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ACR-15 Wineries: leadership.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 15

Relative to wineries.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  April 22, 2013. ]


ACR 15, Chesbro. Wineries: leadership.
This measure would proclaim April 2013 as the “California Wines: Down to Earth” month, to celebrate the sustainable leadership of California wineries and winegrape growers.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Sustainability is a vital part of the long-term future of California wine, which contributes an estimated $61.5 billion in annual economic impact to California’s economy; and
WHEREAS, Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers created the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing workbook more than a decade ago, with the third edition released in January 2013, and it has since been used by vineyards and wineries representing three-quarters of California’s winegrape acreage and production to self-assess operations; and
WHEREAS, The California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, now managed by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, is comprised of more than 200 best practices for vineyards and wineries that benefit the environment, employees, neighbors, and high-quality wine; and
WHEREAS, Other state and regional sustainability programs, such as Lodi Rules, Sustainability in Practice (SIP), Napa Green, Fish Friendly Farming, the Green Business Program, and others, all play an important role in the California wine communities’ efforts to grow grapes and produce wine in a manner that is environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable; and
WHEREAS, Growing participation in organic, biodynamic, and sustainable certification programs further conveys California vintners’ and growers’ adherence to high standards, desire for transparency, and dedication to continuous improvement; and
WHEREAS, California’s wine community conserves water, energy, and other natural resources, protects habitat, employee welfare, and air, water, and soil quality, and promotes the use of natural pest management and alternative energy and fuels; and
WHEREAS, California’s 3,600 wineries and 4,600 winegrape growers are primarily family businesses, with a long-term commitment to the health and vitality of their communities, and to preserving the land for future generations; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims April 2013 as the time to celebrate the sustainable leadership of California wineries and winegrape growers with the theme, “California Wines: Down to Earth” month, timed to Earth Day on April 22; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.