We cultivate a better future for all of humanity through the measurement, verification and celebration of the world’s most efficient agricultural ideas. We emphasize collaboration across disciplines to advance energy efficiency, water circularity and decarbonization in the controlled environment agriculture sector.
Resource Innovation Institute is a government, utility, vendor and producer supported non-profit organization driving the adoption and celebration of resource efficiency and sustainability in the CEA and cannabis sectors.
Founded in 2016, RII initially focused its efforts on one of the most under-studied and often resource-intensive crop categories: Cannabis. From establishing the first benchmarking platform to empower producers and objectively inform the broader market to bringing together stakeholders to address proposed regulations in key jurisdictions, RII’s work has made a critical imprint on the most rapidly-evolving sectors of agriculture. Since then, we have expanded our scope of work to include a range of crops grown in controlled environments.
In 2020, in partnership with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), RII was awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The three-year project titled Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture, commenced in April 2021, and aims to develop and execute a market transformation strategy rooted in collaboration.