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Green Winery Pilot Program

Green Winery Pilot Program

* Davis Bynum and Benziger wineries have been selected by Cal/EPA to participate in the Environmental Management System pilot project. The program, established by Assembly Bill 1102 last year, is designed to determine if environmental management provides greater environmental protection and benefits than the current regulatory system.

An environmental management system (EMS) is a process by which a business identifies regulated and unregulated environmental impacts of its operations, assesses current performance and develops plans to improve on that performance. The EMS used in the project is based on ISO 14001, a system in general used in the European Union.

Tom Lanphar, a senior scientist with the Cal/EPA pilot project, said, “There is a lot of movement in the wine industry toward sustainable agriculture. EMS might play a great role in helping to bring this about.”

Lanphar said the two wineries were chosen because they had already met the certification process with the Sonoma Green Program and were the only two wineries certified by the Bay Area Green Program.

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