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Amplifying the Intertwining of Black and Environmental Histories

RII Celebrates Black History Month To honor Black History Month, the Interstate Renewable Energy Coalition (IREC) recently shared stories about Black leaders in the environmental sustainability landscape, highlighted organizations bringing about environmental justice and representation of people of color in…
March 1, 2021
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The Rising Tide of RII’s Water Working Group

RII Technical Advisory Council Demonstrates How Data-Driven Collaboration Can Improve Policies and Practices The culmination of the nearly year-long efforts by RII’s Water Working Group to study water usage in the cannabis industry will take place March 10 during a…
March 1, 2021
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Guidance for Greenhouse Growers Seeking Resource Efficiency

In the January 2021 issue of Greenhouse Grower magazine, Resource Innovation Institute Executive Director Derek Smith offered advice for business owners and facility staff navigating regulations and energy codes while achieving resource-efficient, productive, and profitable operations. "The future may be…
February 1, 2021
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2020 Vision: A Year of PowerScore Upgrades

Since 2017, PowerScore has served cultivators with facility performance benchmarks providing key performance indicators (KPIs)  for energy, water, and waste efficiency and productivity for outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor cannabis operations using one year of self-reported resource consumption and production data…
January 8, 2021
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Reduce Expenses by Commissioning Your Cultivation Facility

In the November issue of Cannabis Business Times, RII’s Technical Director Gretchen Schimelpfenig shared the benefits of commissioning for cannabis production facilities in A Shipbuilding Concept that Can Save You Money. She shared the results of a 2018 study showing…
November 10, 2020
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RII Hosting Liquid-Cooled LED Lighting Workshop

RII Partners with LDL, DLC, ASABE & Three Manufacturer Members to Host Liquid-Cooled LED Lighting Workshop Evaluating Emerging Technologies for Efficiency Program Incentives Register now for our upcoming workshop on 10/29 at 1 pm ET on liquid-cooled LED lighting technology…
October 6, 2020
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Massachusetts Cannabis Cultivators Benefit from RII Services

Commonwealth Operators Have Easier Path Toward Energy Efficiency and Economic Vitality Resource Innovation Institute, in partnership with American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, are nearing completion of a comprehensive project to support Massachusetts cannabis cultivators with peer-reviewed resources to help…
October 6, 2020
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2020 RII Member Meeting Highlights

On September 29th, RII’s Executive Director Derek Smith led our first Member Meeting, gathering 59 attendees together to check in on 2020 progress, provide a venue for discussion, and offer members a roadmap for 2021. We have been expanding our…
October 6, 2020
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Growing and Drying Hemp Efficiently in Vermont

RII served on a panel of experts on August 6th, 2020 to support the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture for their 2020 Hemp Growing Season Webinar Series for CBD Post-Harvest…
September 24, 2020