NAPA GREEN NEWS

Good morning,

Last July, Martin Reyes, MW and I pulled together a collective of community leaders and we have been working incredibly hard to organize an impactful series of events called Napa THRIVES. This unique and action-oriented six-day symposium is spread over three weeks and is designed to accelerate sustainability and climate action in the wine industry. We very much hope you’ll join us, because without you hearing these inspiring ideas, identifying opportunities, and accessing new tools we can’t create the scale and pace of change that we are working so hard to facilitate.

If not here, where? If not now, when? This is a changemaking convening to enable the Napa County wine industry to play an increasingly active role in building social equity, conserving natural resources, reducing and drawing down GHG emissions and creating more resilient vineyards, businesses and communities. Our region and wines capture global attention, meaning our leadership can be an outsized force for change. 

The events are organized around the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership, and each event day is outlined below. We have assembled:

  • 65+ Industry Leader and Expert Speakers
  • Eight Marquee Speakers
  • Six Industry Mentors
  • Six Leading Moderators
  • 12 Morning Workshop Options (Onsite OR Offsite)
  • 35+ Sustainable Services & Tools vetted vendors
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June 9: Energy Savings & Efficiency

Morning Workshop Options:

  • Offsite: MAXIMIZING EFFICIENCY BEFORE INSTALLING SOLAR & EV
    • Mentor: Juan Moreno, Facility Manager at Rutherford Hill Winery
  • Onsite: INSTALLING EV CHARGERS – HOW TO, COSTS, AND REBATES

Marquee Speaker:

  • BILL MCKIBBEN, Co-founder 350.org. Latest Book: The Flag, The Cross, and the Station Wagon

Panel Topic:

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • Moderator: Taylor Kate Brown, Newsletter Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

June 14: Waste Prevention & Green Purchasing

Morning Workshop Options:

  • Offsite: GOING TRUE ZERO WASTE
    • Mentor: Molly Sheppard, Educational Winemaker, Spottswoode Estates
  • Onsite: LIGHTEN UP & SHIP GREEN

Marquee Speaker:

  • KAYALIN AKENS-IRBY, Chief of Staff at Planet FWD

Panel Topic:

THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF PACKAGING & DISTRIBUTION

  • Moderator: Andrea Robinson, Master Sommelier

June 15: Integrated Pest Management & Pesticide Phaseout

Morning Workshop Options:

  • Offsite: GOING ROUNDUP FREE
    • Mentor: Erik Dodd, Vineyard Manager, Wight Vineyard Management
  • Onsite: INTEGRATING NATURE & BIODIVERSITY

Marquee Speaker:

  • KELLY MULVILLE, Vineyard Director at Paicines Ranch

Panel Topic:

SOIL HEALTH, GROWING RESILIENCE, AND THE ECONOMICS OF ORGANIC

  • Moderator: Katherine Cole, Wine Writer & The Four Top podcast

June 21: Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Morning Workshop Options:

  • Offsite: HOW TO GROW DIVERSITY & SOCIAL IMPACT
    • Mentor: Philana Bouvier, President, Demeine Estates
  • Onsite: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY

Marquee Speaker:

  • NIKKI SILVESTRI, Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow

Panel Topic:

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN THE VINEYARD & FRONT OF HOUSE

  • Moderator: Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Wine Writer, Educator, and Consultant

June 23: Climate Action & Regenerative Agriculture

Morning Workshop Options:

  • Offsite: REGENERATIVE CARBON FARMING & BUILDING SOIL HEALTH
    • Mentor: Jim Duane, Winemaker, Seavey Vineyard
  • Onsite: GHG INVENTORIES AND HOW TO TACKLE SCOPE 3

Marquee Speakers in Conversation:

  • KIMBERLY NICHOLAS, Sustainability Scientist, Lund University, and Author, Under the Sky We Make
  • JONATHAN FOLEY, Executive Director, Project Drawdown
  •  BIRGIT CAMERON, Co-Founder and Head of Patagonia Provisions

Panel Topic:

PROACTIVE CLIMATE ACTION LEADERSHIP & THE FUTURE OF FINANCE

  • Moderator: Peter Marks, MW, Napa Valley Wine Academy

Follow Napa THRIVES on Social Media

Napa THRIVES Sponsors

Huge Thank You to our Lead Event Sponsors who have recognized the value of this work:

Thank you to the generous donations of the Friends of Napa THRIVES:

Economic benefits & ROI of workshops: In a time of changing consumer trends, we want you think of us as extended members of your team. We are here to help share information of ways to not only increase your sustainability but also share with you how these things bring with them ROI, decrease in cost, consumer approval & many other economic benefits. 

Join us at our All Things Bottle Sustainability Workshop to hear from our panel of experts. Registration is $20 and the link can be found in our profile. Cheers!
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📣 Don’t miss these events! 

April 26th - All Things Bottle Sustainability, Pine Ridge Vineyards, 9:00am.

May 23rd - The Future of Water Workshop, 9:00am. 

On April 26 we have 12+ speakers covering all aspects of climate smart glass and packaging. Digging in on the truly most sustainable recyclable/compostable/reusable options, with some product show and tell. 

On May 23 we have keynotes from two incredible speakers and internationally renowned experts: Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute and author of The Three Ages of Water, and Mimi Casteel, vineyard manager at Hope Well Wine and forest ecologist. 

Register now!
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Join us for a dinner that brilliantly combines luxury and sustainability with Vintner Kia Behnia, acclaimed Chef Dave Cruz and The Wine Bible Author, Karen MacNeil! 

This event will help Napa Green raise much needed funding to keep our non profit thriving. For more info head to the link in our bio or email social@napagreen.org!
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We invite you join us at a very special wine dinner with @karenmacneilco, Chef Dave Cruz and @neotempowines to raise funds for climate action in the wine industry. 

For further details please go to the link in our profile or email social@napagreen.org. 

We hope to see you there. Cheers!
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Happy Earth Month! While our members celebrate the Earth every day of the year, this month is a great time to showcase those sustainability practices and tell consumers what you do to be green! Be sure to tag @napagreen in your posts, join us @earthdaynapa, and reach out for more ways to get involved!
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Meghan brings her passion for wine and sustainability together in her role as @napagreen’s social media manager. She is both a Vintner and Certified Sommelier and helps our members share their sustainability stories, emphasizing how caring for nature and community elevates both quality and guest experience. 

Thanks for your unwavering passion and dedication @mvino1!
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Join the @napagreen team this earth month at events around the valley at @cliffamily @earthdaynapa @silveroakcellars and more.

We look forward to talking (and drinking) sustainability with you!
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Say hi to @marisataylorwines, our Winery & Climate Specialist. Marisa has supported sustainable farming and green practices from vineyard to cellar and across all winemaking operations and continues to leverage her expertise to help wineries become climate action champions. 

Thanks for all you do!
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Last week we had a great climate smart burn and alternatives demonstration @gloriaferrerwinery where attendees learned techniques for a conservation/low-smoke burn with demonstrations from @thecleanburncompany and @napa.char. 

Additionally, speakers from @naparcd and Treasury Wine Estates presented the results from a recent vineyard biochar application research project. 

Learn more on our website.
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Have you met Sierra, our Climate & Soil Specialist? Sierra works tirelessly to advance climate resiliency in the Napa Valley by collaborating with growers to realize their climate action aspirations. 

Say hi to @growresiliently next time you see her in the field. Thanks for all that you do, Sierra!
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On average 40-60% of a vineyard and winery’s carbon footprint is from packaging and distribution alone. Join us to explore climate smart, sustainable glass, closures, the future of reusable glass, alternative packaging. Hear case studies. Learn what is truly recyclable, and new opportunities to recycle film wrap and label backing. Since 2020, climate smart marketed CPG products have doubled in sales to $3.4 billion. Wine bottles and packaging can be leveraged to meet rising consumer demand for climate smart products.

Get tickets to this workshop @pineridgewine to hear from @napagreen @consciouscontainer @revinobottles @keystonecapsules @cork_supply @neotempowines @estal_packaging @uppervalleydisposal @naparecycling and more!
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You may have seen Megan, our Winery Program Manager, out and about sporting her @napagreen shirt and talking about green practices. Utilizing her background in hospitality, sustainability and engineering she is dedicated in guiding businesses toward a more sustainable future. 

Thanks for all you do @love.dream.breathe!
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Join us for All Things Bottle Sustainability on Friday, April 26th. Link in bio to register!
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Cheers to @abrittain! Anna has worked locally, nationally and internationally on environmental management, including leading @napagreen and @naparise to the forefront of the wine industry climate action movement. 

Keep an eye out for her with our unofficial mascot, Lily, sharing our best practices, facilitating action and growing resilience in our industry and community. 

Thank you for all you do!
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