We advance resource efficiency

for horticultural producers.

Resource Innovation Institute is a trusted non-profit providing guidance and data for cultivators and their project partners to use to optimize facilities for efficiency and productivity.

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Our Story

To drive a resource efficient cannabis and controlled environment agriculture future, we establish industry standards, facilitate best practices, and advocate for effective policies and utility incentives.

Resource Innovation Institute achieves its mission by focusing our work in three areas:

Baselines & Benchmarks, Policies & Programs, Standards & Best Practices.

We Publish Peer-Reviewed Best Practices

Resource Innovation Institute publishes brand-agnostic recommendations and hosts virtual and in-person educational events to accelerate knowledge transfer about resource efficiency among cultivators, their project teams and important industry stakeholders. We engage in dialogues with growers to shape the industry standards of the future.
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RII Curriculum & Events
Our educational courses assemble trusted industry subject matter experts and feature growers of all kinds.

Efficient Yields cultivation workshops for producers. Best practices on energy, water efficiency, and productivity.  ➝

Harvesting Savings workshops for utilities & programs. Best practices on energy efficiency for indoor agriculture.  ➝

Growing Efficiency workshops for design & construction. Best practices on design and construction for horticulture.  ➝

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U.S. Legal Cannabis Water Use to Almost Double by 2025
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 HVAC and lighting technologies for cannabis and controlled environment agriculture. We are here to show growers how to use efficient

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INTELLIGENCE

Resource Benchmarking, Baselines & Standards

PowerScore, our resource benchmarking platform analyzes facility-level performance on energy, emissions, water and waste. We help compare farm performance against similar peers. Cultivators and their supply chain partners can assess differences between HVAC and lighting technologies designed for cannabis cultivation.

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POLICY & UTILITY COORDINATION

Resource Efficient Controlled Environment Agriculture

As an objective, data-driven non-profit organization, RII informs effective policies and incentives that accelerate conservation. RII has provided a trusted, stakeholder-driven voice as leading jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, California, Illinois and Colorado, have established policies and codes addressing the energy and water impacts of cannabis cultivation and controlled environment agriculture. In late 2019, RII formed its Utility Working Group on Controlled Environment Agriculture to enable power suppliers and energy efficiency program administrators to learn from each other and advance best practices on program design, savings methodologies and grower outreach.

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Resource Innovation Institute: Advancing Resource Efficiency to Create a Better Agricultural Future