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Resource Innovation Institute (RII) and Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) Partner to Bring Efficiency Training & Education to Central Coast Cannabis Producers

By September 30, 2021No Comments

Ventura, CA. (September 6, 2021)–Resource Innovation Institute (RII), in collaboration with Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN), will launch “Efficient Cultivation to Increase Cannabis Profit & Productivity”,  a four-part workshop series and virtual classroom for cannabis cultivation operations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. This training and education program is free to regional producers and industry partners, and features vetted subject matter experts from RII’s Technical Advisory Council. 

The workshops and virtual classroom provide tested and science-based practices related to controls, lighting and more that producers can implement to improve cultivation efficiency.  The program is also intended to support the region in reaching climate and economic development goals including minimizing carbon footprints and maximizing resource conservation as well as long-term tax proceeds for the region’s communities.   

Registration for the workshops and access to the virtual classrooms is available at:  

The four workshops are:

  • Oct. 14, 2021. 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Automation & Controls Best Practices for All Cultivation Environments.
  • Dec. 02, 2021. 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Greenhouse Optimization – Aligning Your Systems with Your Surrounding
  • Feb. 03, 2022. 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Indoor Optimization – HVAC & Lighting Best Practices
  • Apr. 07, 2022. 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Sungrown Efficiency – Optimizing the Energy-Water Nexus

Participants will learn about:

  • Effective use of efficient technologies and techniques, ranging from LED lighting to greenhouse management to automation
  • Engaging resource suppliers to maximize incentives and technical assistance
  • Achieving compliance with relevant energy and environmental laws

Who should attend: 

  • Cultivators
  • Operations & Facility Staff
  • Design & Construction Partners
  • Property Owners
  • Utility & Government Representatives

To schedule an interview or request press credentials, please contact Shawna Seldon McGregor at or 917-971-7852. 

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.

About Tri-County Regional Energy Network

The Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) is a partnership between the Counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura established to deliver energy-saving programs and industry trainings that help reduce energy use, strengthen local job markets, and support efforts to achieve climate goals. For households, 3C-REN offers direct energy saving opportunities, with an emphasis on hard-to-reach and underserved communities. For industry, 3C-REN offers capacity-building services including workforce training and technical energy code support. Serving both public and private sector professionals, 3C-REN responds to the needs of the local building industry to empower a sustainable local economy.