Efforts to become more sustainable are happening in California, but the weather poses its own problems: 2013 was one of the driest years the state experienced in centuries.
Record-breaking warm days and wildfires drained water supplies throughout the Golden State, and now farmers are concerned as to whether they will be able to stay in business this year, the San Francisco Gate reported.
“We’re not ready to jump off the bridge yet, but we’re very, very concerned,” Robert Giacomini, a Point Reyes dairyman, told the source. “If we don’t get rain in the next two months that could become a problem,” he said.
The news source added that winegrowers in Sonoma County aren’t worried yet, because they are located near two reservoirs not too far from the state’s “Salad Bowl” region, where many leafy greens are grown every year, but they decided to change how they do things. Through a three-part program, the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (SCW) plans on encouraging every vineyard to get on board with this project.
“The goal is to assess, and collect the assessment data of 15,000 vineyard acres per year, for the next four years until every acre of planted vines are under assessment for sustainability,” Environmental Leader explained.
SCW’s earliest sustainability assessment occurred at the Clos du Bois Winery in October. By just cutting down the use of electricity in their aeration pumps, they were able to have a surplus of power for the vineyard’s wastewater treatment system.
Changing how these vineyards operate will not be easy for the SCW, but the organization hopes that through education, training, and certification programs will get them on board. These courses of action are a part of the first and second stages of the sustainability movement to ensure vineyards are truthful about their green recycling initiatives. SCW’s goal is to have a completely sustainable wine growing culture by 2019.
Entirely changing how a business completes daily tasks can be an arduous transition, but not all businesses have to do that. Up-and-coming companies can start off with an eco-friendly initiative at the very beginning of the launch. Instead of purchasing energy-consuming appliances and brand-new furniture made of raw materials, implement green office solutions.
Using products like remanufactured business furniture and LED light bulbs are great ways to reinforce that environmentally conscious message. Another benefit with these measures is that they are long-lasting and affordable to a young business’s budget.