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    May 20, 2004      File #
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"Winery, Buildings and Environmental Quality" Topic of SSU Conference, June 3

Green building practices, renewable energy, and innovative water and waste water technologies in the wine industry is the focus of an upcoming conference at Sonoma State University.

SSU's Environmental Technology Center hosts "Winery, Buildings and Environmental Quality" from 1 - 5 p.m. on June 3.

Paul Dolan, former president of Fetzer Vineyards and a wine industry sustainability leader, opens the conference with the keynote presentation. Several of the participating wineries at the conference are members of the Sonoma Green Business Program and have been implementing resource conservation and pollution prevention practices for several years.

The conference brings them together to share their own experiences and to encourage other wineries to consider implementing their own environmental quality improvements.

Among the participating Green Business wineries are Rodney Strong Vineyards, St. Francis Vineyards & Winery and Clos du Bois.

The conference will begin with a panel on green building practices in the wine industry. The panel will present case studies on innovative design and construction practices in locally and nationally recognized wineries.

There will also be presentations on leading edge manufactured green building products. The energy panel will focus on the increasing use of solar in the wine industry. Case studies will highlight installation, operational benefits and financial justifications for going solar.

Other renewable options such as co-generation and wind power will also be presented. The final panel on water will look at current technology and practices to reduce water use at wineries and creatively use wastewater on site.

This panel will also present case studies with water conservation metrics and constructed wetlands. A diverse group of companies are sponsoring the event and demonstrating that the dialogue about sustainable wine making is moving across the business spectrum.

Sponsors for this event include PowerLight Corporation, ConeTech Inc., Advanced Cooling Tower Technologies Inc., Alternative Building Concepts, Axiom Engineers, Capstone Microturbines, Diablo Valley Packaging, Heffernan Insurance brokers, Ryan & Associates General Contractors, and Sonoma Wine Company.

The event is free to wineries that are in the Sonoma Green Business Program. For all other parties there will be a charge of $25 if registration is received before May 21.

After that date a charge of $40 will be required for attendance. All participants will have access to the conference, an informational attendees packet and wine tasting after the conference.

For more information please visit, or contact Armando Navarro at (707) 664-2577 or John Garn at (707) 824-9620.


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