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Resource Innovation Institute seeks subject matter experts to advise on USDA funded best practices guidance for CEA producers

By September 30, 2021No Comments

Portland, Ore. (September 22, 2021)–Resource Innovation Institute (RII), is currently recruiting for the following Technical Advisory Council working groups to support our USDA project titled Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). RII is a non-profit organization whose mission is to measure, verify and celebrate the world’s most efficient agricultural ideas. RII’s Technical Advisory Council is the leading multidisciplinary body aggregating knowledge to support producers and other stakeholders with objective and peer-reviewed data and curriculum on CEA resource efficiency and productivity. 

Working group members will advise on the development of CEA Best Practices Guides that will be distributed by USDA, thereby providing recognition for contributing organizations.

  • Facility Design & Construction – Architecture, Construction (mechanical and electrical contractors, equipment distributors, controls contractors), Engineering (mechanical and electrical, lighting designers), Manufacturing (greenhouse, HVAC, lighting controls), Energy supply (electric, gas microgrid, renewables, back-up, battery storge, energy as a service), Commissioning (mechanical, envelope), Design Review Boards, Cultivation. 
  • Lighting – Engineering, Manufacturing, Cultivation, Controls & Automation, Research. 
  • HVAC – Engineering, Manufacturing, Cultivation, Controls & Automation, Research.
  • Irrigation & Water Reuse – Engineering, Manufacturing, Controls & Automation, Research.

Market actors are welcome to join global category leaders like Grodan, Fluence, Priva, Schneider Electric, Svensson, Signify and others in bringing peer-reviewed guidance on resource efficient cultivation practices to CEA producers. 

Participants will be expected to:

  • Commit to 4-8 well-facilitated, enjoyable one-hour meetings over a compressed period of roughly 3-4 months + ~2 hours of peer review on their own time
  • Willing to provide required matching funds.

For more information on the Technical Advisory Council Working Groups, please visit: 


Qualified parties are encouraged to express interest by Oct. 11 to Hamza Bahri, Communications & Community Manager, at Please include qualifications, references and relevant project information. 


About Resource Innovation Institute: Resilient harvests for the next hundred years.

Resource Innovation Institute is an objective, data-driven non-profit organization whose mission is to measure, verify and celebrate the world’s most efficient agricultural ideas. We cultivate a better future for all of humanity with our vision of resilient harvests for the next hundred years. Our consortium of members brings perspectives from across the field—uniting architects  and engineers, growers and operators, researchers and analysts. Founded in 2016 to advise governments, utilities and industry leaders on the resource impacts of cannabis cultivation, an under-studied and resource-intensive market, we have since extended our research to other sectors in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture. To take on the challenges of our changing world, we  believe that food, medicine and other vital crops demand data-driven insights, securely shared with  integrity. By nurturing the human connections in our complex and dynamic industry, we can build deeply restorative systems for people and the planet. Visit our website at Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.