NAPA GREEN NEWS

My goodness, what a year. I know that 2021 won’t make all of our challenges disappear, but I hope that by next summer we’ll be able to once again plan events, travel, and connect face to face. Zoom and I have become too closely acquainted.

Despite the pandemic and fires Napa Green has accomplished a lot this year. At the start of the year we became an independent nonprofit! In 2020, Napa Green certified 10 new Napa Green Wineries, with another 10 in process, and re-certified 20 of our member wineries. We launched the Napa Green Tasting Passport & Travel Package. We have been working incredibly hard to redesign our Napa Green Vineyard standards to become a cutting edge certification focused on climate action, regenerative farming, and social equity, justice and inclusion. We will launch these next level standards in February 2021!

As with so many of you, we have faced some significant challenges, including a 30 percent budget cut. I have been reticent to extend a call for support because I know how deeply challenging this year has been for our industry and community. As Napa Green tries to do ever more to advance environmental stewardship and climate action we are letting the community know that we do need support. We have created a Donations page, and we are also members of 1% for the Planet. While we know many cannot support us financially if you have anyone in your network you think may be interested in this opportunity please spread the word.

We are so grateful for the support and commitment of our members – THANK YOU for being a part of the Napa Green community. I also want to extend huge thanks to Program Assistant Megan Scott and engineer Bill Bennett for all of their hard work on behalf of Napa Green and our members. We could not do this work without our community sponsors and partners. In particular, I want to thank the Napa Valley Vintners for continuing to be a core proponent and supporter of Napa Green, along with Marin Clean Energy, Napa Recycling & Waste Services, Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling, Amorim Cork America, Global Package, and the Napa County Resource Conservation District.

Finally, I want to thank our Napa Green Board, a group of truly dedicated individuals who have put in extra time over this first year establishing the Napa Green nonprofit. I close this year in gratitude and appreciation. Have safe, peaceful and green holidays.

Sincerely, 
 
Anna Brittain, Executive Director, Napa Green
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Napa Green Executive Director Recognized as Most Intriguing

We are excited to share that Executive Director Anna Brittain was recognized by Napa Valley Life Magazine in their 2020 issue of the Most Intriguing people in Napa County. Anna was recognized as an Intriguing Community Environmentalist. Anna shares, “As someone who grew up in the Napa Valley it is really an honor to be named one of Napa County’s Most Intriguing people by Napa Valley Life Magazine. My work is my passion and it means so much to have that recognized.”

You can read the full digital issue and learn more about all 22 intriguing community members online.

Register for Our Green Packaging and Purchasing Webinar

As you know, being a Napa Green Certified Winery means committing to more than 100 resource efficiency and stewardship practices, including Green Purchasing & Supply Chain and Climate Action. We get regular questions about recommended alternatives to Styrofoam and where to purchase green office and cleaning products. We also get questions about whether cork is sustainable and how to recycle natural cork. And there has also been more and more recognition and discussion about how the size and weight of glass bottles contributes to a winery’s carbon footprint.

On Tuesday, January 12 we have organized a wonderful group of speakers and member testimonials who will cover all of these topics, and more, in our Green Packaging and Purchasing Webinar.

When: Tuesday, January 12 from 9:30-11 am, with plenty of time for Q&A

Where: Zoom Webinar

LEARN MORE and WATCH here.

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Lighten Up! – The Benefits of Greener Glass and Packaging

Packaging plays an important role in customer perception. We are hearing more and more stories from Napa Green members about the benefits of greener packaging AND customers giving kudos for eliminating Styrofoam and lightening packages.
 

Read our latest Champion Story with stories from Tres Sabores, Chateau Montelena, Benziger and Jackson Family.

Seriously?! A Ton of Cork Is Tied To 73 Tons of Carbon Storage

Cork is an endlessly regenerating resource. Because of the value of cork and the time between harvests cork farmers are careful stewards. What I didn’t know was the incredible biodiversity of cork forest ecosystems – one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots! And what made our jaws drop was just how much carbon they sequester. During the Green Packaging and Purchasing webinar, PJ Awe, Sales and Creative Director with Amorim Cork America, will cover the range of carbon sequestration benefits in different qualities of cork.

Learn more in this fabulous short film from Amorim Cork:

Napa Green Sponsors

Napa Green is grateful to our sponsors, who help fund our expanding operations and programs. If you are interested in becoming a Napa Green Sponsor please reach out to Napa Green Executive Director, Anna Brittain.

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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