IAES Steering Committee
IAES’ advising partners are a diverse stakeholder group representing key segments of the indoor agriculture energy industry. These volunteers provided insight as the conference steering committee to shape the program in addressing the energy impacts from cannabis cultivation and controlled environment agriculture.
Photo credit: Shenandoah Growers
Jennifer Thorne Amann is the Buildings Program Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Since joining ACEEE in 1997, she has authored dozens of publications and articles on buildings and equipment efficiency technologies, policies, and programs. Jennifer leads content development for ACEEE’s consumer-focused website, smarterhouse.org.
Her current work focuses on maximizing energy savings from key buildings policies including building codes and appliance standards, scaling up retrofit activity in homes and commercial buildings with an emphasis on deep retrofits, expanding opportunities for energy savings in low-income and multifamily housing, and analyzing new opportunities for energy efficiency in the buildings sector. Jennifer brings to ACEEE several years’ experience in the environmental technology field and has experience in community organizing and education on a variety of environmental and consumer issues.
Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of the Attachments Energy Rating Council and the Resource Innovation Institute. She is an NCQLP Lighting Certified Professional. Jennifer earned a Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Trinity University.
Brian is a founding Partner of Anderson Porter Design with over 25 years of experience in the field of architecture, and over five years of concentration in architecture for the Cannabis Industry. Combined experience working as Architects for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston during 9/11 and as Architects for MIT on 400,000sf of Neuroscience labs in Cambridge, Anderson and his firm have a deep background with integrated security, clean room and bio labs, which led them to be recommended for their first medical marijuana project in 2014. Since, APD has designed 25+ retail dispensaries and over 900,000 SF of cultivation facilities in 14+ states and the EU. In the process has developed a proprietary stage gate process for project delivery specific to the Cannabis Industry.
Brian is an active member of the NCIA the national cannabis industry association where in 2019/20 he chairs the new Facility Design Committee, he has participated with the‘ Energy andEnvironment Cannabis Working Group’ which advises the State of MA CCC and DOE on energy issues. Brian is also an active member of the Lean Construction Institute which is a national AE&C industry group. Brian and his firm implement Lean methodologies in Controlled Environment Agriculture facilities and beyond. For more information visit AndersonPorter.com
Anderson Porter Design
Thao is an electrical engineer in the Efficiency division’s Building Standards Office. She has been involved with the development of the energy code for the past three code cycles including work with compliance software and energy standards development. She is currently leading for the Controlled Environment Horticulture measure for the 2022 Energy Code update, focusing on the energy efficiency of indoor agricultural buildings. She is also a subject matter on other lighting measures. Thao holds a MS in both electrical engineering and mathematics.
California Energy Commission
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.
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.
Michael Wheeler is the Vice President of Policy Initiatives at Flow Kana, a branded cannabis supply chain distributor with a focus on creating a sustainable cannabis industry. There, Michael leads a team of policy professionals addressing all cannabis licensing and permitting, regulatory compliance, and advocacy regarding local, state and federal policy interests. Michael Wheeler joined Flow Kana in 2017, and brought more than 12 years of policy expertise in the clean energy sector. Since 2011, Michael Wheeler led one of the U.S.’s largest solar developer’s domestic legislative and regulatory affairs agenda at the state and federal level. Michael acted as a company spokesperson and has spoken about industry-wide issues at major industry conferences and has been featured on NPR, and in the Sacramento Bee, Greentech Media, and E&E News Wire.
Prior to his time in the private sector, Michael worked for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) leading Residential Energy Efficiency and was the Transmission Advisor to a former Commissioner. He previously held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Michael received his Master’s Degree in Energy Policy from the University of Delaware.
Vicki Gagnon is the Business Advisor, for the Public Sector and Agriculture at the Independent System Operator. She has been with the IESO for 14 years. She works with sector-based organizations and Energy Managers across the province to help customers actively manage their energy, enhance the energy efficiency of their facilities and facilitate participation in Save on Energy programs.
Vicki serves as a Director on the Boards of the Clean Air Partners, and My Energy Guelph, Fostering Sustainable Cities in Ontario. Before joining the IESO/OPA, Vicki worked at the Ontario Trillium Foundation (6 years), establishing the environmental granting portfolio of the newly expanded granting foundation. And before that she worked in the industrial/commercial sector helping commercialize newly developed environmental technologies with the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA, now Blooms).
Vicki holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia, USA.
Kay Doyle served as Deputy General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
(DPH), where she acted as primary counsel to the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, the Food
Protection Program and the Tobacco Control Program, advising clients regarding federal and
state law relating to marijuana, food regulation, environmental health, tobacco protection, and
Prior to her time at DPH, Kay worked as an attorney for Kopelman and
Paige, P.C. representing private and municipal clients with a focus on issues relating to the
medical use of marijuana law, administrative law, land use law and civil rights law and
She has experience practicing before all levels of federal and state court,
including the United States Supreme Court. Kay is a graduate of Bucknell University and Boston
University School of Law and admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New York.
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
Commissioner Kay Doyle
Dr. Lefsrud, an Associate Professor at McGill University leads the Biomass Production Laboratory. His upbringing on a farm and work in the oil fields of Alberta, Canada combined with his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology gives him a very strong background in the fields of agriculture, biology, and engineering. His research program focuses on the plant growth environmental and how to improve plant and microbial yield. The Biomass Production Laboratory focus is developing methods and technologies to improve environmental control, energy efficiency, harvesting and post harvest handling and bioprocesses of living organisms. This laboratory's primary goal is the improvement of plants for human consumption (food security), human health (medical cannabis), environmental protection (green building materials) and energy (biofuels).
Dr. Mark Lefsrud
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).
Solid State Lighting Services Inc.