and Brasilito in Guanacaste.

Devoted to the brand’s purpose to set the pace in being a different type of brand that leaves a positive footprint, and our philosophy of making of Costa Rica a “Pura Vida” country in every aspect, in Imperial we have been working on a sustainability plan that consists in developing diverse strategies to protect our ecosystem. Ticos are privileged to have abundant water resources in comparison to other countries, but we must have a proper use and sustainable management of water to preserve it for the current and future generations, and our brand is aware of this, and of the importance of preserving this wealth”, said Juan José Altmann, Brand Manager of Imperial.

Florida Ice & Farm (Fifco), also announced that they are launching a strategy named “Fifco Air Brands” with the purpose that their brands do not generate any environmental or social footprint during their life cycle.

The company expects to reach this goal by 2020 with their brands: Tropical, Cristal, Imperial, Mecochón Cero, The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Conchal Beach, Seagrams and Magic Hat.

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