Waste

Prevention

Preventing Waste & Green Purchasing

June 14, 2022 | Charles Krug Winery, Carriage House

8:00 AM

Registration (If attending offsite workshop you will register there)

8:30 AM

Practical Workshop - Onsite OR Offsite*

9:30 AM

Visit Sustainable Services & Tools tables

10:10 AM

Welcome Remarks from THRIVES Co-Founders

10:15 AM

Marquee Speaker

11:00 AM

VISIT SUSTAINABLE SERVICES & TOOLS TABLES / Networking

11:15 AM

Expert Panel

12:30 PM

VISIT SUSTAINABLE SERVICES & TOOLS TABLES, Lunch & Wine

*Please note each event day begins with two workshop options – one onsite OR one offsite. Only 40 event guests will be able to attend the offsite workshop. If you would like to attend the offsite mentorship workshop please register on Eventbrite when ordering tickets. No additional cost.

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8:30 am - 9:30 am
TWO WORKSHOP OPTIONS

(Max 40 Participants Per Workshop)


offsite workshop
Going TRUE Zero Waste

Mentor: Molly Sheppard, Educational Winemaker at Spottswoode Winery
Mentee: Thane Knutson, Winemaker, Raymond Vineyards
Location: Raymond Vineyards


onsite workshop
Lighten Up & Ship Green
Molly & Stephanie
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Practical Workshop I

(Max 40 Participants Per Workshop)


offsite workshop
Going TRUE Zero Waste

Mentor: Molly Sheppard, Educational Winemaker at Spottswoode Winery
Mentee: Thane Knutson, Winemaker, Raymond Vineyards
Location: Raymond Vineyards


Spottswoode Winery was the first estate winery in Napa County to achieve TRUE Zero Waste Gold-level certification, meaning more than 95% of their “waste” is reused, recycled or composted. Join Molly Sheppard, Educational Winemaker and Stephanie Barger with TRUE Zero Waste, as they begin working with Raymond Vineyards to walk them through practices to increase recycling, prevent packaging waste, compost food waste, and other steps Spottswoode took to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification. This is everything from hiring a chef to provide family-style lunches instead of box lunches (which saved them $$) to the bigger steps of lightening up bottle weight. To pique your interest, learn more about Spottswoode’s no-waste story.


Workshop 2
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Practical Workshop II

(Max 40 Participants Per Workshop)


onsite workshop
Lighten Up & Ship Green

Location: Onsite at Charles Krug Winery, Carriage House


On average, 30-50% of winery emissions come from packaging and distribution. Join Sue Keechler of Global Package, a regional glass provider, who has lighter weight and recycled content bottle options, along with Tim Colonnese from packaging provider, Green Cell Foam, with elevated and brandable recycled content and recyclable, biodegradable and compostable shippers. These products have been vetted by Napa Green wineries. Nicolas Quille, Chief Winemaking & Operations Officer with Crimson Wine Group will share their experience lightening bottle weight to reduce their purchasing and shipping emissions and carbon footprint. You will also learn about new, cutting-edge opportunities to get involved in wine bottle reuse from Caren McNamara, CEO and Founder of Conscious Container. Here are a few stories of what wineries are doing to lighten up and ship green.

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Kayalin Akens-Irby
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Marquee Speaker

Kayalin Akens-Irby

Kayalin Akens-Irby is an impact-oriented strategist who has spent her career working with investors and companies to improve business operations and capitalize on new opportunities within an evolving market which increasingly values transparency, sustainability, and business ethics. Kayalin is currently Chief of Staff at Planet FWD, the leading carbon management platform for consumer brands to tackle climate change. She also serves as a Board Member for the Upcycled Food Association and a Climate Fellow for Amasia VC.

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11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Expert Panel

The Carbon Footprint of Packaging & Distribution

When an order arrives on our doorstep, or is picked up for shipment, we don’t tend to think much about how it was manufactured or where the packaging will end up. When buying products and then distributing wine we need to consider: How were the products made and how will they get to you (e.g., recycled glass from CA or virgin glass from China), and can or will those boxes, bottles, closures, capsules be recycled, or land in the trash? Jancis Robinson will share a message on why she sees lightening bottle weights as essential. Remi Cohen, CEO of Domaine Carneros, will share innovative ways that they have reduced packaging waste and saved $$. Patrick Spencer with the The Cork Forest Conservation Alliance will share some of the surprising environmental and social benefits of natural cork, and the relative resource use and life cycle of different closures. Carolina Leonhardt, Sr. Manager of Environmental Stewardship at Clif Bar & Company, will share approaches to inventory the emissions of packaging & distribution and supplier initiatives to green packaging and cut emissions.

Andrea Robinson
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Panel Moderator

Andrea Robinson, MS

Andrea Robinson is a world-renowned Master Sommelier who takes the seemingly daunting subject of wine and food, and brings it down to earth for all to understand and enjoy. Robinson, one of only 26 female Master Sommeliers in the world, couples this distinction with a strong culinary pedigree as a graduate and former Dean of the French Culinary Institute, and the winner of three James Beard Awards. In addition, she has been widely featured across leading national television networks and publications as the “go-to” expert for all things wine. She and her husband John live in Napa Valley. Andrea’s wine mantra is:


“Wine doesn’t have to be expensive to be good–
…wine makes food taste better–
…and it’s fun!”

remi cohen
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
expert Panelist

remi cohen

Remi Cohen is the CEO of Domaine Carneros. In 2020, Remi Cohen joined the Domaine Carneros family as CEO, taking over from illustrious founding winemaker and former CEO Eileen Crane and continuing the winery’s tradition of visionary female leadership. Remi has 20 years of wine industry experience and began her career on the winemaking and viticulture side before pursuing her MBA in finance to complement her master’s in viticulture from UC Davis. Remi spent the first 10 years of her career working in the Carneros AVA, with stints at Saintsbury, Bouchaine, and Merryvale and Starmont, culminating with her role as Vice President of Merryvale. Remi was most recently at Cliff Lede Vineyards, where she was promoted from Director of Winemaking and Vineyards to VP of Operations to COO. After ten years with Cliff Lede, Remi’s passion for Carneros has brought her full circle to Domaine Carneros, where she is especially focused on furthering the winery’s fastidious commitment to sustainability.

Carolina Leonhardt
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
expert Panelist

Carolina Leonhardt

Carolina Leonhardt is the Sr. Manager of Environmental Stewardship at Clif Bar & Company and has been on the company’s sustainability team for the last 5 years. In her role, Carolina leads strategy development, integration, and implementation of sustainability programs, communications, and employee engagement in the areas of climate and energy, zero waste, organic and sustainable sourcing, and natural resource conservation. She also leads cross-functional efforts in support of the company’s goals to transition to sustainable packaging and become net positive on climate by 2030. Carolina has worked in the sustainability field for over 15 years with experience in the non-profit, private consulting, and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of International Studies from American University and is a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor.

Patrick Spencer
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
expert Panelist

Patrick Spencer

Patrick Spencer received his BS in Environmental Sciences from Central Connecticut State University. He has spent his professional career promoting the “triple bottom line”, a business concept that posits firms should commit to measuring their social and environmental impact—in addition to their financial performance—rather than solely focusing on generating profit.


He is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization the, Cork Forest Conservation Alliance, whose primary mission is to preserve and protect the Mediterranean cork forests and their inhabitants.


Patrick is currently serving a four-year term on the Forest Stewardship Councils, International Board of Directors, representing the Environmental North Chamber.

Jancis Robinson
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
A message from expert

Jancis Robinson , MW

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic. She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine (4.7 million copies sold just before the 8th edition was published in October 2019) and co-author of Wine Grapes, each of these books recognized as a standard reference worldwide. The 24-Hour Wine Expert (2017) is a slim paperback guide to the practical essentials of wine.

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APCOR
EVENT SPONSOR
APCOR

APCOR is the employers’ association of the cork sector that represents, promotes, divulges and carries out research in the Portuguese cork industry. Cork stoppers are a natural, recyclable and reusable product. Cork is an indelible factor of social and economic development for the countries of the Western Mediterranean. It combines a centuries-old tradition with the most modern practices of an industry of the future, and one that leads the way in sustainability. The extraction of cork is the most well-paid agricultural work in the world, due to the expertise and care that it requires. Cork helps to ensure the sustainability of the montados, contributing to a balanced relationship with nature and the maintenance of the ecosystems that are linked to it. The montados play an essential role in water regulation, and in protecting the soil and carbon sequestration. The cork industry therefore provides a guarantee of a more promising future due to the environmental, economic and social sustainability that it advocates.

UVDS
Table SPONSOR
Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling

Upper Valley Disposal Service was founded in 1963 by Bob and Marvin Pestoni. The Pestoni Family spans five generations in the Napa Valley, and for the past 40 years they have been working to provide the up valley communities with progressive and innovative environmental solutions for waste disposal & recourse recovery.


They offer a variety of services for Commercial, Industrial and Residential application. Programs include disposal of refuse, recycling mixed materials, recycling of separated materials including electronic waste, clean green waste, concrete, asphalt, construction debris and composting. They also offer additional soil amendment solutions and customized programs for the wine industry.

NRWS
Table SPONSOR
Napa Recycling and Waste Services

Napa Recycling & Waste Services and Napa County Recycling & Waste Services are local full-service companies with parent companies that have served the region for over a century. They are happy to provide all of the City of Napa and southern unincorporated Napa County with efficient, economical & sustainable services.


Napa Recycling works together with the City of Napa, Napa County and customers to:

- Offer recycling and composting services to all their customers
- Reduce air pollution with the use trucks that run on compressed natural gas
- Increase recycling and decrease garbage bills through business waste assessments
- Increase recycling and composting opportunities at special events in Napa County
- Be involved in the local community
- Produce organic compost from Napa’s yard trimmings, food scraps & grape pomace
- Reach towards a Zero Waste Napa

Green Cell Foam
Table SPONSOR
Green Cell Foam

Green Cell Foam is the most environmentally sustainable and functional packaging material available. Made from US-grown corn, Green Cell Foam is certified compostable in backyard and industrial facilities and can even be dissolved in a sink for safe and easy disposal. This unique material combines exceptional cushioning and thermal insulating protection, while protecting the planet.

Fly with WIne
Table SPONSOR
Fly with WIne

The entire lineup of VinGardeValise® suitcases from FlyWithWine offers a clean and green alternative to shipping multiple bottles home after a visit to wine country. As visitors buy a bottle or two here and there while visiting Napa Valley, they’re faced with the dilemma we know so well, “how do I get these home?” Instead of having to ship from each winery, if your winery is permitted to ship to their state of course, guests can alternatively invest in the only luxury piece of luggage specifically designed to transport their new wine purchases home safely. The VinGardeValise® collection is not only a green option for taking wine back home from wine country, it is also the most versatile luggage available. All of the inserts are removable to double as a normal piece of luggage for personal effects. This way, guests can transport wine, wine and personal items, or all personal items, thus reducing the need for multiple luggage sets. Aside from the versatility of our pieces, the sturdy exterior shell and dense-foam inserts are designed for trip, after trip, after trip. Wine travelers no longer have to rely on single-use, nonrecylable styrofoam and cardboard boxes to transport their wines to their final destination. Our pieces come with a 10-year manufacturer warranty. Our exceptional customer service team is here to help you get any replacement part(s) needed and reduce the waste of throwing out the entire piece to replace it with another. Opt for a green option for your clients and learn about carrying the FlyWithWine’s VinGardeValise® collection in your tasting room (also a great sales tool for the ultimate goal—selling more wine!). Visit our booth on June 14th to learn more about our products and how we help you achieve your goals of going green and selling more wine!

Vinarmour
Table SPONSOR
Vinarmour

The world's finest protective bottle carrier for wine and spirits. World's first soft, puncture/leak/impact-resistant carrier for your bottle, whether you are just carrying across town or even across the globe. With Vinarmour you can carry a vintage wine out to dinner or a special event with style and sophistication. Worrying while traveling with a bottle in your luggage is a thing of the past.

lafitte
Table SPONSOR
lafitte

Lafitte maintains a family-owned business with production and distribution facilities for wine corks and capsules in Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United States. With over 100 years of industrial experience, Lafitte's eager attention to new and evolving industry standards ensures our continual improvement in producing the highest quality cork products suitable for all wines

Groupe Charlois
Table SPONSOR
Groupe Charlois

The history of the Charlois group has its roots in the middle of the 17th century in the Bertranges forest, with Jacques Charlois, stave splitter. They make very high quality oak wood cut into staves and used for the manufacture of oak barrels.


Located in the heart of the Nivernais country, in the setting of the largest oak grove in France, the company participates in the development of a forest jewel where the most beautiful specimens of oaks in France are erected. It specializes in the selection of oaks, the manufacture and the natural maturation of the staves in compliance with good forestry practices including the conservation, development, management and creation of forests.

Napa Green
Community Sponsor
Napa Green

Napa Green serves as a catalyst and facilitator to grow certified sustainable, responsible businesses committed to the environmental stewardship and climate action in Napa County. Our members stand as leaders exemplifying that sustainability and caring for nature and community elevates quality and experience for employees, customers and community, now and in the future.


From soil to bottle - A comprehensive sustainability certification program for Napa Valley Wineries & Vineyards.

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