The Green Ribbon Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s environment. The 2012 awards had more than 208 entries this year, an increase of 68 on last year.
Assessed by a panel of judges, the awards are graded on how nominees measure against the following criteria; significant environmental benefit, measurability, innovation, awareness and education and going the extra mile.
The awards were announced last night by Environment Minister Amy Adams, at an awards ceremony at the Parliament Buildings, Wellington.
About Yealands Estate
Yealands Estate is New Zealand’s leading environmentally sustainable winery based in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Developed by entrepreneur Peter Yealands, the privately owned winery features advanced green technology in every aspect of design and function.
It received carboNZeroCertTM certification in April 2009 and in doing so was the largest winery in New Zealand to achieve this status for its organisation and wine products. The winery and vineyard is also accredited under Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
Yealands Estate wines launched to great acclaim in August 2008 and have collected more than 250 awards to date, which goes to show that being green also means making a great drop.