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The Cakebread vegetable garden uses recycled water from their reclamation pond.

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Permeable pavers reflect heat and allow water to filter into the drainage system below.

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Walking paths through the parking area create an enjoyable walk into the winery for employees and guests.

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Bio-swales collect surface water runoff and help filter and return the water back into the groundwater table.

Cakebread Cellars Green Parking Lot Helps to Conserve Water

Bruce Cakebread and Cakebread Cellars are championing water conservation with their new green parking lot – native trees, drought tolerant grasses and flowers, permeable pavement and bio-swales that capture and filter water and recharge groundwater.

We wanted to do something besides black paving and white stripes. We asked ourselves, 'where is all of the water going that hits the pavement?' We decided to go with the model of a green parking lot.

The expanded parking area, built around existing oak, redwood, pecan, palm and other trees, is safer and more streamlined. The “pavement” consists of light-colored, permeable pavers to reflect heat, atop a foot of gravel, and a drainage system that carries water to three bio-swales. During the two large rain storms in December and February, there were no puddles in the parking lot and the swales filled and drained quickly. “We proved it works,” Cakebread concluded.
Cakebread worked with Landscape Architect Jack Chandler to design the landscaping. The goal is to create the feel of a small forest. They planted 50 new Oak trees of eight different species. They preserved two “squirrel oaks” – trees originally seeded by the squirrels. They also planted almond and olive trees. “My father and grandfather raised almonds outside Brentwood in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s so this pays homage to that history,” Cakebread said. They currently make and sell about 50 gallons of olive oil from olive trees around the winery. All of the landscaping is irrigated with recycled water from their reclamation pond and lit by efficient LED lights.

Employees and guests used to make a beeline to the facility. We built a path from the back parking area through the swales and trees to encourage guests and employees to enjoy the walk. If we're going to take care of our winery footprint we also want to help our employees educate themselves about being healthy.

The parking spaces are filled with shallow gravel supported by honeycomb – a web of circular piping that supports vehicle weight and directs water down to the drainage system. Along the sides is grass pave , water efficient, low-maintenance hardy grass also supported by the honeycomb, so limos and buses can park there as needed. Cakebread Cellars started the project in the spring of 2014 and it was largely complete by late-fall. There are 89 guest and 32 employee parking spaces. They’re currently working on signage for each parking bay that will tell the history of Cakebread Cellars, the Napa Valley and what you see in the parking and landscaping. “We’ve been here 43 years and we want to be here another 43 years,” said Cakebread.

Projects like this not only allow for reduced runoff, purified storm water and flood prevention, but they also allow us to plant new crops and expand biodiversity on the property. This project wasn't driven by Napa County or permits, just our own desire to be good stewards.​

If you want to conserve water for Down to Earth month and beyond, Bruce Cakebread says:

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The most important aspect of water conservation is tracking your water use. Put flow meters in strategic locations. Cakebread has a flow meter on each building, all landscaping and each of the property’s houses. Once the metering is in place, a dedicated staff person should track water use monthly. This will identify leaks and areas to improve efficiency. Without water metering you can’t answer the question, “Can we do this with less water?”

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Understand where your biggest water uses are and focus on low-hanging fruit – e.g., use a squeegee rather than a hose to clean the cellar floor.

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Educate your employees. Cakebread has a staff Green Committee that meets quarterly to discuss specific topics and communicate to individual departments. Sustainability priorities are incorporated in employee hiring. They don’t just want employees to make changes at work but also at home. Cakebread has been Napa Green since 2008 and now it’s a part of their culture.

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Take your employees on visits to other innovative facilities and get inspired. Cakebread recently took its Green Committee on a tour of sustainability practices at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. They saw highly efficient natural gas-powered micro-turbines and are now in the process of installing them – and they got to drink some great beer, too!

Napa Green Land encompasses the whole property including the vineyard to the benefit of the Napa River Watershed... This is a really strong program.

Economic benefits & ROI of workshops: In a time of changing consumer trends, we want you think of us as extended members of your team. We are here to help share information of ways to not only increase your sustainability but also share with you how these things bring with them ROI, decrease in cost, consumer approval & many other economic benefits. 

Join us at our All Things Bottle Sustainability Workshop to hear from our panel of experts. Registration is $20 and the link can be found in our profile. Cheers!
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📣 Don’t miss these events! 

April 26th - All Things Bottle Sustainability, Pine Ridge Vineyards, 9:00am.

May 23rd - The Future of Water Workshop, 9:00am. 

On April 26 we have 12+ speakers covering all aspects of climate smart glass and packaging. Digging in on the truly most sustainable recyclable/compostable/reusable options, with some product show and tell. 

On May 23 we have keynotes from two incredible speakers and internationally renowned experts: Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute and author of The Three Ages of Water, and Mimi Casteel, vineyard manager at Hope Well Wine and forest ecologist. 

Register now!
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Join us for a dinner that brilliantly combines luxury and sustainability with Vintner Kia Behnia, acclaimed Chef Dave Cruz and The Wine Bible Author, Karen MacNeil! 

This event will help Napa Green raise much needed funding to keep our non profit thriving. For more info head to the link in our bio or email social@napagreen.org!
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We invite you join us at a very special wine dinner with @karenmacneilco, Chef Dave Cruz and @neotempowines to raise funds for climate action in the wine industry. 

For further details please go to the link in our profile or email social@napagreen.org. 

We hope to see you there. Cheers!
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Happy Earth Month! While our members celebrate the Earth every day of the year, this month is a great time to showcase those sustainability practices and tell consumers what you do to be green! Be sure to tag @napagreen in your posts, join us @earthdaynapa, and reach out for more ways to get involved!
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Meghan brings her passion for wine and sustainability together in her role as @napagreen’s social media manager. She is both a Vintner and Certified Sommelier and helps our members share their sustainability stories, emphasizing how caring for nature and community elevates both quality and guest experience. 

Thanks for your unwavering passion and dedication @mvino1!
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Join the @napagreen team this earth month at events around the valley at @cliffamily @earthdaynapa @silveroakcellars and more.

We look forward to talking (and drinking) sustainability with you!
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Say hi to @marisataylorwines, our Winery & Climate Specialist. Marisa has supported sustainable farming and green practices from vineyard to cellar and across all winemaking operations and continues to leverage her expertise to help wineries become climate action champions. 

Thanks for all you do!
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Last week we had a great climate smart burn and alternatives demonstration @gloriaferrerwinery where attendees learned techniques for a conservation/low-smoke burn with demonstrations from @thecleanburncompany and @napa.char. 

Additionally, speakers from @naparcd and Treasury Wine Estates presented the results from a recent vineyard biochar application research project. 

Learn more on our website.
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Have you met Sierra, our Climate & Soil Specialist? Sierra works tirelessly to advance climate resiliency in the Napa Valley by collaborating with growers to realize their climate action aspirations. 

Say hi to @growresiliently next time you see her in the field. Thanks for all that you do, Sierra!
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On average 40-60% of a vineyard and winery’s carbon footprint is from packaging and distribution alone. Join us to explore climate smart, sustainable glass, closures, the future of reusable glass, alternative packaging. Hear case studies. Learn what is truly recyclable, and new opportunities to recycle film wrap and label backing. Since 2020, climate smart marketed CPG products have doubled in sales to $3.4 billion. Wine bottles and packaging can be leveraged to meet rising consumer demand for climate smart products.

Get tickets to this workshop @pineridgewine to hear from @napagreen @consciouscontainer @revinobottles @keystonecapsules @cork_supply @neotempowines @estal_packaging @uppervalleydisposal @naparecycling and more!
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You may have seen Megan, our Winery Program Manager, out and about sporting her @napagreen shirt and talking about green practices. Utilizing her background in hospitality, sustainability and engineering she is dedicated in guiding businesses toward a more sustainable future. 

Thanks for all you do @love.dream.breathe!
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Join us for All Things Bottle Sustainability on Friday, April 26th. Link in bio to register!
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Cheers to @abrittain! Anna has worked locally, nationally and internationally on environmental management, including leading @napagreen and @naparise to the forefront of the wine industry climate action movement. 

Keep an eye out for her with our unofficial mascot, Lily, sharing our best practices, facilitating action and growing resilience in our industry and community. 

Thank you for all you do!
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