About us

NAPA GREEN MISSION

Napa Green serves as a catalyst and facilitator to grow certified sustainable, responsible businesses committed to environmental stewardship and climate action in Napa County.

NAPA GREEN GOALS

To engage with strategic economic sectors to promote and facilitate integration of conscientious, green business standards and a commitment to continuing improvement. These rigorous practice- and performance-based sustainability standards, customized for each business sector, are independently validated by third-party certifiers.

To play a pivotal role in achieving county climate action and emissions reduction goals.

To provide meaningful feedback on sustainability performance and serve as an educator and convener to inspire the community and marketplace with the benefits and achievements of responsible green businesses.

To stand as a leader exemplifying that sustainability elevates health, quality and experience for employees, customers and community, now and in the future.

NAPA GREEN VALUES

Leadership, Stewardship, Authenticity, Collaboration, Impact, Resilience, Regeneration

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PORTO PROTOCOL

Napa Green supports the The Porto Protocol on its principles to mitigate climate change effects. With this communication, we express our intent to implement those principles. We are committed to making The Porto Protocol and its principles part of the
strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company, and to engaging in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of The Porto Protocol, particularly in sharing with others our good practices and results obtained with the implementation of solutions and actions that we have taken to mitigate the total impact of our activity on the environment.

COMMITMENT TO RACIAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

At Napa Green we pledge to continuously examine and deepen our understanding of power imbalances and social biases in our everyday world.

We commit to take action whenever possible to build a more just community, and partner with individuals and organizations that share this commitment. We seek to be a visible ally and take public positions not only on social inequities and injustices within our industry and community, but also within the broader social justice movement.

1% FOR THE PLANET

Napa Green is a nonprofit partner with 1% for the Planet, an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. 1% for the Planet approved nonprofit partners are carefully vetted environmental organizations that are eligible to receive funding from their members. 

Businesses and individuals can support Napa Green and other non-profits dedicated to addressing issues surrounding climate, food, land, pollution, water, and wildlife through 1% for the Planet.

NAPA GREEN TEAM

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ANNA BRITTAIN | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Anna has worked locally, nationally and internationally on environmental management and policy with organizations ranging from the environmental economics think tank Resources for the Future in Washington, DC to the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has spent a decade facilitating and growing sustainability in the wine industry, with an expertise in communications and certification standards. Anna has served as a lead sustainability consultant with Ontario Craft Wineries, Sustainable Winegrowing British Columbia, Crimson Wine Group, the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, and individual wineries including Benziger Family Winery and Seghesio Family Vineyards. She has helped lead the growth of the Napa Green program for over six years, and stepped into the position of Executive Director of the now independent non-profit in fall 2019. Anna has a Master’s of Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Williams College.
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MEGAN SCOTT | Sustainability Program Specialist

Megan started her sustainability journey working at The Last Resort, an environmental model of sustainable living, whose mission is to discover and perfect sustainable environmental solutions for waste management, water reuse, and food security. From there, she studied Engineering and worked in the Hospitality Industry for over 20 years, streamlining operations and working to reduce waste and improve profitability. Megan has demonstrated her ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship by professionally facilitating sustainability conversations in the international hospitality industry through blogs, public speaking presentations, trainings and webinars featuring green business practices. Megan is dedicated in guiding businesses toward a more sustainable future. She holds an MBA, Sustainable Business Enterprises from Dominican University, and a BS in Marketing as well as a BS in Management from Sonoma State University.
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Ben Mackie | Climate & Soil Specialist

For the past 15 years, Ben has been designing and implementing regenerative farming systems in a variety of ecosystems. A New Englander by birth, Ben fell in love with agriculture in the verdant fields of northern California in high school. Ever since, Ben has been managing farms, improving soils, and educating the next crop of environmental stewards with a holistic view of farming with natural systems. No stranger to Napa, he previously lived on Mt Veeder, where he fell in love with the oak and madrone woodlands and made friends with the local ravens. When Ben is not helping Napa’s vineyards adopt 21st century practices, he is spending time with his impressive wife and two wild children in the woods and on the water. Ben currently occupies Nisenan Territory and is a proud alumnus of Sterling College in Northeast Vermont, where he received a BA in Sustainable Agriculture.

Bill Bennett | Project Engineer, Napa Green Winery Program

Bill Bennett is trained and licensed as a Civil Engineer, and draws on decades of experience with commercial and industrial resource use to help Napa County wineries understand, manage, and reduce energy and water use. Beginning in 2016, Bill led the design and facilitation of “Integrated Resource Audits” for wineries seeking Napa Green Winery certification or recertification. These one-stop, user friendly energy, water and waste evaluations baseline and track resource efficiency over time and provide targeted recommendations for both cost and resource savings. With more than 160 reviews to date, Bill has developed a broad portfolio of operational guidance and recommendations which have helped Napa Green wineries save more than $4 million in energy costs and over 27 million gallons of water (as of July 2021).

Prior to joining Napa Green, Bill was a key team member at Sustainable Napa County (SNC) where he designed and implemented a county-wide energy efficiency program for commercial customers of PG&E (Napa County Energy Watch). Prior to SNC, Bill was the Resident Engineer for the Anheuser-Busch InBev Fairfield brewery, where he led successful and innovative energy efficiency changes at this $500 million facility including 1 MW of ground mount tracking solar, 1.5 MW wind turbine, anaerobic digestion, upgrades and automation of compressed air, boilers, and ammonia refrigeration systems, making it a beacon for energy conservation in an industry, with production issues very similar to those of the winemaking community.

NAPA GREEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HAILEY TREFETHEN | Interim Board President

Viticulture & Winemaking Operations, Trefethen Family Vineyards

Michelle Novi | Board Secretary

Industry Relations and Regulatory Affairs Director, Napa Valley Vintners

Chris Benz | Board Treasurer

Napa Climate NOW! and Sierra Club Napa Group

Joel Quigley

President, Creative Furnace LLC

Linsey Gallagher

President & CEO, Visit Napa Valley

Gregory Brun

Owner, Napa Valley Wine Train

Rob Anglin

Attorney, Holman Teague Roche Anglin, LLP

Howard Siegel

Retired, former Director of Napa County’s Community and Intergovernmental Affairs Division

Gustavo Aviña

Viticulture Director, Pine Ridge Vineyards

Jaime Araujo

Partner, Accendo Cellars & Proprietress, Trois Noix

NAPA GREEN sustainability advisors

John Garn

President, ViewCraft 

Frances Knapczyk

Program Director, Napa County Resource Conservation District

Martin Reyes

Master of Wine and Founder, Reyes Wine Group & Wine Unify

Jeri Hansen

Principal, Jeri Hansen Company

Miguel Garcia

Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager, Napa County Resource Conservation District