What Is Cannabis Teaching Us
About Our Agricultural Future?


The mission of Resource Innovation Institute is to advance resource efficiency to cultivate a better agricultural future. We achieve our mission by focusing our work in three areas: Intelligence, Policy and Education.


Improve Your Efficiency With RII’s Best Practices Guides

The horticultural market has changed a lot, technology has advanced, and so have the technical terms used to describe everything. RII's peer reviewed Best Practices Guides help growers understand the most resource-efficient technologies and how to use them to boost profitability. Our membership is comprised of subject matter experts with the knowledge to help you build and operate the most high-performance and cost-effective facility for cultivating plant life. You may be looking for a source of reliable third-party information, motivated to reduce overhead for your business, or have goals for a more energy efficient facility. Whatever the reason, when you are considering a decision related to the systems used in your facility, we hope you lay the groundwork with the insights offered in our Best Practices Guides.

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Policy & utility coordination

Leveraging Support For Efficient Cultivation

Throughout the fall of 2018, we facilitated 25 stakeholders in making recommendations to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on how it could adapt its cannabis energy and climate regulations, the first in the world. We are now advising Illinois and California, as well as other states, provinces and countries, on regulatory and incentive-based approaches, rulemaking, code development and stakeholder facilitation. Through our Utility Working Group on Controlled Environment Agriculture and our partnerships with organizations like DesignLights Consortium, we increase uptake of program design best practices, including the advancement of prescriptive incentives on technologies such as LED lighting.

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Best Practices Knowledge Transfer

With our Efficient Yields cultivation workshops and our Cultivation Best Practices Guides, we convene peer-reviewed guidance and dialogues that are shaping the industry standards of the future.

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RII is moving the industry a giant leap forward with the Cannabis PowerScore by helping companies like ours obtain a clear picture of financials while working to minimize our environmental footprint. They’re a partner we trust to maintain our information in strict confidence and an invaluable asset for growth in this highly competitive market.

Jesse Peters and Kate Guptill, Eco Firma Farms, Oregon

Proud to be called "...blandly named but increasingly influential..."


The PowerScore tool has helped Yerba Buena analyze the efficiencies of our power usage and has helped us understand the effectiveness of our resource management strategies.

Casey Rivero, Director of Cultivation, Yerba Buena