Technical Advisory Council

The Technical Advisory Council (TAC) of Resource Innovation Institute is advisory to RII’s Board of Directors.

The TAC’s charter includes:

Providing guidance on the development of industry standards related to energy, carbon, water and waste
Shaping tools and resources to support best practices on resource efficiency
Informing advocacy on policies, incentives and regulations that support the industry's transformation toward resource efficiency

2019-2020 Technical Advisory Council Members

Lighting

Bryan Jungers, Lead Analyst, E-Source (Colorado)

Bryan Jungers conducts research on emerging, energy-efficient and distributed-energy resource technologies at E Source, a firm that helps utilities and large energy users with critical problems involving energy efficiency, utility customer satisfaction, program design, marketing, customer management, and sustainability. His main areas of expertise lie in resource-efficient cannabis cultivation, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle development, battery and energy storage cost-effectiveness, distributed generation integration and renewable energy power systems. Mr. Jungers has 10 years of experience as an energy engineer and analyst, including for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), California Energy Commission (CEC) and University of California at Davis (UC Davis). He worked as a research manager and product manager at E Source before entering his current role as Lead Analyst. He holds a BS in environmental resource engineering from Humboldt State University, where he studied cannabis resource use and environmental impact, and an MS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Davis. He was also involved in various capacities in the Humboldt cultivation industry for more than a decade. Since 2013, he has consulted on the appropriate use of efficient technologies in indoor cultivation facilities.

Ihor Lys, CTO, Agnetix (California)

Ihor is largely credited with developing several fundamental technologies that render LEDs useful for illumination applications. Having helped propel the widespread cross‐market adoption of LEDs as an illumination source, Ihor helps set the direction for the companyAgnetix's technology advancement and implementation. Ihor co‐founded Color Kinetics in 1997. Upon the company’s acquisition by Philips, Ihor served as its Chief Scientist until 2009. For more than a decade at Color Kinetics, Ihor oversaw the development of new lighting, power and control products and helped formulate corporate strategy and product vision. A prolific inventor, Ihor holds more than 75 issued patents and numerous patent filings. In addition to being honored as Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation in 2008, he has been named to several prestigious industry lists, including the Technology Review TR100, Mass High Tech All‐Stars, and Entertainment Design magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in Entertainment Technology. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and events, Ihor received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1987‐1998).

Lauren Morlino, Emerging Technology and Services Manager, Efficiency Vermont (Vermont)

Lauren Morlino is an Emerging Technologies and Services Manager at Efficiency Vermont, the statewide energy efficiency utility. Lauren researches and prototypes exciting, innovative, and efficient technologies and services for Vermont ratepayers. During her last six years at Efficiency Vermont, Lauren has researched and designed initiatives for lighting, controls, and consumer electronics. She is an external advisor on lighting program design, and has published on lighting and non-lighting topics. Lauren has presented at national conferences including ACEEE, DesignLights Consortium, and Esource.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish from the University of Vermont.

Laura Radetski, Senior Lighting Scientist, Design Lights Consortium (Massachusetts)

Leora Radetsky is a Senior Lighting Scientist at the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) where she focuses on
developing lighting solutions that promote energy optimization, quality, human factors, and
performance in the areas of horticultural and architectural lighting. She has over 20 years of experience
in the lighting industry as a research scientist with the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and Director of Customer Education at Lighting Analysts, Inc. She has extensive
research and engineering experience in horticultural lighting, lighting software, product testing, lighting
controls, photometry, daylighting, outdoor lighting and circadian rhythms. In 2014, she was awarded an
IES Regional Technical Award from the Northeast region for her significant scientific contributions to the
field of illumination. Leora has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering with an Emphasis in Illumination from
the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.S. in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She
is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP.

Jesse Remilard, Senior Engineer, Energy and Resource Solutions (Maine)

Jesse Remillard, PE, is a Senior Engineer at ERS and recently led a detailed cannabis lighting baseline study for Efficiency Nova Scotia for use in their DSM program implementation and evaluation. As part of the Efficiency Maine delivery team for the past 7 years, Jesse has performed energy efficiency assessments on a wide range of facilities, including cannabis cultivation facilities. His other specialties include combined heat and power (CHP) and energy storage technologies. He has an MS in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.

Casey Rivero, Strategic Account Manager, Fluence Bioengineering (Texas)

Casey Rivero is an all around cannabis business professional. Casey has created many efficient cultivation business models with well-established companies in multiple states. Spending more than 20 years in the cannabis community with various enterprises, Casey understands what drives businesses and how to design and build facilities as well as implement efficient operating procedures. He utilizes a commercial design approach when creating a custom solution for any need. Casey is an influential leader in the industry, working hands on to develop new methods and scientific understanding to ensure successful business planning.

Casey maintains a high level of botanical and horticultural understanding. He has designed studies for many leading product manufacturers including lighting, nutrients, soil, software, and HVAC equipment. Casey also lives to educate. Throughout the year you can find him teaching various workshops or giving presentations at conferences around the world.

Ryan Wankel, Grower Liaison, Heliospectra (Sweden)

A second-generation cannabis grower with 25 years of cultivation expertise, Ryan has led commercial teams at large-scale facilities in Denver, Colorado. He earned multiple cannabis cup awards and created successful transitions for his grow operations from traditional HPS to new LED technologies before joining Heliospectra. He now leads cultivation training, provides technical consulting for NCIA members and develops strain-specific lighting strategies with customers.

John Wilson, Stakeholder Solutions Manager, Lighting Design Lab (Washington)

John has worked regionally and nationally with industry partners to lead and support investment in emerging technologies and market research. He spent six years at the Bonneville Power Administration where he managed the regional C+I lighting program and led implementation efforts across the commercial sector. Since 2007 he has also worked with craft producers to increase awareness of energy consumption and to support emerging technologies in the indoor ag space. As Stakeholder Solutions Manager for the Lighting Design Lab, John works on behalf of member utilities to proactively engage industry partners with the goal of facilitating technology-transfer and supporting utilities in their goal to create a positive customer experience.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, John graduated from the University of Washington and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Neil Yorio, VP Horticultural Lighting, BIOS Lighting (Florida)

Currently the vice president of Lighting Research for BIOS Lighting, Neil started his career at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where he served a number of roles supporting the bioregenerative life support systems research program. With the Kennedy Space Center, 20 years of active research involving a number of aspects of photobiology, plant physiology and controlled environment horticulture were applied to keeping humans alive for long-duration space missions. This biological approach required a plant-based life support system where agronomic and horticultural crops were used for food production, oxygen generation, CO2 removal, and water purification for the space-based crew. A major focus of this research was directed at light, specifically photosynthetically active radiation since electric lighting technology is the major cost driver and energy source for the biological life support system. The work on spectral quality research immediately led to using LED solutions to replace inefficient and energy intensive sources for plant lighting (HPS, MH). Many of the peer-reviewed publications generated from the NASA research team are currently cited or at least mentioned in LED grow light marketing literature (often misquoted or misinterpreted). His strong foundation with the plant growth research side of LED technology puts him in a unique position of both understanding the lighting requirements (spectral and intensity), as well as understanding the manufacturing and performance requirements for LED product development. Neil currently holds nine patents. He actively supports BIOS’ agency and distribution network with product specific applications, installation optimizations, and horticultural issues associated with the incorporation of LED technology in controlled environment agricultural facilities, including the legal marijuana sector. Neil is the author or co-author of 55 peer-reviewed scientific publications, six technical memoranda, and one book chapter.

Mike Zartarian, Principal, Zartarian Engineering (Massachusetts)

Mike grew up in the agricultural community of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. There he developed a deep respect for both conventional and small scale organic production methods. He attended Northeastern University earning a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and spent the first part of his career designing speaker systems and audio electronics for performing musicians. The switch to precision agriculture came naturally, and he has worked on a wide variety of projects in both cannabis and vegetable production, focusing on LED systems, sensors, power systems and facility design. Mike is the principal of Zartarian Engineering in Boston, MA.
HVAC

Laura Breit, CEO, Root Engineers (Oregon)

Laura Breit is the founder and owner of Oregon-based firms Root Engineers and ColeBreit Engineering. She is a professional mechanical engineer specializing in the design of HVAC, plumbing, and process systems for the cannabis industry. Using her experience in traditional engineering methods through Root Engineers parent company, ColeBreit Engineering, she applies her team’s depth of knowledge to create efficient and economically sound solutions for cultivation and processing facilities. Taking a custom approach to each project, Laura has experience working in the traditional design-bid-build method, as well as in the design-build arena. She enjoys the dynamic nature of the cannabis industry, and since legalization in her home state of Oregon in 2014, Laura has led her team of mechanical and electrical engineers on more than 80 cannabis-related projects across the country. She thrives on building relationships with building owners, growers, architects, contractors and investors. Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Nick Collins, Associate Director, Energy & Resource Solutions (Maine)

Nick Collins, PE, is the Associate Director of ERS’s Maine office. He is a professional engineer and a nationally recognized expert on energy use and facility performance in cannabis and indoor agriculture. His areas of expertise include the monitoring and verification of energy efficiency projects and the analysis of energy efficiency and demand-limiting measures in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. Nick has been on the delivery team implementing Efficiency Maine programs for the past 10 years. He has led numerous impact evaluations of utility and program administrator incentive programs in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors including the last three consecutive NYSERDA Industrial Process and Efficiency (IPE) gross impact evaluations. For the past three years, Nick has applied his expertise to the indoor cannabis cultivation industry where he has toured dozens of facilities, performed scoping audits, detailed technical reviews, and ground-breaking measurement and verification activities on indoor facilities throughout the Northeast and Colorado. Nick has been presenting these findings and training other professionals on the topic of energy use and efficiency in indoor cannabis cultivation at conferences across the country. He has published papers and presented with ACEEE, IEPEC, IEC, KEEA, NESEA, and EUCI. He is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association Facility Design Committee. Before joining ERS, Nick was a project manager in construction management on projects including Gillette Stadium, Terminal A at Logan Airport, and the Walker Art Building renovation and expansion at Bowdoin College. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine.

Keith Coursin, President, Desert Aire (Wisconsin)

Keith Coursin is the president of Desert Aire LLC, a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of integrated environmental control systems including GrowAire™ Systems for the cannabis cultivation industry. In addition to his duties at Desert Aire, Mr. Coursin served in 2009 as chairman of the board of directors of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). He has also served on numerous AHRI committees. Mr. Coursin is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Keith Coursin’s efforts to drive market-based solutions that promote resource efficiency include development of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code as well as ANSI/ACCA standards detailed in the CDC’s HVAC Design for Swimming Pools & Spas (Manual SPS).

Dan Dettmers, Applications Engineers, Madison IAQ (Wisconsin)

Dan Dettmers is an Application Engineer at Madison IAQ and their Controlled Environmental Agriculture divisions of Quest, Agronomic IQ and Cultivation Air. Prior to MIAQ, Mr. Dettmers dedicated over 20 years to research and instruction at U.W.-Madison, primarily in industrial refrigeration for food and pharmaceutical processing. Additionally, he was a founder of Gorst Valley Hops and Bine Implement where he developed disruptive technology to dry hops (Cannabaceae Humulus lupulus) at ambient temperatures for improved preservation of terpenes, aroma and flavor. Within the HVAC&R industry, Mr. Dettmers has chaired and served on multiple Standing and Technical Committees in ASHRAE, including development ASHRAE’s Position Documents on Natural Refrigerants, Ozone Depleting Substances and Ammonia as a Refrigerant. In his current role, Mr. Dettmers leads Madison IAQ’s efforts to develop more efficient methods for handling latent loads and improving the air quality for Cannabis and all Controlled Environmental Agriculture operations.

Mike Farnsworth, Regional Sales Manager, Dynamic Air Quality Solutions (Oregon)

Mike Farnsworth, CAFS, is an indoor air quality (IAQ) professional with Dynamic Air Quality Solutions where he is responsible for commercial sales and engineering support for ten states in the Western U.S. and Canada. As an IAQ professional, Mike has addressed many industry trade groups and associations about IAQ, energy savings, maintenance, sustainability and facilities management issues. In this role he has provided analysis for odor and contaminant control on a wide variety of projects within key market segments that include higher education, government, healthcare and museums. After almost a decade in mechanical services and healthcare architecture, Mike was recruited by Nortek Air Solutions - Huntair as the lead architectural engineer for its healthcare division in Oregon. HIs experience has led to a strong understanding of IAQ and the impact of air filtration on mechanical systems and sustainability. Recent projects include the Biology Laboratory at University of Saskatchewan, the Environmental Health Laboratory in Anchorage, and the world’s largest cannabis facility – Aurora Sky in Edmonton, Alberta. Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Architectural Studies and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Adrian Giovenco, CEO, InSpire Transpiration Solutions (California)

Adrian Giovenco is a passionate engineer with over a decade of experience designing, selling and commissioning Trane HVAC and process systems in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Recognizing that there is a knowledge gap around fully understanding plant transpiration rates and how they impact controlled environments, he founded InSpire to focus on Advanced Transpiration Solutions. InSpire’s purpose-built systems for agriculture allow for precise environmental control throughout the growing cycle and into dry/cure and process manufacturing. The benefits derived from InSpire's systems expertise include maximizing biomass, optimizing terpenes and cannabinoids, reducing operating costs, extending equipment life, and providing a significant reduction in risk correlated to crop failures. You can find InSpire online at www.InSpire.ag or on Instagram at inspire_transpiration. Adrian is an active member and past president of ASHRAE in Northern California, he sits on the Cal Poly SLO Mechanical Engineering HVAC&R Technical Advisory Council, and he currently serves on the NCIA Facilities Design Committee and the Resource Innovation Institute Technical Advisory Committee HVAC Working Group.

Jesce Horton, Founder and CEO, LOWD (Oregon)

As a former automation engineer with Siemens, a long-time craft cultivator and current operator of an efficiently-designed facility, Jesce is uniquely suited to advise on HVAC best practices.

Christopher Perry, Senior Analyst, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (Massachusetts)

Christopher Perry conducts research to support energy-efficiency building codes and equipment standards, as well as smart and grid-interactive buildings. He joined ACEEE in 2015.

Prior to joining ACEEE, Chris worked at URS Corporation in Ohio as an energy management engineer, and most recently in Virginia as a sustainability consultant at JDM Associates.

Chris is a registered professional engineer in Washington DC, LEED Accredited Professional (building design + construction), and Certified Energy Manager. He earned a masters in engineering management from George Washington University and a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Kelson Redding, Account Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon (Oregon)

My name is Kelson Redding and I am an Energy Engineer at Energy 350. A large part of my last three years has been dedicated to working with Energy Trust of Oregon to influence Oregon’s indoor cultivators to make energy efficient choices when selecting their HVAC and dehumidification choices. Through this work I have analyzed many different HVAC system designs for cannabis facilities and have developed a thorough understanding of the demands of the environment. My background is in mechanical engineering and manufacturing where I have cultivated a detailed approach to finding presenting practical solutions.

Troy Rippe, Director of Research and Development, Surna (Colorado)

Troy Rippe, Director of Engineering, Research and Development for Surna Inc., has been a LEED-Accredited Professional for nine years and holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University (CSU). His passion is helping clients identify the best fit for their mechanical systems while balancing code compliance, precise temperature and humidity control, energy consumption, and initial as well as ongoing costs. Since graduating from CSU, Mr. Rippe has worked in the HVAC industry in some capacity for more than 13 years in system design, energy modeling, and controls.

Mr. Rippe has been directly involved in thousands of projects over his career including DX/packaged roof-top units (RTUs) and split systems, variable air-volume (VAV) systems, self-contained units, four-pipe and two-pipe terminal unit projects, and air-handling units (AHUs) with and without heat and energy recovery. He has managed a large range of projects with schools, hospitals, natatorium environments, data centers, office buildings, and cultivation facilities for clients in a variety of industries and markets. In Mr. Rippe’s early career, he worked at Siemens as a project engineer for control systems and had extensive exposure to controls and controls integration for these types of projects including software-hardware integration. Mr. Rippe is a member of ASHRAE and has consulted on energy modeling, code compliance, and return-on-investment for owners and designers. During his years as an account manager at Trane, he was recognized among the top ten achievers and was consulted in new partnership and product development.

Mr. Rippe has conducted hundreds of presentations as a project engineer and account manager. He has conducted training and acted as a mentor to junior level engineers and is a valued by his peers for offering the most cost-effective and energy-conscious ways to address unique mechanical-system challenges inherent in indoor agriculture.

Nadia Sabeh, President, Dr. Greenhouse (California)

Dr. Nadia Sabeh is President and Founder of Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., an agricultural and mechanical engineering firm that specializes in the design of HVAC systems for indoor plant environments. Dr. Sabeh first became interested in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) as an undergraduate, while working on a small shiitake and oyster mushroom farm in southern Idaho. For over 20 years, Dr. Sabeh has dedicated her education and career to helping farmers control their environments, allowing them to grow crops indoors, in greenhouses and in facilities that would otherwise be impossible or impractical to do so. She and her team have designed HVAC systems for facilities growing leafy greens, strawberries, cannabis, and vine crops all over the world. Dr. Sabeh has her PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) and is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the State of California. She currently serves as the Chair of a new ASABE/ASHRAE co-sponsored committee that is developing the standard “HVAC for Indoor Plant Environments without Sunlight.”

Gretchen Schimelpfenig, C&I Energy Engineer, Burlington Electric (Vermont)

Gretchen Schimelpfenig is a registered Civil Professional Engineer in California and Vermont and is a C&I Energy Engineer at the Burlington Electric Department where she helps her customers like the University of Vermont save energy in their buildings and processes. She has a MS in Civil Engineering – Sustainable Design & Construction (Energy) from Stanford University and spent 2 years commissioning MEP systems in large commercial and industrial buildings and evaluating energy efficiency programs in New England before switching to designing and implementing them for customers in Burlington, Vermont. Gretchen has published research for the U.S. Green Building Council on the topic of ground-source heat pumps and has a specialty in analyzing the interactive effects between HVAC and lighting systems.

Shane Schmitt, GM/Founder, Wy'east Oregon Gardens (Oregon)

Shane Schmitt is the General Manager and Founder of Wy’east Oregon Gardens (WE OG). Shane built out his company with a simple mission to produce high quality cannabis as energy efficiently as possible. WE OG was recognized by the RII as runner up for the 2019 Energy Innovation Award. As a native Oregonian, he has been part of the cannabis industry since the early medical days. He sold his pet door manufacturing business in 2015 and jumped with both feet into the recreational cannabis industry bringing together his 20 years of experience in finance, construction, and manufacturing.

Chip Seidel, Channel Manager, Anden (Wisconsin)

Chip holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Grinnell college and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. For the last 10 years he has worked with dehumidifiers and air filtration equipment across several different industries including restoration, whole house dehumidification, crawlspace encapsulation/ pest control, and marine moisture control. Chip has extensive experience with new product development having overseen the development of desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers ranging from 4,000 pints per day to 70, HEPA air scrubbers, air movement equipment and basement/ crawlspace dehumidifiers. Chip now leads the Anden team working to develop world class climate control equipment for the indoor agriculture space. In his free time you can find chip working on home improvement projects, skiing, playing soccer, or hanging out on the water with his wife and two dogs.

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2017-2018 Technical Advisory Council Members

Cultivation

Jesse Dodd, Biovortex (California)

Jesse Dodd is a lifelong gardener with a keen interest in living soils. He specializes in multifaceted composting strategies, utilizing appropriate biology, based on location and materials in an attempt to optimize the process. By tailoring composting techniques, Jesse develops site-specific plans to efficiently turn organic matter and agricultural waste into living soils while sequestering carbon and improving the quality of the medicine. He is the creator of Biovortex, a living conceptual art piece, utilizing the mediums of gardening, soil building, breeding, photography, writing, imagination, social media, conversations, events and presentations, with the goal of influencing the cannabis industry in the direction of a profitable and environmentally regenerative future. He has been involved in many cultivation events, including the Cultivation Classic (Portland), the Living Soil Symposium (Southern Oregon), Cannifest (Humboldt), the Spring Kick Off (Southern Humboldt), Cali Dep Fest (Santa Cruz), the Golden Tarp Awards (Southern Humboldt) and the Emerald Cup (Sonoma County).

Jacob Freepons, Kanna Botanicals (California)

Jacob Freepons is Founder of Kanna Botanicals and is a third generation farmer and a cannabis cultivator of over 15 years, with a large volume of work in design and development of both cannabis and regenerative, organic farms. Specific examples of these range from indoor grow environments to off-grid passive solar greenhouse projects and the design and construction of the world’s largest aquaponics facility. His most recent work involved the extensive design, build and management of a demonstration farm that integrates “waste to resource” technologies (fuel, heat, nutrients, water, etc.) with beyond organic food production in a mix of 14 acres of greenhouse and field operations.

Tyson Hayworth, sofresh farms (Oregon)

Born raised in a big Oregon family that has generational roots in Oregon. Tyson went to high school in Eugene and to college at U of O for Sustainable Business Management and graduated from the University of Phoenix for Business Management and Marketing. Tyson worked for Oregon’s own, Organically Grown Company directing operations for the NW region’s largest organic produce wholesaler. Tyson started growing medically in a garage for Michelle in 2007, the two started Solar Fresh LLC in 2010 with a basement medical cannabis grow and a backyard 20’x20’ lit greenhouse to grow local organic wintertime tomatoes and sell them to New Seasons market and local farmers markets in the off season. Tyson and Michelle started farming cannabis full time as sofresh farms shortly after the passage of Oregon HB3460. Tyson helped open Oregon’s Finest Pearl district location in 2014–Oregon’s first state licensed dispensary. He is regularly asked to speak about regenerative growing techniques and business practices. As Board Member and PAC chair of the Oregon Cannabis Association, Tyson actively engages local and national politicians to support positive changes to cannabis laws—de-schedule cannabis!

Nick Hice, Denver Relief Consulting (Colorado)

As Denver Relief Consulting’s Lead Cultivation Consultant, Nick Hice works hands on with cultivators and facilities internationally, where he interacts with a variety of teams utilizing a range of mechanical systems and sustainable practices. In that role, he is also actively involved in the design, layout and construction process for many DRC clients. Mr. Hice is an active member of National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Cultivation Committee and the Cannabis Sustainability Workgroup established by the City of Denver Dept. of Environmental Health.

Jeremy Plumb, Newcleus (Oregon)

Jeremy Plumb is CEO of Newcleus. In that role, he has designed a state-of-the-art glasshouse production facility in Aurora, Oregon. With 20+ years cultivation experience and an environmental studies degree from New College of SF, Mr. Plumb has developed some pointed and distinct insights about the adoption of ecological thinking. He has also established an international network of scientists and thought leaders to establish best practices in cannabis cultivation. As founder of the Cultivation Classic, Mr. Plumb is partnering with RII to collection a cannabis production carbon footprint data set.

Casey Rivero, Yerba Buena (Oregon)

Casey Rivero is Cultivation Manager at Yerba Buena, a cannabis producer near Hillsboro, Oregon. Yerba Buena was the first cannabis farm to receive Energy Trust of Oregon rebates. Mr. Rivero’s background is in facility and irrigation design and maintenance. He has nearly 20 years of cultivation experience, managing indoor, outdoor, greenhouse, permaculture and light deprivation gardens on a variety of scales. He has also owned and operated a cannabis cultivation facility design firm.

Michael Wheeler, Flow Kana (California)

Trying on cannabis policy after 12 years in energy. The same combination of grassroots+business support, public opinion, and an evolving marketplace that allowed solar energy to move into the mainstream exists today in cannabis. Few other market changes can drive such massive environmental and public policy benefits while generating such significant wealth. I still play in clean energy too. I am experienced across a range of geographies with a focus on solar. I have experience within federal and state regulatory agencies, and am well versed in both the supply and demand side.
Manufacturing

David Berlin, Hydrologic Purification Systems (California)

David Berlin is the Commercial Technology Manager for Hydrologic Purification Systems. At Hydrologic, he focuses on designing sustainable water treatment plans utilizing reverse osmosis technology; these systems are currently utilized by various cannabis producers throughout country. All water treatment plans focus on minimizing water usage while producing high purity water to meet the established standards for each project. Mr. Berlin covers all aspects of specifying reverse osmosis systems into new facilities as well as traveling throughout the country to provide training and technical services. Prior to working with Hydrologic systems, he intensively studied at the University of Rhode Island and received a BS in Aquaculture Technology. For the past 9 years, he has worked on agriculture facilities to maintain water quality and water filtration systems.

Eric Brandstad, Forever Flowering Greenhouses (California)

Eric Brandstad is CEO of Forever Flowering Greenhouses and has been a featured speaker at many cannabis events including the keynote at Imperious Expo and the featured greenhouse expert at The Cannabis World Congress and Exposition, Cannabis Collaborative Conference, Cultivation Classic, RII Cannabis Energy + Water Summit, The Emerald Cup, Santa Cruz Cup, The Golden Tarp Awards, The Cali Dep Fest, Humboldt High Grade Gala, CannaCon and the NCIA Cultivation Management Symposium. Mr. Brandstad has been managing Forever Flowering Greenhouses since 2007. He’s originally from San Joaquin County where his family has been commercially farming since 1862. Since starting with FFG, he has toured and consulted with hundreds of greenhouse owners to help them understand how their plants react in a greenhouse environment.

Jonathan Cachat, PhD, CCV Research (Ohio)

Jonathan Cachat Social Neuroscientist (PhD) specialized in behavioral psychopharmacology - aka - investigating & understanding the interplay of psychoactive compounds, the brain, behavior and social policy. With a strong IT background, Jonathan approaches these questions using contemporary data science techniques to integrate heterogenous, seemingly divergent data types. These skills are now being applied to developing sustainable farming techniques - a marriage of technology, soil & the sun. Jonathan recognizes the integration of divergent information through diverse collaboration is the path to knowledge - the only way to make major strides in understanding the universe, the things inside of it and the things inside of the things that are on it.

Keith Coursin, Desert Aire (Wisconsin)

Keith Coursin is the president of Desert Aire LLC, a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of integrated environmental control systems including GrowAire™ Systems for the cannabis cultivation industry. In addition to his duties at Desert Aire, Mr. Coursin served in 2009 as chairman of the board of directors of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). He has also served on numerous AHRI committees. Mr. Coursin is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Keith Coursin’s efforts to drive market-based solutions that promote resource efficiency include development of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code as well as ANSI/ACCA standards detailed in the CDC’s HVAC Design for Swimming Pools & Spas (Manual SPS).

Brandy Keen, Surna (Colorado)

Brandy Keen has been designing and consulting for environmental systems in indoor agricultural facilities for over ten years. In 2007, Ms. Keen co-founded Hydro Innovations where she served as its Director of Operations where she developed a sophisticated knowledge of the controlled environment agriculture industry and established herself as an expert in the garden and indoor climate. Currently, Ms. Keen is the Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor for Surna, Inc., which acquired Hydro Innovations in 2012. Surna develops innovative technologies and products that monitor, control and address the energy and resource intensive nature of indoor cannabis cultivation. Surna also provides consulting and reporting services for climate control, odor control mitigation and biosecurity. In her role at Surna, she is required to guide licensed PE's in mechanical design of facilities, teach solutions to consumers who know little about the systems they are purchasing, design systems that meet local regulations and reduce energy consumption, and improve on standard and outdated practices. Ms. Keen’s expertise recently brought her to participate in the Cannabis Sustainability Work Group through the City of Denver, as it looks to provide best practices for sustainability (including energy efficiency) in the cannabis industry. Her coverage of a worldwide market has exposed her to every conceivable cultivation practice, giving her a wealth of experience shared by few.

Dan Peltinov, Drygair (Herzliyah, Israel)

Dan Peltinov is Co-Founder and Head of Research & Development for Drygair. In that role, Mr. Peltinov has worked jointly with the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization to develop an energy efficient unit to save energy in greenhouses and indoor growing facilities. He is an experienced engineer in the fields of refrigeration and air conditioning systems for the agriculture sector, including cannabis, as well as blood banks, giving him a broad perspective of the problems and needs of the medical cannabis industry.

Bill Whittaker, Priva (Ontario, Canada)

Bill Whittaker has been in the horticulture industry for the past 20 years, with the last 10 years at Priva North Americacovering the North American market. His experience includes precision climate and irrigation control for indoor agriculture and greenhouses, and providing precision control equipment for open field irrigation. Mr. Whittaker serves on the Advisory Council of the School of Environment and Horticulture at Niagara College in Ontario, Canada.

Corrine Wilder, Fluence Bioengineering (Texas)

My interests lie in enviromental protection and sustainabilities - whether that has to do with energy efficiency, eco-responsible business practices, researching new govt legislations, or simply doing a community trash clean-up, count me in. I get deeply engaged in program management, analytics and business development activities, as I like to dig into detail in order to determine trends and potential gaps, but also have the bandwidth to intiate and drive new processes internally and externally. I'm looking to continue to grow in this exciting field through through new business ventures and initiatives.

Neil Yorio, BIOS Lighting (Florida)

Neil Yorio leads the research and development of LED Agricultural Lighting Research for BIOS, an agricultural lighting company. He is an internationally recognized expert in electrical lighting systems and controlled environment crop production. For more than two decades, Mr. Yorio worked at NASA Kennedy Space Center where he participated in several agricultural lighting research programs with bio-regenerative life support programs directed towards the sustainability aspects of living in space or extraterrestrial environments, with the main challenge of energy conservation and resource recycling for optimizing mission success. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Cellular and Molecular biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. He has participated in DesignLights Consortium (DLC) and serves on the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in developing the academic standards for reporting agricultural lighting technology performance.
Design & Construction

Jim Brown, URBANADD Architects (Washington)

Jim Brown is the founding architect of URBANADD Architects and has over 30 years of design and construction experience, working on prominent civic projects of all sizes and degrees of complexity, across the country. Early in his career, Mr. Brown was a design principal on Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall, and spent six months working in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Rem Koolhaas) in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on the Seattle Public Library. He also spent 5 years as the design team leader for the LEED® Platinum certified Vancouver Convention Centre West in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Most recently, the firm has bolstered its brewery, winery and distillery expertise, with cultivation facility design, which includes clients like Solstice, Downtown Cannabis Co., On your Six, botanic SEATTLE, and Ayra.

Matthew Gaboury, Calyx King Consulting (Washington)

Matthew Gaboury is Director of Operations and Co-Founder at Calyx King Consulting, where he designed Washington’s first and highest-grossing large-scale cannabis operations. He has served as an architect, contractor and grower in the cannabis industry, and has designed over two million square feet of production space that includes indoor, greenhouse, hybrid greenhouse and full outdoor. Mr. Gaboury has an MS in Architecture and degrees in structural engineering and industrial design.

Ian Gordon, GroTec Builders (Ontario, Canada)

Ian Gordon, Co-Owner of GroTec Builders, has been a contractor for more than 15 years. He has worked both residential and commercial projects where he gained a solid grasp of all aspects of a build - from electrical to HVAC, to structural and plumbing. Seven years ago Ian was brought into a small grow facility and, thanks to his broad scope of knowledge, quickly earned a reputation as a leading one-stop shop for growers throughout Oregon and Washington. After years of cultivating on an industrial scale, Mr. Gordon refocused his efforts on building and systems design. He has since built a wide range of multi-sized facilities, and has expanded his business into multiple states. He lives in Corbett, Oregon, with his two children, and his wife/business partner.

Kurt Parbst, Envirotech Cultivation Solutions (California)

Entrepreneurial Business Executive with commercial success in building relationships, market strategies, growing sales, brands, commercial infrastructure, leading teams, and expanding commercial capabilities. Significant experience in the technical requirements of controlled environments for horticulture and agriculture and knowledgeable in the fields of agribusiness, sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Morgan Pattison, PhD, Solid State Lighting Services, Inc.

Morgan Pattison is founder and President of Solid State Lighting Services, Inc. (SSLS). SSLS is a technology consulting, firm founded in 2008, focused on LED lighting technology. In this capacity Morgan works with clients to evaluate advanced LED lighting technologies, products, and solutions. Clients include: the US Department of Energy, investors, start-ups, large corporations, and purchasers of advanced lighting products. Morgan has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from University of California, Santa Barbara and performed his thesis research under Shuji Nakamura (2014 Nobel Prize winner in Physics for the invention of the blue LED). Morgan also holds Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and is accredited as ‘Lighting Certified’ (LC).

Josh Stephenson, MacDonald-Miller (Oregon)

Josh Stephenson has HVAC, process automation, and energy monitoring experience in a variety of large commercial and industrial buildings, including cannabis production centers and data centers. Mr. Stephenson has worked for both MacDonald-Miller and Schneider Electric. He has an MBA from Willamette University.
Energy / Utility

Francis Boucher, National Grid (Massachusetts)

Commercial Building Energy Efficiency professional. Member of the committee that drafted the New Buildings Institute Advanced Buildings Program Core Performance Guidelines. Member for the Com. of MA. Board of Building Regulations Energy Advisory Committee. Member for the Com of MA ZNEB committee. Sustainablity LEED for 2010 National Grid 318,000 square foot LEED Platinum CS and CI office project.
Expertise in data center and laboratory energy efficiency.

Duncan Campbell, Scale Microgrid Solutions (New York)

David Berlin is the Commercial Technology Manager for Hydrologic Purification Systems. At Hydrologic, he focuses on designing sustainable water treatment plans utilizing reverse osmosis technology; these systems are currently utilized by various cannabis producers throughout country. All water treatment plans focus on minimizing water usage while producing high purity water to meet the established standards for each project. Mr. Berlin covers all aspects of specifying reverse osmosis systems into new facilities as well as traveling throughout the country to provide training and technical services. Prior to working with Hydrologic systems, he intensively studied at the University of Rhode Island and received a BS in Aquaculture Technology. For the past 9 years, he has worked on agriculture facilities to maintain water quality and water filtration systems.

Theresa Haskins, Portland General Electric (Oregon)

Theresa Haskins is Business Market Manager for Portland General Electric. She brings 23 years of electric utility experience in construction operations and marketing. With an agricultural background as a farm owner, Ms. Haskins has a unique perspective on how to connect cannabis producers, processors and retailers with the information and resources needed to build the industry and support electrical construction and energy efficiency.

Bryan Jungers, E Source (Colorado)

Bryan Jungers conducts research on emerging, energy-efficient and distributed-energy resource technologies at E Source, a firm that helps utilities and large energy users with critical problems involving energy efficiency, utility customer satisfaction, program design, marketing, customer management, and sustainability. His main areas of expertise lie in resource-efficient cannabis cultivation, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle development, battery and energy storage cost-effectiveness, distributed generation integration and renewable energy power systems. Mr. Jungers has 10 years of experience as an energy engineer and analyst, including for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), California Energy Commission (CEC) and University of California at Davis (UC Davis). He worked as a research manager and product manager at E Source before entering his current role as Lead Analyst. He holds a BS in environmental resource engineering from Humboldt State University, where he studied cannabis resource use and environmental impact, and an MS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Davis. He was also involved in various capacities in the Humboldt cultivation industry for more than a decade. Since 2013, he has consulted on the appropriate use of efficient technologies in indoor cultivation facilities.

Alexi Miller, PE, New Buildings Institute (Oregon)

Alexi Miller is Senior Project Manager with the New Buildings Institute (NBI), a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. NBI works collaboratively with commercial building market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—to remove barriers to energy efficiency, including promoting advanced design practices, improved technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. NBI created and administers the Advanced Buildings Program, a voluntary program for deep prescriptive above-code commercial building energy performance. Mr. Miller drafted and advocated for the first effort to establish lighting energy efficiency code minimum level for indoor agriculture in the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Amanda Potter, Energy Trust (Oregon)

Amanda Potter leads the Industry and Agriculture program at Energy Trust of Oregon. She has 20 years of experience designing, developing and implementing energy efficiency programs. Amanda started her career at Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI) managing retrocommissioning projects, and over time grew her portfolio to include all commercial programs at PECI. Before joining Energy Trust, she was Vice President of Northwest Operations at CLEAResult. She has extensive experience developing strategies for overcoming market barriers to energy efficiency and increasing program uptake year over year. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and Master of Engineering from L’Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France.

Jeremy Del Real, Center for Sustainable Energy (California)

Jeremy Del Real is Senior Energy Engineer at Center for Sustainable Energy, where he helps commercial and industrial clients determine how best to conserve energy and pursue alternative cleaner forms of energy generation. He is currently part of a team working on a US Dept. of Energy (DOE) program that provides technical assistance for combined heat and power (CHP) projects, including a large commercial greenhouse using CHP to generate heat and power while also capturing CO2, reducing their need to purchase CO2 while lowering overall carbon emissions. Mr. Del Real holds a professional engineering license in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Oregon, and is a certified energy manager (CEM). He has a mechanical engineering degree focused on HVAC design from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Expertise in data center and laboratory energy efficiency.

Tommy Young, E3 California (California)

Tommy Young founded E3 California, Inc. in 2007 to be a one-stop-shop for Title 24 HERS testing and compliance documentation. Realizing a need in the industry for HERS Raters and Special Inspectors who were fluent in both building science and the nuances and politics of the energy code he's gone on to hire and develop and mentor an elite team of HERS Raters and Certified Energy Analysts. E3 is proud to have always had an Advocacy Division. Tommy served for three years on the Board of Directors of CAEBC' The California Association of Building Energy Consultants, as well as being a member of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council (CEEIC) and the California Public Utilites Commissions: The California Compliance Industry Advisory Group (CA-CIAG). He frequently speaks at affordable housing and transit oriented development conferences as an advocate for common sense energy policy and regulations that grow the market and do no harm. When not pursuing his love of analyzing parametric modeling runs, Mr. Young can be found enjoying the company of vintage guitars, hoppy IPA's, his lovely and strong wife and their two above-average furry children.

Massoud Jourabchi, Northwest Power & Conservation Council (Oregon)

Massoud Jourabchi is Manager of Economic Analysis for Northwest Power & Conservation Council, which balances the environment and energy needs across Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho. Mr. Jourabchi is responsible for regional economic forecasts, electricity demand forecasts, forecasts of energy prices and analysis of the economic structure of power markets. He has been working in the field of energy policy analysis for over 25 years, including at PacifiCorp, PECI, State of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources and Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University. Mr. Jourabchi was a doctoral candidate in economics, and has two master degrees in economics and political economics. Recently, he has been working on developing demand forecasts for cannabis cultivation, working with a team of growers, regulatory and energy efficiency bodies in Oregon.
University Research

John Lea-Cox, PhD, University of Maryland (Maryland)

Dr. John Lea-Cox is a distinguished and published Professor in the Dept. of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, where he teaches courses in Greenhouse Management and Principles of Substrate, Irrigation, Water and Nutrient Management. He is the state extension specialist for the Nursery and Greenhouse industry in Maryland. Dr. Lea-Cox has served as Research VP on the board of the American Society for Horticulture Science and serves on USDA Committees, including the Controlled Environment Technology and Use and Water Management and Quality for Ornamental Crop Production and Health committees. He has a PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Florida. From 1993-96, Dr. Lea-Cox was a research associate at NASA Kennedy Space Center, working on the Bioregenerative Life Support System project, for manned missions to Mars. He is also President of Systematic Sensing LLC, an environmental consulting company specializing in advanced technology solutions for water and nutrient management for ntensive plant production systems.

Filip van Noort, Wageningen University (Gelderland, Netherlands)

Filip van Noort is a Crop Research Specialist at Wageningen University, the leading food and life sciences university in Netherlands, where he performs general practical applied research with flowering and green pot plants, ornamentals and greenhouse vegetables. He has 25 years of experience researching the effects of light, climate, water, fertilization and CO2 on a large variety of plants. Mr. van Noort is widely published, and recently co-authored “Effects of diffuse light on radiation use efficiency depend on the response of stomatal conductance to dynamic light intensity” in Frontiers in Plant Science. Current clients include European LED manufacturers developing lighting products to serve the global cannabis cultivation industry.
Public Agency

Barb Anderson, Washington Dept. of Ecology (Washington)

Barb Anderson is a Policy Advisor for the Washington State Dept. of Ecology’s Water Resources Division, which permits water rights. She is the program’s contact for marijuana cultivation and is currently in the process of metering three marijuana grow operations, with the intention of determining cumulative daily and monthly water use data. Ms. Anderson has more than 20 years of water resources experience, including policy development and lean process improvement.

Duane Jonlin, City of Seattle (Washington)

Duane Jonlin is Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor in the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections. Mr. Jonlin was closely involved in the development of the City of Seattle and State of Washington energy codes. He serves on multiple regional and national code and policy development committees.

Michael Thomas, Denver Water (Colorado)

Michael Thomas is a Conservation Specialist in the Conservation Department of Denver Water, where he develops and runs programs for specialty customer groups, including breweries and cannabis grow operations. Mr. Thomas develops benchmarks, identifies end uses of water and prioritizes water saving opportunities. He has a MS in Public Policy from University of Denver.
Environmental Engineering

Catherine Drumheller, QEP, Oak Services LLC (Colorado)

Catherine Drumheller is Principal of Oak Services LLC, which provides environmental consulting services for domestic and international environmental and water resources projects. Her expertise includes quantitative analysis of performance metrics and sustainable project program design related to sustainable water resources development, environmental engineering and environmental chemistry. Her interests include water resources science and management, climate science, sustainable development, environmental physics, energy technology, food and agriculture, gender equity and feminism, and the democratization of education and learning. She has a keen understanding of water and power demands are inextricably linked with climate and justice impacts. As a member of the Cannabis Sustainability Workgroup established by the City of Denver Dept. of Environmental Health, Ms. Drumheller was lead author of the Best Practice Guide.

Kathy Lombardi, PE, Maul Foster & Alongi (Oregon)

Kathy Lombardi, PE, is a Senior Environmental Engineer with Maul Foster & Alongi (MFA) and is licensed in Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She has more than 20 years of experience leading and supporting water resource, agricultural production, water supply and demand, water rights, agricultural runoff water quality analyses, farm budget development and on-farm renewable energy feasibility projects for a variety of clients. She has conducted applied research on water use and water demand in the cannabis industry in support of development of environmental and sustainability best practices for Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). She is familiar with regulatory programs affecting water resource, agricultural and environmental projects, and has provided expert testimony and litigation support throughout her career. Previously, Ms. Lombardi was an environmental engineer with US Dept. of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and was an active member of the national agency-wide Renewable Energy Team, researching and field testing biomass, wind and solar energy technologies for on-farm enterprises.

Josh Long, E4E Solutions (Georgia)

Josh Long is President & CEO of E4E Solutions, LLC, an industrial sector focused energy efficiency consulting, design and project delivery firm. Mr. Long brings a broad perspective on technology and process solutions from a range of client industries, including alcohol, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.