Kendall-Jackson Has Ozone Protection in the Bottle

Kendall-Jackson Has Ozone Protection in the Bottle

a href=http://www.greenbiz.com/frame/1.cfm?targetsite=http://www.kj.com>Kendall... Wine Estates has received a U.S. EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for 2002, in honor of its efforts to reduce its use of ozone-depleting chemicals.

Kendall-Jackson, which will celebrate its 20th harvest next fall, was nominated by the EPA and selected for its leadership in banning methyl bromide and several other chemicals from its worldwide vineyards two years ago. Methyl Bromide has been identified as a key ozone depleting component.

Kendall-Jackson CEO Barbara Banke said the company has integrated sustainable practices throughout its operations. According to Banke, the company employs extensive use of cover crops and integrated pest management in most of its vineyards, some of which are farmed organically. The company has also implemented water-recycling systems, extensive soil erosion protections, and reforestation measures.

"Sustainable agriculture is at the heart of our core values," Banke explained. "We remain committed to an active program of environmental stewardship of our vineyards, our ranches and all our operations."

Earlier this month the vineyard was also honored by the California Water Environment Association, for its efforts to reduce water and energy usage at its Skylane Cellars facility. Several of the company's wineries are certified as "Eco-Friendly" by the Sonoma County and Bay Area Green Business program, which recognizes resource conservation and pollution abatement.

The annual EPA awards Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards honor companies for significant contributions to protecting the environment. Nominees are reviewed by an international panel of judges before the EPA makes the final selections.

"This year's winners are organizations and individuals who demonstrate their resolve and commitment to take actions that help make our planet a healthy place to live for generations to come," said Jeff Holmstead, assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation.

The award will be presented in Washington D.C. during the 2002 Earth Technologies Forum.