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Jackson Family Wine donate $3m to build sustainable winery at UC Davis

on 31/01/11 at 5:40 pm


Jess Jackson and Barbara R. Banke, co-proprietors of Jackson Family Wines, have pledged $3 million to the University of California, Davis, for the construction of the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building.

This gift will be announced Friday, Jan. 28, at UC Davis as several hundred friends, supporters and alumni gather to celebrate the grand opening of the campus’s new environmentally sophisticated winery, brewery and food-processing complex.

The planned Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building will play a key role in maximizing the sustainable features of the complex, which is the only such facility in the world to receive official LEED Platinum certification – the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

Among all existing LEED Platinum buildings, the complex is one of the most extensive in its use of rainwater and on-site energy. Rainwater is being captured, stored and used for landscaping and toilets. Another of its unique features is a system for capturing carbon dioxide from all wine fermentations.

The new building made possible by the gift from Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke will house the technology that will enable the teaching and research winery to demonstrate how a winery can operate on rainwater when it captures, filters and reuses that water many times. The planned building also will house equipment needed to sequester the carbon dioxide captured from the winery’s fermentation system, thus preventing damage to the atmosphere. This will make it the first winery to have a net zero carbon footprint, meaning that it captures at least as much carbon dioxide as it produces.

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