Napa Valley Vintners, the nonprofit trade association of more than 300 Napa Valley wineries, has launched Napa Green Certified Winery, a comprehensive program to help reduce the carbon footprint and institute a set of green business practices for winery production facilities in Napa County.
After a successful pilot program in 2007, NGCW is now open to all wineries in Napa County, building on the region’s reputation for leadership in forward-thinking environmental programs.
According to the St. Helena Star, the program is a Napa County-specific set of sustainable and green business practices unique to wineries, which uses the Association of Bay Area Governments’ Green Winery checklist as the certification method for NGCW because it is a consistent, credible and recognized program with a long track record.
NGCW, among other criteria, addresses water conservation, energy conservation, pollution prevention, and solid waste reduction elements.
Certification through the Napa County Department of Environmental Management and the ABAG Green Business program results in a winery becoming a Napa Green Certified Winery. Wineries must maintain regulatory compliance to retain NGCW status, and recertification is required every three years.