Derek Smith, Resource Innovation Institute - Sustainability in Cannabis Cultivation


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Derek Smith, Executive Director of Resource Innovation Institute joins Tony P for an informative discussion about sustainable and efficient growing in our new episode entitled, "Sustainability in Cannabis Cultivation."
Some of the topics in this episode will include: energy requirements in cannabis cultivation, energy savings and rebates for cultivators, benefits of using LED lighting as well as monitoring and control data to help save energy and much more. Derek will also talk about benchmarking your cannabis facility to help you grow efficiently using Resource Innovation Institute's free Power Score benchmarking platform, which helps provide cultivators performance rankings based on industry-standard key performance indicators (KPIs) on energy, emissions, water and waste and helps you learn how to be more efficient while growing better plants. If you are a cultivator, facility owner or anyone interested in growing, you won’t want to miss this exciting episode.
About Derek Smith
Executive Director, Resource Innovation Institute
As Executive Director, Derek provides overall leadership and strategic direction. Derek engages RII’s advisory bodies, including the Strategic Advisory Council and Technical Advisory Council Leadership Committees, develops global partnerships and oversees the organization’s policy work.

Before RII, Derek led Clean Energy Works, recognized as one of the most successful American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ("stimulus") programs. He has directed energy programs for the City of Portland, managed operations for a VC-backed start-up and created an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer. Derek has testified to the US Senate Energy Committee and briefed the US Secretary of Energy.

Derek enjoys playing and listening to a range of music, soccer (especially his hometown Portland Timbers), hiking and travel.
To learn more about Resource Innovation Institute and their free resources available to cultivators, please visit

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