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Announcing the 2017 Green Medal Awards Program

Applications are being accepted now through Friday, February 3 for the third annual Green Medal: Sustainable Wine growing Awards Program. (See full press release HERE)

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RECOGNIZING CALIFORNIA VINEYARDS & WINERIES EXCELLING IN SUSTAINABILITY WITH FOUR AWARDS:

Leader Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that best demonstrates the ability to balance the “3 E’s” of sustainability, (Environmentally sound, socially Equitable and Economically viable) and excels in each of these areas.

Environment Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship through maximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.

Community Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that is a Good Neighbor & Employer using the most innovative practices that enhance relations with employees, neighbors and/or communities.

Business Award. Honoring the vineyard and/or winery that best demonstrates Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices.

SPONSORED BY:

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PARTNERS:

El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association | Fish Friendly Farming | Mendocino County Resource Conservation District | Mendocino WineGrowers, Inc. | Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance | San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association | Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association | Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley

For more information on sponsorship or partnership opportunities, contact info@greenmedal.org

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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 2017 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
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Eligibility

  • 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, Sustainability In Practice Certification, Sustainability In Practice 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.
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Judging Panel for 2017 Awards

  • Stephanie Bolton, Sustainable Winegrowing Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission
  • David Glancy, Master Sommelier, San Francisco Wine School
  • Lindsey M. Higgins, Assistant Professor in the Agribusiness Department, Cal Poly State University
  • Karissa Kruse, President, Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
  • Michelle Novi, Industry Relations Manager, Napa Valley Vintners
  • Cyril Penn, Editor in Chief, Wine Business Monthly
  • Beth Vukmanic Lopez, SIP Certification Manager, The Vineyard Team
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Selection Criteria:

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
  • 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

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.