Fetzer Vineyards was awarded a 2003 Governor's Award For Environmental and Economic Leadership in a ceremony visited by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Environmental Activist/Actor Beau Bridges, who noted he'd driven his hybrid car from Los Angeles to attend and take part in the awards.
California EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen and California Resources Agency Secretary Mike Chrisman, assisted by representatives from several state agencies and actor Bridges, presented the awards in seven categories to a handful of California companies who were honored for "sustaining economic development while protecting the environment." Governor Schwarzenegger joined the award winners for further discussions during a reception at the Cal/EPA headquarters.
US Congressman Mike Thompson, who supported Fetzer's nomination for the award, noted in a letter to the Cal/EPA that Fetzer has a "long history" of pioneering environmental practices and serves as a "role model for businesses". Fetzer was a winner in the Sustainable Practices category, cited for a wide range of programs including recycling, integrated waste management, carbon emissions mitigation, energy conservation, organic farming and earth friendly packaging.
The Governor's awards, established in 1993, are California's most prestigious environmental honor, recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that demonstrate exceptional leadership in building public-private partnerships while making notable contributions in conserving California's environment. This year 24 winners were cited in categories highlighting compatible, sustainable economic development programs undertaken while conserving natural resources.
Fetzer President Paul Dolan has captured the winery's sustainable business practices in a new book titled True To Our Roots: Fermenting A Business Revolution, published this fall by Bloomberg Press and available in bookstores nationwide and at Fetzer.com.