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ABOUT CALIFORNIA GREEN MEDAL SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Now in its eighth year, the California Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards provide recognition to vineyards and wineries who are leaders in implementing the Three E’s of sustainability (environment, economic and social equity). The Green Medal awards inspire others in the industry and highlight 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.

Recognizing California vineyards and 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.

 

 

PRESENTED BY

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and several other organizations dedicated to sustainable winegrowing — California Association of Winegrape Growers, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Green, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers, Vineyard Team and Wine Institute — have teamed up again for the 2022 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards program.

ELIGIBILITY

  • All applicants must be a California vineyard and/or winery
  • All applicants must have participated in a California sustainability program within the past three years (e.g. California Green Business Program, Certified B Corp, 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 three years. 
  • Previous winners must wait three years to reapply and are encouraged to apply in other award categories

RECOGNITION OF 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 recognized at an awards ceremony
  • 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 full-page Wine Business Monthly ad
  • Be featured in video of award winners and receive a copy for your own use
  • Be featured through a variety of media opportunities and at various tasting and sustainable winegrowing educational events

JUDGING PANEL FOR 2022 AWARDS

Karen Block, PhD, Director of Development and Energy, UC Davis 
Stephanie Bolton, PhD, Research and Education Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission
Anna Brittain, Executive Director, Napa Green
Danielle D’Amour, Sustainability and Education Manager, Sonoma Winegrape Commission
Lisa Francioni-Hai, Program Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
Frances Knapczyk, Program Director, Napa Resource Conservation District
Cyril Penn, Editor in Chief, Wine Business Monthly
Phil Markert, Director of Liquor, Alberton’s, Vons and Pavilions. 
Sandra Taylor, CEO and President, Sustainable Business International LLC
Beth Vukmanic, Executive Director, Vineyard Team
Natalie Wymer, Vice President of Communications, Wine Institute