SAVING ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

EVENT SPONSOR: Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Thank you to our exclusive event sponsor, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits! Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol and a leader in corporate social responsibility. Their 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Report showcases Southern Glazer’s role in supporting the Heart of Hospitality on a national and local level through charitable initiatives, programs that uplift underrepresented communities, and an evolving commitment to environmental sustainability.

MENTORSHIP IN ACTION:
MAXIMIZING EFFICIENCY BEFORE INSTALLING SOLAR & EV

Join Juan Moreno, Jr., Facility Manager at Rutherford Hill Winery, as he begins working with another winery operations leader seeking to maximize energy efficiency. Building off of that foundation (don’t “solarize” your inefficiencies!), they’ll then touch on installing and maintaining a solar array, and ultimately leveraging renewables to power EV charging. This small workshop will give you a chance to join in and learn from the start of that transition conversation. To pique your interest here is a feature that shares more about a winery leader in energy efficiency.

Mentor and Mentees

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Juan Moreno, Jr. | Facility Manager at Rutherford Hill Winery

For over three decades in the wine industry, Juan Moreno Jr. has dedicated himself to excellence in his work and respect for the land—from the cellar to overall facility management.  A natural leader, Juan is skilled in all aspects of winery operations from budgeting to project management. His interest and expertise in sustainable practices helped Rutherford Hill Winery gain certification in the Napa Green Program and he plays an active role in conserving natural resources. 

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Rachel Preeg | Enologist at Round Pond Estate Winery

Rachel holds her Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and has worked as a winemaking intern, lab technician and enologist in Australia and California wine country.
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WORKSHOP: INSTALLING EV CHARGERS – HOW TO, COSTS, AND REBATES

Join Brett Wiley, Customer Programs Manager with Marin Clean Energy (MCE), who will share available rebates for EV chargers and their installation. Mike Miyaki, an Access Specialist, will share how to navigate the County ADA requirements, and Daniel Grosbach from COIL, Inc, an EV installer, will share the installation requirements and process. Hailey Trefethen, Viticulture & Winemaking Operations at Trefethen Family Vineyards, will share her on the ground experience of County permitting, how they addressed the ADA requirements, and taking advantage of MCE rebates for installation.

Expert PANELISTS

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Brett Wiley | Customer Programs Manager at Marin Clean Energy (MCE)

Brett manages MCE’s electric transportation programs and serves as the Agency’s subject matter expert on that topic. He currently manages programs and a growing team focused on expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, ensuring low-income residents can own & access EVs, demonstrating how EVs with managed charging benefit MCE customers and our grid, and a fleet electrification pilot supporting their municipalities, schools, transit authorities, and small/medium businesses.

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Daniel Grosbach | Head Of Sales at COIL, Inc.

Daniel is a versatile, creative, and persistent sales professional with an excellent sense of urgency for immediate and quality results. He has proven effectiveness in both a fast-paced startup environment and large enterprises. He works in sales for COIL, a premier, full service electrical installer specializing in new energy installations. Prior to his work at COIL, he was an Account Executive at Crexi. He earned a Bachelors in English Language and Literature/Letters from the University of Delaware.

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Hailey Trefethen | Viticulture & Winemaking Operations at Trefethen Family Vineyards

With a curious palate, a nose for detail, and a deep appreciation of tradition, Hailey Trefethen is a passionate steward of the Trefethen legacy. Often the voice of the family within the company, the well-being of our employees and the state of the estate are foremost in her mind. She also handles all of their sustainability certifications for both the vineyard and the winery. In addition to a stint on the board of the California Wine Institute, Hailey was one of the youngest members ever elected to serve on the Napa Valley Vintners’ Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Marketing & Communications Committee as well as serving as the Napa Green Board Chair. 

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Mike Miyaki | ADA Access Specialist 

Mike Miyaki has been providing accessibility services since 2010.  He has knowledge in the complexity of the various access standards including the California Building Code (CBC), ADA and Fair Housing Act.  He has advised consumers, business owners, architects, attorneys and State and Local Government agencies, with a wide range of services which include site inspections, plan check reviews, and expert services.  He also had a unique experience with assisting a disabled individual on a daily basis, working with Kim Blackseth, a pioneer in the disabled access community.

EXPERT PANEL: THE BOTTOM LINE

When you maximize your energy efficiency you both slash the GHG emissions associated with your operation AND you slash your monthly energy bill and bottom line. There are examples where a winery making 25,000 cases of wine was spending $2/case on electricity, and another winery of exactly the same size was spending $6/case. That’s a difference of $100,000 a year in electricity costs to make the same amount of wine! Bill Bennett, Program Engineer with Napa Green, will share his insights on how to save energy based on more than 175 winery Resource Audits and over 30 years in the beverage industry. Matthew Crafton, Winemaker & Environmental Manager with Chateau Montelena Winery, will share some of the creative ways they have captured “waste” heat and use to heat water, used cutting edge fans to minimize AC use in the tasting room, and even installed LED chandeliers. Jason Nelson , Commercial Development Manager at American Solar, will discuss considerations for solar installation and current hot topic: battery energy storage. Cindy Leonard, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Fine Wine at Southern Glazer’s will share the supply chain perspective, including a new partnership to improve fleet efficiency.

Expert PANELISTS

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Taylor Kate Brown | Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle

Taylor Kate Brown is an independent reporter and editor with a decade of experience at online news outlets like the San Francisco Chronicle and BBC News. She has a knack for explaining complex systems and turning deep research into engaging stories. As the founder of Reusable Media, she reports stories on efforts to slow climate change, writes a weekly dispatch on local climate action and develops resources that readers can use in their own communities.

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Bill Bennett | Winery Program Engineer at  Napa Green

Bill Bennett is the Napa Green Winery Project Engineer. He is a 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).

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Matthew Crafton | Winemaker & Environmental Manager at Chateau Montelena Winery

Matt Crafton leads the production team as Winemaker at Chateau Montelena. He not only oversees all production and operations, but also plays a critical role in strategy, education, and technology at the winery.  Starting at the very bottom in the cellar, Matt internalized the words from his father, “Smart people in the world are a dime a dozen. All you can do is control how hard you work.” Years later, after methodically building his toolbelt in wineries and vineyards on the east coast, Napa and Sonoma, Matt was hired as Enologist at Montelena upon finishing his degree in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis in 2008. He was promoted to Winemaker in 2014.

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Charlie Gregg | Head Of Sales at American Solar Corporation

Charlie Gregg leads an experienced team providing high-quality physical and economic analysis of projects including loads, equipment configuration, PV output, battery energy storage systems, duration, resilience, and environmental benefits.

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Cindy Leonard | Executive Vice President & General Manager, Fine Wine at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Cindy Leonard leads the SGWS Fine Wines Divisions as Executive Vice President, General Manager of Fine Wines. Prior to this promotion, Cindy served as SVP Supplier Management and Business Development (SMBD) team leading the SMBD team. Cindy earned her BA Degree from Arizona State University. She also holds her Court of Master Sommeliers, Level One Certification and a Wine & Spirit Education Trust 2 Certification. Cindy also graduated from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Emerging Leaders Program in 2018.

She serves on the WSWA Communications, Federal Affairs, Talent & Diversity Councils. She is an active mentor in the SGWS Exceptional Leaders Program for future leaders. 

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MARQUEE SPEAKER: BILL MCKIBBEN

Bill McKibben helped found 350.org, the first global grassroots climate campaign, which has organized protests on every continent, including Antarctica, for climate action. He is also the founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice.

His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in the Swedish Parliament. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers.
 

Sustainable Services & Tools sponsors

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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits | Cindy Leonard & Stephen Von Oehsen

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol and a leader in corporate social responsibility.

Their 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Report showcases Southern Glazer’s role in supporting the Heart of Hospitality on a national and local level through charitable initiatives, programs that uplift underrepresented communities, and an evolving commitment to environmental sustainability.

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Marin Clean Energy (MCE) | Chris Kubik

MCE’s mission is to confront the climate crisis by eliminating fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, producing renewable energy, and creating equitable community benefits.

Why renewable? To help solve a critical issue that affects us all. Renewables come from constantly replenishing a virtually limitless supply of natural resources. Think sun, wind, bioenergy, small hydro, and geothermal heat. By turning to these sources instead of fossil fuels, we can help create a clean and secure energy future for California.

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American Solar Corporation | Charlie Gregg

Smart homeowners, businesses, and non-profits achieve massive energy cost savings with SUNPOWER solar panels from American Solar.

As the leading clean energy company in Northern California, they specialize in SUNPOWER solar systems, energy storage, estate scale battery backup and electric pool heating to fully satisfy your residential or commercial property. Their complete understanding of today’s technology combined with a holistic design approach and meticulous installation practices, deliver the highest value, essential system performance and superior aesthetics.

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Agrovin | Jason Rodriguez

AGROVIN is involved in R + D + i projects with the most important Wineries, Research Centers and Universities in the wine world. Fruit of this effort are different equipment designed to increase control of the process of winemaking and generate more added value to their customers.

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Napa Green | Megan Scott

Napa Green serves as a catalyst and facilitator to grow certified sustainable, responsible businesses committed to the environmental stewardship and climate action in Napa County. Our members stand as leaders exemplifying that sustainability and caring for nature and community elevates quality and experience for employees, customers and community, now and in the future.

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thank you to our sponsors and donors

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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