Policies, Programs & Practices to Advance Efficient Greenhouse & Indoor Farming
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 25, 2022) – Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2022 Resilient Harvests Conference to be held in Long Beach, California November 1-2, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency.
With a focus on environmental excellence in controlled environment agriculture, the conference seeks to present papers and programs that cover coordinated support systems to achieve energy efficiency, water circularity, and emissions reduction opportunities in greenhouses and indoor farms.
“Controlled Environment Agriculture is a tremendously fast-growing sector, with emerging policies, programs and practices aimed at increasing resource efficiency,” shares RII Executive Director Derek Smith. “We named this gathering the Resilient Harvests Conference because it represents the opportunity in front of governments, utilities, standards organizations and industry leaders to join together to collaboratively envision how to advance a more resilient agricultural future. With California about to release horticultural energy codes that will become a global blueprint, this is the right place to have the right conversations at the right time.”
“Building on its successful 2020 Indoor Agriculture Energy Solutions Conference, RII will again bring together a dynamic mix of participants from the design and construction industry, vendors, utilities, energy efficiency programs, governments, research institutions, and leading greenhouse and indoor horticultural producers,” notes Jen Amann, Senior Fellow at American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “The conference program and associated events are designed to spur a robust dialog on the latest tools, techniques, and strategies for improving efficiency in CEA and continue building a community of professionals dedicated to resilient food, medicine, and floral production.”
The following tracks are developed to support the conference theme of “Policies, Programs & Practices to Advance Efficient Greenhouse & Vertical Farming”
- CEA Regulations, Codes, and Standards:Policies shaped by governments and industry organizations influence the resource efficiency of CEA operations at the regional and national level. Presentations in the “CEA Regulations, Codes, and Standards” track will explore the range of mandatory requirements and voluntary standards and certifications in play for greenhouses and indoor cultivation facilities. Sessions in this track will explore the impact of efficiency and safety standards, energy codes, and environmental regulations on building systems and their role in promoting the adoption of technologies and practices that encourage energy efficiency, water conservation, and emissions reductions.
- Programs for Efficient CEA Production:Energy efficiency programs support producers with technical assistance and reduce the capital cost of high-performance equipment while delivering cost-effective energy savings and relieving energy supply constraints. Utilities also serve customers with educational resources to enhance business success and can help achieve government goals for energy use and emissions reductions. Presentations highlighting innovative controlled environment agriculture incentive offerings and training models would fit in the “Programs for Efficient CEA Production” track. Sessions in this track will focus on strategies for coordinated support systems to overcome barriers to resource efficiency and issues specific to emerging technologies.
- Best Practices for CEA FacilitiesSharing producer stories through best practices guidance can be an effective way to increase awareness, counter technology-specific skepticism, and build trust for new approaches and equipment. The “Best Practices for CEA Facilities” track will share presentations related to high-performance facility design & construction, efficient horticultural lighting, resilient HVAC systems for greenhouses and vertical indoor farms, and environmental controls systems for automating and monitoring diverse facility systems. Sessions in this track will explore case studies of CEA facilities using best practices to operate high-performance systems and achieve excellence in productivity and efficiency.
Abstracts for technical presentations (400 words or less) are due May 23, 2022. Submitters of accepted presentations will be notified by July 15. Draft presentations will be reviewed in advance of the conference by the session moderator and feedback will be provided in speaker planning calls. Final conference presentations are due September 30, 2022.
Accepted conference presentations are published in the RII catalog as part of the Proceedings of the Resilient Harvests Conference.
For more information on the call for papers and the 2022 Resilient Harvests Conference, visit resilientharvestsconference.com.
About the organizations
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 indoor 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 ResourceInnovation.org. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit research organization, develops policies to reduce energy waste and combat climate change. Its independent analysis advances investments, programs, and behaviors that use energy more effectively and help build an equitable clean energy future. ACEEE is a sponsoring partner of the Resilient Harvests Conference.
About Endeavor Business Media
Headquartered in Nashville, TN, Endeavor Business Media, LLC was formed in late 2017 to acquire and operate trade publications, websites, events, and marketing solutions. The company targets U.S. B2B audiences in the advanced technology, aviation, buildings & construction, commercial transportation, dental, design engineering, facilities maintenance, energy, fire & public safety, industrial, lasers, lighting, manufacturing, medical, oil & gas, public utilities, security, technology, vehicle repair, vending, and water & wastewater markets. For more information, visit www.endeavorbusinessmedia.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.