Resource Innovation Institute

What We Do

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

Who We Are

RII is a passionate team of multi-disciplinary leaders addressing the opportunity to rapidly transform resource-intensive agricultural sectors toward hyper-efficient production models.

Our Work


With our Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking platform, the world’s largest aggregate data set on cultivation resource use, we advise a range of stakeholders about how, how much and what types of energy and water resources are used across a variety of methods and geographies. We validate usage baselines as well as the most efficient techniques and technologies.


We advise governments and utilities on how to quantify and promote efficiency in resource-intensive agricultural sectors. From Massachusetts to Illinois to California, we collaborate with key stakeholders to collectively shape a consistent and effective framework for driving resource efficiency. Our subject matter expertise includes lighting standards, energy and water reporting, incentives on efficient technologies, and investment in best practices education and technical assistance for growers.


Through our Technical Advisory Council and via direct engagement, we connect dots among standards organizations like ASABE, ASHRAE, ASTM International, and DesignLights Consortium to ensure the marketplace is well-served with aligned standards. In tandem, we facilitate peer-reviewed best practices through our Efficient Yields cultivation workshops and our Cultivation Best Practices Guides.

Who We Serve

Cultivators, operators & business owners

Whether you’re touching the plant, tracking production, or writing business plans, RII is here to help you assess and improve your operation by optimizing resource inputs and production outputs and compare your metrics against peers who grow like you. We recognize high-performance operations with case studies so leaders small and large across a range of cultivation settings can demonstrate their excellence in efficiency.

Governments, utilities, efficiency program administrators, & standards organizations

Utilities and efficiency program implementers work with RII to  access subject matter experts, pool research dollars, and learn from proven approaches in leading regulated markets, from program design to grower outreach. Codewriters, lawmakers, and state agencies value our experience shaping the world’s first policy on cannabis energy use in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and benefit from our policy recommendations to shape a the consistent landscape across North America. Finally, we partner with third-party certification and standards organizations to validate emerging technological solutions, inform the marketplace, and streamline deployment of efficiency incentive offerings.

Supply chain & industry leaders

We enable our manufacturer, engineer, architect and contractor members to serve their cultivation customers better by identifying data-driven opportunities for efficiency improvements and expanding awareness and adoption of high-performance emerging technology via industry education in cannabis and emerging controlled environment agriculture markets. Through our esteemed Technical Advisory Committee, we facilitate peer-reviewed best practices, validate technologies and techniques, and develop stakeholder-driven standards.

Controlled Environment Agriculture

Controlled Environment Agriculture is one of the fastest sectors of the American economy, particularly indoor and greenhouse horticulture. From hemp to lettuce to tomatoes, a variety of crops are increasingly grown with significant amounts of energy, ranging widely depending on how cultivars are grown. From lighting to HVAC to water management systems, energy-consuming and resource-impacting systems are controlling growing environments. There are very few standards to guide decision-making related to advancing efficient production. This challenge is faced by producers, their supply chain partners, governments, utilities and researchers. We are here to provide tools and resources to help producers succeed.
Contact Us

To discuss any of our services, please contact Derek Smith, Executive Director, at