Announcing the 2018 Green Medal Awards Program
Green Medal Inspires
Now in its fourth year, the California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards provides recognition to vineyards and wineries who are leaders in implementing the 3 E’s of sustainability (environment, economic and social equity). The Green Medal inspires others in the industry and highlights the benefits of participating in a sustainability program. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the amazing commitment many California growers and vintners have made to protecting the environment and enhancing the communities in which they live and work.
Applications for the 2018 Green Medal are now closed.
RECOGNIZING CALIFORNIA VINEYARDS & WINERIES EXCELLING IN SUSTAINABILITY WITH FOUR AWARDS:
- All applicants must be a California vineyard and/or winery.
- All applicants must have participated in a California sustainability program within the past 3 years (e.g. California Green Business Program, California Sustainable Winegrowing Self-Assessment Program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, Fish Friendly Farming, LandSmart, Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing, Lodi Rules Self-Assessment, Napa Green, SIP Certified, SIP Certified Self-Assessment).
- Applicants are encouraged to focus on practices, projects or initiatives that have taken place in the past three years, with a particular emphasis on the past 12 months.
- Previous Green Medal winners should not apply within 5 years of winning an award.
The judging panel will consider the following criteria when scoring applications:
- Practices, project(s) and/or initiative(s) demonstrate outstanding achievement in each of the sustainable practice areas relevant to their award category
- Includes major accomplishments and measurable results
- Practices, project(s) and/or initiative(s) are innovative and/or unique
- Clearly articulates why they are deserving of the award and what sets them apart from others
- Certified to a third-party sustainable winegrowing certification program receives bonus points
- Provides compelling supporting documentation (see full list of examples on application)
- Promotes public awareness of the merits of using sustainability practices through far-reaches platforms
- Demonstrates Excellence in Award Category:
- Environment Award: Demonstrates maximized environmental benefits
- Community Award: Enhances relations with employees, neighbors and/or communities
- Business Award: Demonstrates efficiencies and cost savings
- Leader Award: Balances multiple objectives of environmental, economic and social goals, and sustainability is clearly integrated into the overall business
RECOGNITION FOR AWARD WINNERS
In addition to being recognized as a sustainability leader in the California wine industry, award winners will:
- Receive a green medal award and certificate
- Be honored at an awards ceremony in April 2018 in Sacramento
- Receive full access to award logo to include in marketing efforts
- Be listed on presenting organizations websites and featured in award communications (widely distributed press releases, e-newsletters, social media, etc.)
- Be featured in a Wine Business Monthly ad
- Be featured in video of award winners and receive a copy for your own use, depending on sufficient sponsorship
- Receive recognition at Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2018 forum at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley in May 2018.
Judging Panel for 2018 Awards
- Stephanie Bolton, Sustainable Winegrowing Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission
- David Glancy, Master Sommelier, San Francisco Wine School
- Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
- Ray Johnson, Executive Director, Wine Business Institute, Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics
- Kelli McCune, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Conservation
- Michelle Novi, Industry Relations Manager, Napa Valley Vintners
- Cyril Penn, Editor in Chief, Wine Business Monthly
- Kate Piontek, Vice President of Operations, Sonoma County
- Beth Vukmanic Lopez, SIP Certification Manager, The Vineyard Team
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING?
Sustainable winegrowing is a comprehensive set of practices that are environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable. Sustainable winegrowing is being used by winegrape growers and vintners throughout California to grow and make high quality grapes and wine. These sustainable vineyard and winery practices conserve water and energy, maintain healthy soil, protect air and water quality, enhance relations with employees and communities, preserve local ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and improve the economic vitality of vineyards and wineries.
Fish Friendly Farming | Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association | Napa County Resource Conservation District | Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance | San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association | Santa Barbara Vintners | Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance
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