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A company like ours can make a big impact by convincing our guests and associates to go green. Just imagine, if we can encourage 10% of our visitors every Saturday to replace one incandescent bulb with a compact florescent light bulb, the impact is the equivalent to taking 214 passenger vehicles off the road (see below how we figured this out). Here are some links and resources you can use to start making a difference. Check out our blog to see if some of our green posts.

Green Cleaning Products for the home

Hip eco-friendly products

Recycling

Find out what impact your family has on the environment

Find out what your footprint is equivalent to (this is the tool we used to find that by having just 10% of our Saturday visitors stop using one incandescent bulb we could save over 2 million pounds of CO2 emission)

Recommended Reading


Getting Started at Home

One of our sustainability efforts is to convince our loyal guests, associates and vendors, to make environmentally positive changes at home and at work. We are able to reach many people everyday through our newsletter, e-mail campaigns and our website. This is our "green" outreach. We hope that you will be inspired to act by our efforts, and the total effect will be multiplied.

For us, the hardest part has been to convince our associates at the winery to turn off lights, computers and air conditioners. Old habits die hard. As you embark on your quest toward sustainability, you may find that what appears to be easy turns out to be quite tricky. As you read our suggestions, figure out which ones will require more than just buying something (like new light bulbs). If the item requires a change in routine, expect it to be difficult and to require concentration and extra effort.

After this "low hanging fruit" is harvested, you'll be ready to tackle the more challenging tasks such as getting your friends, neighbors and even your local elected officials to join in our sustainability campaign. We hope you'll join us in the grassroots phase of what will ultimately become a normal way of life for everyone everywhere. We've listed below some of the easiest and most affordable green things you can do at home right now. Have fun browsing and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to tell us what you've done at home to go green; we'd love to hear!

  • Tell your friends and family. One of the most effective ways you can make an impact is by talking about what you are doing to go green with your friends and family. Begin sharing ideas, brainstorming new concepts or even starting a friends and family green coalition where you meet once a month to discuss such things.
  • Support your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Your area's local farmers will supply you with a box full of fruits and veggies once a week. It's an awesome way to support your local farmers and to save money. Most CSAs are organic and typically cost 10%-20% less than your local grocer. You must become a member of a CSA in your neighborhood first. All fruits and vegetables are selected by the farmer and are pre-paid through the CSA website. For more information visit www.LocalHarvest.org/csa. If you live locally, you can pick up your CSA box here at Ponte Winery on Tuesdays from 3pm-6pm at the Restaurant hostess stand. To sign up for the Inland Empire CSA go to www.InlandEmpireCSA.com.
  • Reconsider your ride. Our own Claudio Ponte purchased a Toyota Prius, saving a lot of money in fuel and reducing his family's environmental footprint. Until you purchase a new car, consider ride sharing with co-workers, utilizing public transportation, riding your bike or try carpooling with your spouse or coworker.
  • Change out your light bulbs. We recommend An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). It will save about $30 on your electricity bill over its lifetime. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. A CFL ranges in price from $2-$5.
  • Purchase a Smart Strip power cord. When devices, such as computers, are plugged into the control outlet, the power strip is able to 'sense' the flow of electrical current through the strip's control outlet. This unique feature enables the Smart Strip to turn off selected equipment when it's not in use, saving you money and time!
  • Ditch plastic bags - use canvas. If you haven't made the switch, now is the time. Most plastic bags take over 400 years to biodegrade. Some figures indicate that plastic bags could take over 1000 years to break down. This means not one plastic bag has ever naturally broken-down. Canvas grocery bags can be purchased at your local store for a mere $1 per bag. Use them and then toss them back into your trunk so you don't forget to bring them.
  • Lose the lawn. Did you know that by replacing your lawn with drought tolerant plants you could save up to 20% on your water bill? And that's not all, some water districts will pay the customers to plant pre-approved drought tolerant plants or synthetic grass.
  • Plant a vegetable garden. It is better than buying local; it is local at its best. We have associates at the winery that have grown an entire garden in containers on the patio of their apartments. We have associates who have cut out all their lawn and replaced with multiple raised beds. Whatever the space, growing a vegetable garden reduces carbon emission, saves you money and is a ton of fun.
  • Start a compost pile. It can reduce the waste in your home by up to 50%. In the back corner of your yard simply start a pile of all your garden clippings and kitchen waste (excluding any animal products). Water it down, mixing often and wait. Within a year or so you will have the richest and darkest soil in the neighborhood.
  • Collect rain water. If you have 1,000 square feet of roof on your house, and it rains just 1 inch, you can collect 600 gallons of water to be used in your garden. There are many rain catchers for sale that range from $50 to $500. We lean towards the wine barrel one.
  • Pay attention to your dishwasher.
    1. Use the air dry setting instead of the heat-dry setting. This will save energy and money.
    2. If you have to pre-wash your dishes before loading, fill your sink with cold water and rinse. Avoid letting the faucet just run.
    3. Wash only full loads, the savings will surprise you.
    4. Use short cycles.
  • Air dry your clothes. Air-drying some or all of your wet laundry could save you $135 in energy costs every year, prevent tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, and might result in less wear-and-tear on clothes.
  • Shop local Farmers Markets. By buying foods grown closer to you, you help maintain farmland and green space in your area, reduce the carbon emission from shipping produce and you support your local economy.
  • Buy in bulk. Less packaging means less energy consumed, less trash and less transportation.


Green Glossary

Below is a list of common green terms:

Ancient Forest Friendly
A philosophy of not contributing to the destruction of ancient and endangered forests in the production of paper materials, manufactured with a high percentage of post-consumer waste and no virgin fiber from old-growth, ancient or endangered forests. For more information we recommend visiting www.AncientForestFriendly.com.


Biogas
A gas fuel sourced from the decomposition of waste, converting a waste stream and potent greenhouse gases into an energy source.


Eco Footprint
The total measurable effect that human related activities have had on the organic life in Earth's environment: Pollution has left a large eco-footprint on the atmosphere due in part to the greenhouse gases that have been released.


Eco-Friendly
Having minimal to no harmful or threatening impact on the natural environment.


Green
A philosophy of creating eco-friendly products, using sustainable technologies that will not deplete our planet of its remaining resources.


Green-e
The nation's leading program that verifies and certifies renewable energy products that reduce the emissions contributing to global warming and air pollution. Visit www.Green-e.org for more information.


LEED
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an ecology-oriented building certification program run under the auspices of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED concentrates its efforts on improving performance across five key areas of environmental and human health: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, sustainable site development, and water savings.


Post-Consumer Waste
Waste produced by the end consumer, and following use is separated from other waste with the intent of recycling for re-use.


Recycled
Manufactured from used or waste materials that have been reprocessed for further use.


Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. In addition, the Rainforest Alliance works to strengthen supply chain and build market linkages for certified wood and forest products, by helping companies incorporate sustainability into their sourcing strategies. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.com.


Renewable Energy
Energy that is generated from regenerative resources; or energy that cannot be exhausted, such as wind, water and sunlight.


Sustainable Material
Materials that are generated from resources that are managed in a way that they are, for all practical purposes, sustainable over an extended period of time (i.e., the resource is not depleted).


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Organic chemical compounds that have high enough vapor pressures that, under normal conditions, allow them to significantly vaporize and enter the atmosphere, potentially inflicting damage on the environment. * The paints we purchase are "Low VOC."


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