Linganore Winecellars
13601 Glissans Mill Rd
Mount Airy, MD 21771
Capital Region
Green Business of the year award winner 2011. 100% wind powered. Tracking solar connected to EV chargers.
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Our staff is knowledgable of enviromental impact and works to excell in our sustainability goals. We pride ourselves in the amount of recycling and renewables we do use and continue to encourage our staff to continue to accelerate any sustainablity growth.
bulletSet Annual Goals: We have no formal process in place but because we live sustainabilty at the winery we are always on the lookout for what else we could do.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: We source the majority of what we use within the state, we use ecofriendly low weight glass bottles to save fuel, low water use dishwasher, and try to use only reusable materials for service in our tasting room.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: I host school groups in which i talk about the many enviromental practices we support at the winery such as streamside managment and eviromentally sound vineyard practices.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletDo not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery or cups
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletProvide organic, local or sustainable food choices
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse electronic, paperless registration
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
bulletSell sustainable, organic or local products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletInstall carpet with sustainable or recycled content
bulletUse low VOC adhesives
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletUse Organic Farming Principals
bulletUse integrated pest management - IPM
bulletUse Biodynamics
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletTrain staff effectively to use agrochemicals correctly and in proper applications
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
bulletUse natural fertilizers instead of synthetics
bulletUse composted production materials for fertilizer
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletWe save and collect bottles, corks, and vine prunnings for use in weddings and events for repurposed uses in table decorations and other projects. We try to repurpose everyhting we can.
Recycle containers always available to customers and on grounds for wine festivals. We recycled 15+ tons of post consumer waste in 2012
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletOther: Fruit pulp from presses. Cream of Tartar from aging tanks.
bulletSpent pulp is used in vineyards and for deer control. Cream of tartar donated to day care facilities. Glass, paper, cardboard, steel, aluminum pickup up by recycler.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletAll our staff is trained to recycle everything possible. Recycle containers are always available to staff and customers. Since 2011 our bulk recycle container has been larger than our trash container.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletOffer water versus serving automatically
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletUse microfiber technology mops
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletaerators on faucets (0.5 gpm or less for lavatory and 2.2 gpm or less for kitchen faucets)
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletMaintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
bulletCollecting wash-down water and using for irrigation
bulletNatural treatment of production wastewaters for irrigational uses
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Water Conservation and Efficiency:
bulletCollection of water from bottling line for use in vineyard applications
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHave ENERGY STAR rated windows and doors
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletGenerate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
bulletPurchase Green Power from utility
bulletEPA Green Power Partner
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Energy Conservation and Efficiency
bulletIn February 2011 we went 100% wind power and since have installed a tracking solar unit and 2 EV chargers, and skylights in our processing room.
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletTrain all event planner staff on green event techniques
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletMinimize the use of disposable food service items
bulletUse electronic registration, correspondence and forms
bulletUse double-sided printing and copying
bulletUse recycled content paper and soy based ink
bulletActivities we undertake to make our events green are:We encourage all events to be as green as possible. We provide and insist on the proper seperation of recyclable materials into thier appropriate containers.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics regarding Green Events:
bulletDuring our tours we teach about the recycling efforts we have been doing for the past 2 decades and encourage others to follow in our footsteps.
Other Green Practices
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-Employees can work from home when possible
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-Travel objectives are combined whenever possible to reduce fuel usage and time.
bulletIncreasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet-We encourage the use of high MPG and alternative fuel vehicles.
For guests:
bulletEncourage energy efficient vehicle usage
bulletProvide electric charging stations
bulletOur innovative ideas to minimize the impact of Transportation:Have worked over the years with local transportation companies to offer buses and limos which can transport groups to the winery instead of individual car use.
Green Building:
bulletHistoric Property:Repurposed a 200 year old barn into a tasting room and banquet facility. Reused the barn siding for interior woodwork, changes 4000 watts of incandescent light to CFL, High perform windows, installed Aircrete insulation, Radiant floor heating, utilized below grade setting thermal mass for heating and cooling properties.
bulletSustainable Building Materials:Exterior of building is stained concrete fiberboard, Insulation is foamed in place concrete, recycled old barn siding for interior woodwork, Polished and stained concrete floors to reduce flooring material, installed radiant heat in floor
bulletAwards:2011 Maryland Green Business of the year award
Measurable Results
100% wind powered facility since 2011, recycled approx 72,000 lbs of fruit pulp back into the vineyard as compost and deer control. In 2012 recycled over 15 tons of post consumer waste.