Squeezing Water from Wine: Constellation Brands Takes on the Drought
In the face of California’s ongoing drought, Clos du Bois – owned by Constellation Brands, a Connect the Drops signatory – has taken strong steps over the last few years to reduce the amount of water it takes to produce and bottle its premier wines. READ MORE
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Created in March 2015 with 7 companies, Connect the Drops has grown in less than two years to 26 companies dedicated to taking innovative action on water stewardship and engaging in statewide water management discussions. Signatory companies employ more than 740,000 workers combined and represent 11 key sectors of the California economy including apparel, beverage, energy, packaged foods, and technology.
CTD members Dignity Health, Driscoll’s and KB Home at a meeting with Senate President Kevin de Leon
In 2015 the campaign made significant strides at helping to bring resilient water solutions and awareness to California’s serious water resource challenges. One of the most notable accomplishments for the campaign in 2015 was the passage of a California law targeting leaks in water agency infrastructure, representing 10 percent of urban water use. Representatives from Connect the Drops signatory companies met with 25 key legislative and executive offices over 2 advocacy days to raise their voices in support of several policy proposals.
In addition to policy advocacy, some campaign signatories are also working with other businesses and stakeholders to protect and restore water resources at the watershed level. Campaign signatory Coca-Cola for example partnered with the National Forest Foundation to help restore a watershed region in the San Gabriel Mountains that provides one-third of Los Angeles County’s drinking water.
In addition to policy advocacy, some campaign signatories are also working with other businesses and stakeholders to protect and restore water resources at the watershed level. Campaign signatories MillersCoors and Coca-Cola for example partnered with the National Forest Foundation to help restore a watershed region in the San Gabriel Mountains that provides one-third of Los Angeles County’s drinking water.
Looking forward, Connect the Drops will keep up the momentum in 2016. Numerous regulatory and legislative proposals are pending or have been introduced to help implement water stewardship in California. With 27 percent of Californians naming water and drought as the most important issue facing the state, Connect the Drops signatories are poised to engage on a suite of policies addressing the removal of barriers to onsite water recycling systems, encouraging sub-metering of dwelling units for water service to drive conservation, promoting greater reuse of wastewater treatment facilities’ annual flow for beneficial purposes, and closing annual funding gaps in key water management areas. For more details on these policy priorities, see New Water Laws Ahead. And Still Much More to Do
We encourage you to visit this page in the coming months as Connect the Drops continues to champion water stewardship. See also Kirsten James blog in Community Opeds For more information about Connect the Drops, please contact Kirsten James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceres is a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization mobilizing business leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges. www.ceres.org