Auckland winery Villa Maria Estate got a taste of glory at the Green Ribbon Awards last night upon being named the supreme winner for its environmental efforts.
The government's Green Ribbon Awards recognise contributions made by organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s environment.
Environment minister Amy Adams said Villa Maria was dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of its business and demonstrated that environmental best practice can boost profitability and be part of everyday business.
“The winery takes a holistic approach to environmental best practice, implementing a variety of effective initiatives nationwide. These range from growing grapes organically through to projects that reduce the environmental effects of operations in the processing plant.
“Specific initiatives include reducing fungicide and pesticide applications, energy conservation, and a comprehensive package of emissions-reduction projects.”
A further 12 category winners from around the country were also announced.
The awards had more than 280 entries this year, an increase of 68 from 2011.
The finalists covered areas such as improving water and air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste, and boosting biodiversity by protecting coasts and oceans.
2012 Green Ribbon Award Winners
Protecting our biodiversity: Moehau Environment Group, with Meridian Energy (Coromandel)
Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions: carboNZero Holdings (Auckland)
Caring for our water: Waiau Trust – River Habitat Restoration (Invercargill)
Minimising our waste: Go Bamboo(Gisborne)
Improving our air quality: Nelson City Council (Nelson)
Protecting our coasts and oceans: West Coast Blue Penguin Trust (West Coast)
Communication and education: Hurunui College – Nina Valley Restoration Group (Canterbury)
Community leadership: Te Ara Kakariki - Greenway Canterbury Trust (Canterbury)
Small business leadership: Celcius Coffee (Wellington)
Large business leadership: Villa Maria Estate (Auckland)
Public sector leadership: Nelson City Council (Nelson)
Green economy: Yealands Estate (Marlborough)
Supreme Award Winner: Villa Maria Estate (Auckland)