NAPA GREEN NEWS

This giving season please support the passionate work of the Napa Green team. Being a nonprofit means constant fundraising. Our small but mighty four-person team depends on donations and grants for more than 50% of our budget. We are happy to have joined the Give!Guide this year. Even if you can only give $10 that instantly becomes $20 thanks to matching donations from six of our leading Napa Green certified growers and Napa Climate NOW! Beyond giving, please help us to spread the word within your own networks. All donations are tax deductible!

These funds support our work with over 60 growers to improve soil health and vineyard resilience to drought & heat stress, enhance biodiversity, ensure their teams feel safe and cared for, and help them play a proactive role in fighting climate change by preventing emissions and air pollution aboveground, and storing more carbon in the soil belowground.

Your donations support our work with over 100 vintners to maximize water and energy efficiency, shift to environmentally conscious purchasing and distribution, engage and care for their teams, and systematically reduce emissions from making and delivering wine, while also improving the bottom line. 

We are so grateful for your support. The community that we have behind Napa Green contributes to all of our successes, like a $15,000 grant we were recently awarded from Patagonia. Sportago in St. Helena served as a bridge to that grant. So please reach out if you come across opportunities like these. 

Wishing you joyous, peaceful holidays full of love.

-Anna Brittain and the Napa Green Team

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Join Us for Climate-Smart Burning Demonstration Workshop

We’ve organized a demonstration of three climate-smart burn technologies THIS FRIDAY. The weather may not cooperate but if we are rained out we will reschedule to January 20 (we’ll send an update to registrants tomorrow). The day will begin with Raymond Baltar from the Sonoma Ecology Center explaining the method behind the conservation/low-smoke burn technique and biochar production and then demonstrating a burn, along with a flame-capped kiln. The Clean Burn Company will have an AirBurners BurnBoss processing other piles of vines, and also creating biochar.

When: December 9, from 9-1 pm (backup date Jan. 20). Lunch will be provided. You can RSVP and find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/459477057247

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Napa Green is Seeking a Part-Time Program Assistant

Do you want to help grow and support sustainability and climate action in the wine industry? Do you want to work with an amazing team of dedicated experts? Here is your chance! We are seeking a half-time Program Assistant with the flexibility to support general operations, but primarily focus on supporting Napa Green Winery certification. In this role you will work closely with the Winery Program Manager and our consulting Program Engineer to help facilitate the Winery certification and re-certification processes. This will include interfacing with winemakers, cellar managers, and operations directors to help guide them through the certification process. The most important skillset is exceptional organization.

If interested, please read the full job description . Cover letter and CV/resume should be sent to CEO Anna Brittain, anna@napagreen.org.

Apply for the 2023 Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Award

Has your vineyard and winery been making notable and measurable strides in sustainability and climate action? Then you should apply for the Green Medal award. Vineyards and wineries that participate in a sustainability program in California are eligible to apply in four award categories, recognizing outstanding achievement in sustainability: Leadership Award; Environment Award, Community Award, and Business Award. At least one Napa Green member has been recognized with an award every year, including the 2022 winner of the Environment Award, Trefethen Family Vineyards.

 

Start your application here: https://www.greenmedal.org/apply-about/ Application Deadline: January 20, 2023

The Robert Alexander Scott Scholarship for Educational Advancement

This new scholarship benefits current vineyard or winery workers, their children and spouses/partners studying for a certificate and/or an associate degree in viticulture and/or enology at Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Allan Hancock College, Cuesta College, Walla Walla Community College or Umpqua Community College. The scholarship is geared toward individuals seeking skills that will allow them to advance above entry-level positions in viticulture and enology. Previous recipients of the scholarship are eligible to reapply in subsequent years while working to complete their certificate and/or associate degree.

Award Amount: $6,000-$10,000 per year. Read the full application guidelines here. The deadline for submission is March 6, 2023.

Donate to Napa Green, Double Your $$ Impact, and Get a Tax Deduction

Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated, and immediately doubles in value! The first $3,500 that is donated is being matched by generous donations from six leading growers – among the first to achieve the new Napa Green Vineyard certification. Huge thanks to Spottswoode Estate, Dominus Estate, Clif Family Winery, Sequoia Grove Winery, Rutherford Hill Winery, Chimney Rock, as well as Napa Climate NOW!, all partners in regional climate action.

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.