Stratus Vineyards: First LEED-Certified Winery in the World


In May of 2005, one month before its official opening, the Niagara-on-the-Lake business Stratus Vineyards became the first LEED-Certified winery in the world (certified by the Canada Green Building Council). To become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, a business must meet a number of criteria. The essential requirements for an LEED certification include taking steps to reduce negative impact on the environment both during construction and on a permanent, operational basis.

 Recycled materials were used in the construction process of Stratus Vineyards whenever possible. In addition, environmentally responsible features were incorporated into the building. These include a super-insulated roof; geothermal technology to heat and cool the building; resource and energy efficient electrical and plumbing systems; and a toxin-free waste management program. Native plants and flowers were used in the landscaping process for their ability to thrive without the support of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Even the type of stone that was used to pave the parking lot—a stone that reduces light-reflected heat—was chosen for sustainability purposes.

 Charles Baker, Director of Marketing for Stratus Vineyards, remarked that “Stratus Vineyards recognizes the growing demand from a concerned public that the wine community contribute to the ever-increasing need for responsible environmental behavior.” Certainly, Stratus Vineyards provides a prime example to other vineyards as a business not only innovative in the way it crafts its wine (blending several grape varieties to create wines of complexity) but also in the environmentally friendly initiatives it has taken that led to its LEED certification.

To visit the Stratus Vineyards website, click here.

To read the GreenBiz article on Stratus Vineyards, click here.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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