NAPA GREEN NEWS

Hello friends,

It took 15 months, but it is an exciting week as we are able to return to a new form of normalcy.

Here at Napa Green we are happy to be working with the first of our members transitioning to the redeveloped Napa Green Vineyard certification. We hosted a number of informational webinars on the new certification in April, and we will plan more in the fall and spring. I am also happy to meet one-on-one to answer questions and discuss in detail. When we rolled out the new program in March, we discovered that with COVID-19, fires, and related challenges many Napa Green email communications were overlooked (entirely understandable) and quite a few members were surprised and confused about the transition. This is a good learning lesson for us to communicate through multiple channels moving forward.

We shared a press release on the new program on June 2nd and I have spoken about the leadership of Napa Green members at more than a dozen webinars, seminars and conferences over the past few months. Below is a short three-minute video where I share more personally why I am so dedicated to this work and deeply believe it is critically important and meaningful.

I recognize that with the drought and demands moving into harvest many growers may not be able to turn their attention to the Napa Green Vineyard transition until the end of the year. We are here to roll up our sleeves and work with you whenever you are ready.

In great news, we have announced the job opening for a Climate & Soil Specialist. Please see the job description and encourage anyone you think may be a good fit to apply. We can’t wait to expand our team and have additional capacity to develop Carbon Farm Plans, conduct Irrigation Assessments, and provide on-the-ground implementation support for regenerative farming.

Together, we have accomplished so much, and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow Napa County’s leadership in sustainability and climate action.

Sincerely,

Anna Brittain
Executive Director
Napa Green

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Celebrating 18 Wineries Newly Certified and Recertified since Fall 2020

Napa Green Certified Wineries commit to >120 stewardship practices for water and energy efficiency, waste reduction, green purchasing, climate action, and social equity. The core steps of Napa Green Winery certification and recertification include completing/updating the certification standards checklist, receiving the “Integrated Resource Audit” (one-stop energy, water and waste assessment and recommendations), developing the Action Plan for continuing improvement, and completing the third-party verification review. We want to thank and celebrate all of these wineries for their hard work and dedication.

Newly Certified

Artesa Estate
RD Winery
Sloan Estate
Nickel & Nickel
Far Niente

Recertified

Conn Creek WinerySilenus Winery
Seavey Vineyard
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Cardinale Estate
The Prisoner Wine Company
Spottswoode Winery
Domaine Carneros
Sutter Home
Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards
Porter Family Vineyards
Wheeler Farms | Accendo Cellars
Castello di Amorosa

We have another five wineries actively working on certification, and 10 wineries in the process of recertification. Click here to get your Napa Green Certified Sign.

Financial Incentives for Drought Resilience | EV Charger Installation

NRCS EQIP Conservation Incentive Contracts: In response to historic drought conditions, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is offering $22,774,000 through a new EQIP option called Conservation Incentive Contracts (CIC). This funding will provide farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with financial assistance to implement conservation practices and enhancements.

Applicants must be a USDA customer and have farm records established with the USDA prior to application. Anyone interested should contact Evelyn Denzin, District Conservationist with NRCS as soon as possible. She will work with you on establishing records and completing the application process, with all applications due by July 12, 2021. Email: evelyn.denzin@usda.gov | Phone: 707-690-3126

Combined Rebates for EV Charger Installation: There are still funds available in Napa County through the CALeVIP Inland Counties Incentive Project offering rebates of $3500 per EV charging port. When combined with MCE EV Charger rebates ($3,000-3,500) these incentives can provide free chargers.

Eligible Sites: Commercial (public availability), Workplace (public or private parking facilities, but must be shared use parking spaces), Multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities, but must be shared use parking spaces), or Curbside charging.

Be a climate leader in Napa

Napa Climate NOW! Climate Advocacy Training | July 24

If you’ve been wanting to find a way to assist in the global fight for climate solutions, this training will give you the skills you need to talk about climate change in your community, generate action in our local government, and inspire action in others. You’ll meet climate scientists, local elected leaders, and some of your neighbors!

Attendance is free, but all participants who wish to join us must complete the application form. So sign up for our next session in July!

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.

Hear from Winery Program Manager @love.dream.breathe about Energy Efficiency & Savings, one of our pillars of sustainable winegrowing leadership
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We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated either space, time or proceeds of bottles/food sold to Napa Green during Earth Month! We are a small non-profit that greatly relies on donations of these kinds and we’re so grateful for our supportive community. 

Let’s hear it for: 

📍@trefethenfamily 
📍@pineridgewine 
📍@cliffamily 
📍@neotempowines
📖 @karenmacneilco
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Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion. Perhaps our most important pillar of our six pillars of sustainability leadership. 

Thank you for the beautiful description @growresiliently!
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Register now at the link in our profile! 💦

May 23, 2024
Silver Oak Winery, Oakville
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. 

Join us for The Future of Water, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts, and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.
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Join us for The Future of Water Workshop, to explore our water future, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts (all guests will receive a copy of Peter’s most recent book, The Three Ages of Water) and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.

Wine grape quality is closely tied to the right amount of water, at the right time. One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. We’ve swung from historic drought to atmospheric rivers. Our community has huge swaths of unmanaged, unhealthy forests full of non-natives and overrun by firs, amplifying fire risk and undermining one of the most critical systems for groundwater recharge.

The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. A watershed coalition has also formed in Napa County to pilot and model creek & forest restoration for localized water resiliency and climate cooling. 

Come learn more on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00am at @silveroakcellars.
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Sustainably sourced ingredients with Chef Sarah Heller 🌱 Purchase your tax deductible ticket to our Opus One x Napa Green dinner at the link in our profile!
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You’re invited.. 

Full details may be found at the link in our profile. Cheers!
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As we wrap up an amazing Earth Month, we want to thank you all for the support & for coming to see us at our events! 

Let’s keep the momentum going and remember that Earth Day is Every Day! 🌎
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Hear from @marisataylorwines about the importance of  water efficiency & savings and what we can all do to conserve this precious resource.
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Join us for a not to be missed dinner experience at @opusonewinery while supporting philanthropic efforts on behalf of climate action. 

An intimate group of 20 guests will be in attendance on the rotunda overlooking the estate vineyards. Chef Sarah Heller will prepare a four-course, locally-sourced dinner paired with Champagne Barons de Rothschild, Opalie de Château Coutet, and three vintages of Opus One wines. 

You will have the chance to share transformative conversations and form deep connections with industry leaders and change makers. 

Please find full invitation details at the link in our profile.
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Happy Earth Day Napa Valley! It’s an incredible joy to work with you all and see the forward progress being made all over this gorgeous place we call home. Thank you for caring, thank you for stepping up and thank you for making a difference!! 🌎💚
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Thanks to everyone who came out to @earthdaynapa and visited us at the @napagreen wine booth! 

 Cheers to @amici_cellars @cakebreadcellars @domainecarneros @handwrittenwines @robertmondavi and @whiterockvineyards for donating the certified sustainable wines to raise money for the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County and helping make it a great event!
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We’re pouring some stellar Napa Green wines tomorrow at @earthdaynapa to include: 

@cakebreadcellars, @domainecarneros, @whiterockvineyards, @handwrittenwines, @amici_cellars & @robertmondavi!

Come by the booth! 🍷🌎
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What you can do in the vineyard & what you can do at home! 🌼🦋

#happyearthday #earthmonth #sustainability #biodiversity #pollinators #herbicidefree #napa #napavalley #cheers
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Come on by to @cliffamily! 💚🍴
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Come get involved this Earth Month! 🌎🌱

🌷 Earth Day Napa - Saturday, April 20th 11am -4pm at Oxbow Commons

🌷All Things Bottle Sustainability Workshop - Friday, April 26th at @pineridgewine from 9am -12:30pm. Registration is $20

🌷 All Things Bottle Sustainability Dinner! Friday, April 26th at @neotempowines with Karen MacNeil & Chef Dave Cruz! 

Message us directly or head to the link in our bio for info!
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