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The CEA Accelerator

Bringing together growers, suppliers, utilities and governments to accelerate the adoption of controlled environment agriculture

In partnership with

A Partnership Dedicated to Developing National Infrastructure for CEA

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to develop a national infrastructure that will help states accelerate the integration of energy- and water-efficient Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) into communities.

Igniting Innovation and Adoption in Controlled Environment Agriculture

Explore how we’re accelerating the CEA landscape with our initiatives:
  • Introducing a national site feasibility tool for streamlined identification and permitting
  • Promoting decarbonization and circularity strategies, including collaborative practices like co-location for waste heat exchanges
  • Scaling up producer benchmarking for a national dataset on energy, water, and carbon emissions
  • Enhancing efficiency, profitability, and utility incentives
  • Establishing a national CEA workforce infrastructure and professional credentialing program
  • Partnering with leading states for climate-smart CEA development

Led by SEED
Advisory Council

The CEA Accelerator will be led by the Stakeholder Engagement, Education, and Deployment (SEED) team. In collaboration with the RII, Berkeley Lab and IEDO teams, the strategic advisory council SEED drives accelerator milestones and deliverables towards market adoption. The group is composed of diverse stakeholders representing a variety of expertise in the agriculture community.

We are please to introduce the following members of the SEED Strategic Advisory Council

Jennifer Amann

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Crystal Bell

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Brad Berg


Nina Bhattacharyya

USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

Romy Chakraborty

Berkeley Lab

Chris Chammoun

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Thao Chau

California Energy Commission

Jonathan Dick

South Essex Fabricating / Nature Fresh

Dulce Dorado

Resource Innovation Institute

Elyse Greenberg

Resource Innovation Institute

Bob Gunn


Mark Hall

Equilibrium Capital / Revol Greens

Kale Harbick

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Andrew Horowitz

KUBO Greenhouses

Joyce Jong

City of Riverside

Ian Kanski

Harrisburg University

Louie Krak

Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection

Chieri Kubota

Ohio CEA Center

Thomas Lor

Southern California Edison

Matthew Meisel

Little Leaf Farms

Pat Milner

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Sonny Ramaswamy

NW Commission on Colleges & Universities

Rory Schmick

Berkeley Lab

Charles Smith

Epcot Crenshaw

Derek Smith

Resource Innovation Institute

Tom Stenzel

CEA Alliance

2024-2025 Technical Advisory Council Working Groups

The CEA Accelerator will convene several working groups over the next two years of the project. These working groups will develop best practice guidance available to the public that explore emerging strategies in CEA. The working groups will be held in conjunction with working groups exploring topics related to energy management, AI and robotics, high-tech greenhouse techniques, site feasibility, CEA decarbonization among others.

Energy Management

The purpose of this group is to collaborate, recommend and advise on advanced strategies in energy management for CEA operations including but not limited to strategic energy management (SEM), peak reduction, and demand response.

AI & Robotics

The purpose of this group is to collaboratively develop and recommend industry best practices for the efficient use of artificial intelligence and robotics in CEA.

High-Tech Greenhouse Knowledge Transfer

The purpose of this group is to take the learnings from mature markets in The Netherlands and Canada related to high-tech greenhouse design and operations. The group will discuss ways in which these techniques could be adopted in the US.

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Learn About the Partners

Resource Innovation Institute

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership advancing climate resilience. RII provides resource efficiency education, training and data-driven verification, in collaboration with CEA producers, researchers, governments, utilities, and the design & construction sector.

Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office

The U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) accelerates the innovation and adoption of cost-effective technologies that eliminate industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about IEDO’s mission and what the office is doing to help decarbonize American agriculture.

Berkeley Lab

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is committed to delivering solutions for humankind through research in clean energy, a healthy planet, and discovery science. Founded in 1931 on the belief that the biggest problems are best addressed by teams, Berkeley Lab and its scientists have been recognized with 16 Nobel Prizes. Researchers from around the world rely on the Lab’s world-class scientific facilities for their own pioneering research. Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram national laboratory managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.