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New Technical Advisory Council Working Groups

By November 13, 2019March 8th, 2020No Comments

Leaders of Top Lighting, HVAC, Engineering & Cultivation Companies Developing Best Practices Guides to be Released at MJBizCon Vegas


Portland, Ore. (Nov. 12, 2019) — Respected experts in the fields of horticultural lighting and HVAC have been appointed to two new working groups within the Resource Innovation Institute (RII) Technical Advisory Council. The new members are working with RII to develop two Best Practices Guides, one on LED Lighting for Cannabis Cultivation & Controlled Environment Agriculture and the other on HVAC for Cannabis Cultivation & Controlled Environment Agriculture. The advice in the Guides is also relevant to cultivation of other crops grown in controlled environments. The Guides will be released at MJBizCon Vegas’ Associations Day at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 3pm.

“Cannabis cultivators are facing cost pressures that require them to operate their production facilities more efficiently. Yet they don’t know who to trust. So we’ve assembled some of the most experienced voices in the industry to develop the first peer reviewed best practices in lighting and HVAC,” said Derek Smith, Executive Director of RII.

2019-2020 Technical Advisory Council Members Include:

Lighting Working Group:

HVAC Working Group:

RII instituted its Technical Advisory Council in February 2017 to determine best practices for resource efficiency in cannabis cultivation. RII will be adding experts to upcoming working groups focused on water, waste, non-grid power, policy and carbon sequestration. To be considered, contact RII through its website.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Shawna McGregor at or 917-971-7852.

Resource Innovation Institute: Advancing Resource Efficiency to Create a Better Cannabis Future

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance resource efficiency to create a better agricultural future. Founded in 2016 in Portland, OR, USA, RII’s Board of Directors includes the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a former Energy Policy Advisor to two Oregon governors, a former board member of the US Green Building Council and leading cannabis industry players. The organization has unique expertise on data, policy and education related to energy use in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Its Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking tool is backed by the world’s largest dataset on CEA energy use. RII’s Technical Advisory Council is the leading multi-disciplinary body assessing the environmental impacts and best practices associated with cultivation resource issues. In 2018, RII advised the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the establishment of the world’s first cannabis energy regulations, and it is now advising other governments on CEA-related energy policies. RII’s Efficient Yields cultivation workshops are the only grower-led, non-commercial venues for the exchange of resource efficient cultivation best practices. RII is funded by utilities, foundations, governments and leading members of the supply chain serving CEA, from LED manufacturers to HVAC engineers.

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