Given our current climate crisis Napa Green has a mission to increase its impact on climate action in Napa County and the broader wine industry. At the same time, many retailers and international markets are closely scrutinizing sustainability certifications and demanding more rigor. Consumers also want to know the depth of sustainability claims, with a particular interest in pesticide and herbicide use, climate action and social equity and responsibility.
The Napa Green Executive team and its Board of Directors have decided that Napa Green Land should evolve to a standalone climate action and environmental stewardship certification program. The standards of this next-level certification will be launched by the end of 2020.
Napa Green Land will continue to recognize growers with validated environmental compliance and certified Farm Plans through 2021. Growers participating in the next level of the Napa Green Land program will have an additional 1-2 growing seasons to implement the new standards.
All properties with more than 5 acres of vineyard are required to have a certified Farm Plan by July 2020 to be in compliance with the Regional Water Board’s vineyard Waste Discharge Requirements. There are additional water quality monitoring standards and the most streamlined and affordable way to achieve this added requirement is to join the group monitoring program with the Napa County Farm Bureau.
The California Land Stewardship Institute’s Fish Friendly Farming program and the Napa County Resource Conservation District’s LandSmart program are both recognized by the Water Board as facilitating regulatory compliance.