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Jackson Family Wines pledge $3 million to University of California at Davis

Jackson Family Wines has pledged $3 million to University of California at Davis for the construction of the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building.

The building will showcase technology that demonstrates how a winery can capture, filters, and reuse rainwater.

It will also house equipment that holds carbon dioxide captured from the winery’s fermentation system, resulting in a net zero carbon footprint.

Jackson Family Wines co-proprietors Jess Jackson and Barbara R. Banke announced the donation on Friday at the opening of the University of California at Davis’ new environmentally-progressive winery, brewery, and food-processing complex.

‘We are helping to advance the science of sustainable viticulture specifically, and agriculture generally, while contributing to the education of our next generation of winemakers,’ said Ms. Banke through a spokesperson.

‘Wine made at the facility is and will be strictly for education and research purposes,’ she added.

The building is expected to be completed in 2013.

Written by David Furer

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