Resource Innovation Institute
We believe the cannabis industry has the power to cultivate a new economic model of sustainable enterprise. To prove up this model, we convene the cannabis marketplace to envision and activate the industry’s resource efficient future.
Executive Director & Board Member
Derek Smith is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a national non-profit whose mission is to promote and quantify energy, carbon and water conservation in the cannabis industry. Prior to RII, Mr. Smith ran Clean Energy Works, a residential energy efficiency program that blended utility, public and private dollars to deliver whole-building retrofits while generating carbon emission reductions along with equitable economic development outcomes. Clean Energy Works was hailed as one of the most successful US Dept. of Energy funded stimulus programs in the country. Mr. Smith has also led energy programs with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, served on the management team of a Zero VOC start-up paint company and developed an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer.
Office Manager & Member Services Coordinator
Dulce Dorado is the office manager and member services coordinator for RII where she works with the executive director to ensure member needs are met. She also handles accounting, assists in event planning and manages member database. Prior to working for RII she was an accountant for an international wholesale and retail company based in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Dorado has years of experience in accounting, business management, human resources, customer service, and domestic and international logistics.
Dr. Evan Gutierrez builds, manages and analyzes databases of industry metrics, as well as researches and disseminates best practices for sustainable design, construction and production. Previously, his work with the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab involved a collaborative approach to environmental analysis and urban planning. There he designed and implemented a GIS-based decision support tool to prioritize neighborhood-scale sustainable development projects. Through his academic and professional experiences, he has learned to optimize systems, integrate vast amounts of data to make decisions and collaborate with diverse groups. Dr. Gutierrez supports a variety of RII project tasks, including interviewing stakeholders, analyzing data, and interfacing with RII's Technical Advisory Committee.
Morgan Lesko codes the Cannabis PowerScore and supports users through the survey process. He is a lifelong activist and long-time web-based programmer, with 15 years experience using PHP and MySQL. He founded a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) at the University of Maryland in 2002, and later volunteered to run SSDP’s national website using his own content management system. For several years, he built and managed youth activism management software with Rescue Social Change Group.
Sam Milton tracks state, local and federal policy related to cannabis and hemp natural resource issues. Throughout the fall of 2018, Sam co-facilitated the Massachusetts Cannabis Energy Roundtable. The Roundtable included 25 industry stakeholders who came together to make regulatory recommendations to the Commonwealth on how to integrate lighting standards, whole-building energy management, data collection and exceptions for renewable energy offsets and low-carbon cultivation techniques. Sam is based in the Northeastern US and is a LEED Green Associate.