Jackson Family Wines and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announce a partnership to promote environmental sustainability
LOS ANGELES – July 11, 2018 – Two environmental leaders, Jackson Family Wines, a leader in sustainability in the wine industry, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), a foundation that supports projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities, announced today they are joining forces to promote environmental sustainability and raise public awareness about environmental issues.
“We are excited to announce this collaboration with Julia Jackson and Jackson Family Wines whose corporate leadership in sustainability is directly aligned with LDF’s mission,” said Terry Tamminen, CEO of LDF. “We are grateful for Jackson Family Wines’ support for our programming and its commitment to protecting our precious natural resources.”
“Our investment in sustainability is driven by my family’s commitment to make the highest quality wines in the most responsible manner,” said Julia Jackson, Proprietor and Family Ambassador for Jackson Family Wines. “LDF’s commitment to conservation and renewable energy makes it the ideal foundation to engage with while working to promote better stewardship of natural resources and a path forward in sustainable energy management.”
The partnership will kick off with a with a unique public art collaboration to present John Gerrard’s Solar Reserve artwork at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Jackson Family Wines is sponsoring the installation, which is organized by LACMA, in collaboration with LDF. The installation, which is part of LDF’s new Art and Environment initiative – a series of art and environmental programming with artists and institutions, produced by Lisa Schiff and SFA Advisory - will run from July 12 – September 3, 2018.
Solar Reserve is a computer simulation of a solar thermal power plant located in Tonopah, Nevada (also named SolarReserve). The plant is surrounded by 10,000 mirrors that reflect sunlight upon it to heat molten salts, forming a thermal battery which is used to generate electricity.
As artist John Gerrard explains, “Solar Reserve grew out of two interests: historic representations of the sun and the manner in which petroleum eclipsed the sun as an energy source in the 20th century,” said the artist. “Climate change now forces us to address a legacy of extreme energy consumption in the last century, and it is interesting for me to show this simulation in L.A., one of the sunniest yet most energy-consuming cities on earth. The work radiates hope and beauty, but it is also an apparition, existing solely as software code. One of the questions it seeks to ask is: to what degree will the energy crisis be addressed by solar facilities, and to what degree is the optimism of renewable energy itself an apparition if we do not reduce global energy consumption?”
“We are thrilled to see this captivating artwork highlight the importance of renewable energy, along with cleantech innovations such as ours, to address climate change” says SolarReserve CEO, Kevin Smith.
Since formalizing its sustainability program in 2008, Jackson Family Wines has minimized environmental impacts through land conservation, low impact farming and smart water use and innovative energy management. Today, Jackson Family Wines is the wine industry’s largest generator of onsite solar energy with 7.1 MW of generation capacity across 12 wineries, offsetting 1,400 homes’ worth of annual electricity use. In its commitment to further reduce its carbon footprint, Jackson Family Wines has established a goal to power 50% of all winemaking operations from onsite renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity 25% by 2021. Additionally, the wine company uses 50% less water to make wines than the industry average, saving more than 28 million gallons of water each year.
LDF’s Climate Program focuses on dramatically increasing ambition to tackle the climate crisis by promoting the best climate solutions, including a transition to 100% renewable energy. Solar Reserve is an excellent public representation of one of the environmental issues – climate change – to which both organizations are deeply committed.
As part of the collaboration, Jackson Family Wines will also become LDF’s exclusive wine sponsor, and will serve its environmentally conscious wines at LDF’s events. Furthermore, Jackson Family Wines will be a title sponsor of LDF’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Auction, which will be held on September 15, 2018 in Sonoma County, California.
About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines is a leading family-owned wine company with a penchant for exploration and stewardship. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke, the Jackson family and the company’s employees continue to uphold to this day. The family’s collection of over 40 wineries and brands that span significant winegrowing regions across the globe, from California, Oregon, France and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making exceptional wines in a sustainable manner. In each region, vineyard ownership remains key to consistent quality, conservation and stewardship for future generations and the communities around them. To learn more, please visit: www.jacksonfamilywines.com.
About Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. LDF supports projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. To date, LDF has provided grants of more than $80 million USD to support critical environmental work in over 60 countries.
We are now experiencing what can only be called a planetary crisis — a convergence of accelerating climate change, unprecedented loss of biodiversity, and increasing human health issues caused by a toxic environment. The diverse range of projects supported by LDF – from efforts to create and expand protected areas on land and in our oceans, to initiatives to protect and recover species on the brink like elephants, sharks, lions and orangutans, to supporting grassroots and indigenous organizations working to secure environmental protections and implement sustainable solutions at the local level – are a direct reflection of the array of efforts that are needed to turn the tide. LDF believes
that we can create a world where both nature and humanity coexist in harmony. Not only do we believe this can be done, we know it must be done in order to ensure the long-term survival of both our planet’s magnificent biodiversity, and humanity. To learn more, please visit www.leonardodicaprio.org.
About SFA Advisory
SFA is a private art consultancy specialising in modern and contemporary art that serves a select group of dedicated collectors around the world. Careful scholarship is at the core of our work, guided by each collector’s individual aesthetic, interests, and goals. Founder Lisa Schiff and advisor Marika Kielland spearheaded this collaboration with John Gerrard and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as part of the Art & Environment Series. For more information, please visit www.sfa-advisory.com
About Solar Reserve and artist John Gerrard
Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 by John Gerrard is a computer simulation of an actual power plant known as a solar thermal power tower, surrounded by 10,000 mirrors
that reflect sunlight upon it to heat molten salts, forming a thermal battery which is used to generate electricity. Over the course of a 365–day year, the art work simulates the actual movements of the sun, moon, and stars across the sky, as they would appear at the Nevada site, with the thousands of mirrors adjusting their positions in real time according to the position of the sun. This virtual world is meticulously constructed by the artist, a team of modelers, and programmers, using a sophisticated game engine. Simultaneously over a 24–hour period the point of view will cycle from ground level to a satellite view every 60 minutes, creating an elaborate choreography among perspectives, 10,000 turning mirrors, and a dramatic interplay of light and shadow.
John Gerrard was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. He received a BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. Gerrard’s works concern themselves with the nature of contemporary power while questioning the structures that characterized the intensification of human endeavour that took place during the twentieth century. He is best known for his sculptures, which typically take the form of 3D real-time computer graphics. His choice of medium is closely tied to the digital computer. To learn more, please visit: www.johngerrard.net/solar-reserve.html