Certification Resources

CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Resources


 Guidebook 

  • CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Guidebook - This guidebook contains all certification program information: requirements, prerequisites, the steps to obtain certification, guidelines for communicating certification, and other information.  
  • Guidebook Appendix - Provides detailed guidance regarding the Code Workbook that must be followed as part of CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE.
  

 

Program Requirements

  Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Summary of Program Requirements – Find a list of prerequisite practices, other program requirements, and instruction on how to run an audit checklist report and a minimum score threshold report to see if you’re meeting score requirements, determine required action plans and supporting documentation prior to meeting with your auditor.  

  • CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Prerequisite Code Workbook Criteria - Find a full list of all Code Workbook prerequisite practices with relevant Code Workbook language and required score.


  Chain of Custody (for wineries planning to use the wine logo/certification claims on the wine label)

 

  Metrics

  • Performance Metrics - Metrics guidance document that includes details on what needs to be measured, recorded and calcuated to meet the metrics requirement. You may use your own system, the metrics calculator in the SWP online system, or use the template provided in the guidance document. Vineyards must measure and record water use and nitrogen applied annually. Wineries must measure and record water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) related to energy and refrigerants annually. 

 

  Pest Management: Red/Yellow List Documents

  • Criterion 6-34 - This criterion and associated educational boxes address the use of Red/Yellow list (prohibited and/or restricted) crop protection materials as part of the certification requirements.  
  • Red/Yellow List Common Trade Names - This document contains the CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE red and yellow listed (prohibited and/or restricted) crop protection materials. These materials are regulated as restricted by the US Environmental Protection Agency and/or California DPR.
  • Yellow List Use Form - Complete this form with your application for certification when using crop protection materials from the yellow list.

 

Administration

  • Fees - Fees are based on the total acreage and/or case production being certified. Payment of annual fees is required prior to the issuance of a certificate each year.

 

Auditors

 

Renewal Process

 

Logo and Communication

 

Tools/Resources for Meeting Certification Requirements 


  Templates

  • Action Plan Template - This template can be completed to fulfill the action plan requirement, or participants can choose to use another written format that suits their needs. 


  Environmental Compliance (2-2)


  Tools to Meet Prerequisite Practices

  • How to Conduct a DIY Vineyard Energy Audit - This DIY audit allows the individual winegrower to assess energy-consuming processes and equipment in order to discover potential changes in behavior or technology that can reduce energy consumption.
  • Weed Scouting Template - An excel weed scouting template and handout to help growers assess and identify their weeds.
  • Solid Waste Audit - This tool provides wineries with easy-to-follow steps for estimating the volume of solid waste generated at their. The tool covers how to collect available information, how to conduct a solid waste audit, identifying disposal practices, and estimating the costs and revenues for managing each waste stream.
  • Winery Water Efficiency and Hot Spots Tool - This tool walks users through the steps needed to identify the highest water using activities ("hot spots") at the winery, and results in a conceptual facility water balance to understand where water is being used throughout the winery.
 

  SWP Online System Reports

  • Audit Checklist Report - Run this report to check if all prerequisites are already met or if any action plans must be developed. The report also shows which evidence requirements or supporting documentation will be needed during the audit to verify assessment scores.
  • Certification Score Threshold Report: Run this report in the online system to see if you are meeting the 85% score threshold (85% of total scores must be a Category 2 or above). If you have not met the threshold, the report will show exactly how many Code workbook criteria must have score increases before the next audit.
 

  Distribution Uniformity

  • How to Conduct an Irrigation Uniformity Test - Learn how to conduct a distribution uniformity (DU) test with just a few simple tools and learn about the many benefits of conducting regular DU field tests.

    • Watch the Importance of Distribution Uniformity Video HERE.
    • Watch the How To Conduct a DU Test Video HERE.
    • Download the Field Data Sheet template HERE.  


How to Guides/Presentations