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RII Releases Cannabis Energy & Environment Policy Primer

The publication was peer-reviewed by RII’s Policy Working Group, leading researchers, and policy and equity advocatesOn April 21st, just ahead of Earth Day, RII released its Cannabis Energy & Environment Policy Primer: For Federal, State, and Local Policy Makers and Regulators. The purpose of the Primer is to provide objective guidance and assistance to jurisdictions…
May 6, 2021
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ASTM Call for Abstracts for D37 Global Cannabis Workshop

Abstracts focused on Advancing the Field of Cannabis Through StandardizationRII is a member of ASTM and our Technical Director serves actively on subcommittees as well as the ASTM D37 Committee Global Workshop Workgroup. We are pleased to extend this invitation for you to present at the 2nd Global Workshop on Advancing the Field of Cannabis…
April 4, 2021
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Derek Smith Invited to Advisory Group for Coalition Promoting Responsible Federal Cannabis Regulation

RII’s Executive Director Joins Other Subject Matter Experts in Center of Excellence for Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education & Regulation (CPEAR)RII Executive Director Derek Smith was recently named to the Center of Excellence for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education & Regulation (CPEAR). CPEAR works to advance comprehensive policy solutions for cannabis legalization and regulation.…
April 4, 2021
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Moving from Models to Facility Data

Quantifying Emissions Impacts of Cannabis and Commercial Agriculture with PowerScoreResource Innovation Institute (RII), a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance resource efficiency to cultivate a better agricultural future, provides best practices guidance on resource efficient cultivation technologies and techniques via peer-reviewed reports and curated events. RII’s resource benchmarking platform, PowerScore, enables cultivators to gain…
April 2, 2021
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Lansing Board of Water & Light Partners with RII to Accelerate Producer and Utility Program Success

RII Demonstrates New “Harvesting Savings” Workshops In February, RII delivered a workshop series for the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL), an electricity and water utility serving communities in Lansing, Michigan. LBWL’s Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) programs help customers operating cannabis production facilities receive technical assistance and financial incentives for efficient equipment. LBWL brought…
March 1, 2021
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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 the clean energy industry, and provided information about the progress needed to combat environmental racism.…
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 New Frontier Data hosted industry briefing webinar. The webinar will focus on the policy and…
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 uncertain, but it is crucial that all crops grown in greenhouses are able to 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 entered into the PowerScore Grow survey.  In 2020, RII deployed PowerScore Comply for Massachusetts cultivators…
January 8, 2021
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United Nations Designates 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

On December 15, 2020, the United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV), an awareness campaign that seeks to highlight the important role of fruits and vegetables in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals*. Fruit and vegetables are considered edible parts of plants (e.g., seedbearing structures, flowers, buds, leaves,…
January 7, 2021
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The Importance of the Movement Behind the 2020 Justice For Black Farmers Act

Black voices share their narratives about discrimination, and their advocacy to advance an equitable agricultural future The Acres of Ancestry Initiative Black Agrarian Fund, a nonprofit regenerating custodial landownership, ecological stewardship, and food and fiber economies in the Southern US, recently hosted a webinar on the United States Senate Bill S.4929, the Justice for Black…
January 4, 2021