Monday, February 24

Day One:

A Technical Immersion into Indoor Agriculture



8:30-9:00AM          Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:00AM         UL 8800 Horticultural Lighting Safety Workshop

Learn About the Importance of Designing A Grow Facility Using Lighting Equipment That Is Safety Certified to UL 8800, the New Safety Standard for Horticultural Lighting Equipment and Systems.


Ed Joseph, Principal Engineer, Lighting Safety UL LLC

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


11:00-12:00PM        Lighting Research Roundtable

What are the latest findings in our collective understanding of plant responses to light spectra? How can sunlight and electric lighting solutions be most optimally combined to produce the most efficient production? How do the newest electric light fixtures effectively mimic sunlight?

Moderated by Dr. Mark Lefsrud, McGill University

Dr. Dave Hawley, Fluence by OSRAM

Sundarajan Mutialu, Azentive

Dr. Neall Digert, Solatube International

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


12:15PM                     Lunch

Grab and go box lunch and board a bus for your chosen site tour destination.

La Jolla Marriott Lobby


12:30PM                  Lunch and Learn Field Trips - Buses Depart

La Jolla Marriott Lobby

Bus 1: OutCo cannabis cultivation facility

Tour a leading licensed cannabis cultivation operation featuring efficient technologies.


Bus 2: Solatube International demonstration facility

Sponsored by Solatube International

Discover the promise of daylighting for indoor facilities.

1:00-2:30PM            Tours


3:15PM                      Buses Return to Hotel


3:30 – 5:15PM         Technical Advisory Council Summit

Join members of RII’s Technical Advisory Councils (TACs) of leading cultivators, equipment manufacturers, utilities, architects, engineers and policy experts as they gather to leverage the multi-disciplinary TAC platform of ongoing collaboration to review best practices in various sectors of the cultivation market. 


- Interact with the HVAC and Lighting Working Group members who recently published Best Practices Guides for Cannabis Cultivation & Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) on HVAC and LED Lighting. 

- Hear about the findings of RII’s first Utility Needs Assessment Survey on CEA and learn of the Utility Working Group’s key deliverables for 2020 focused on research and knowledge-sharing for creating better programs to serve cultivators. 

- Engage with the newly formed Data and Policy Working Groups as they lay out their 2020 work plans to drive resource efficient cultivation.

La Jolla Ballroom - General Session


5:30- 7:00PM          Welcome Reception

Grand Foyer Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, February 25

Day Two:

From Illicit to State-Of-The-Art: Indoor Agriculture Origins and Future



8:00-9:00AM           Breakfast

 La Jolla Ballroom Salon E


9:00-9:30AM           Perspectives on Indoor Agriculture: How drug policy led to

illicit indoor production, and its effect on energy and society

Our provocative, don’t-miss opening session features experienced cannabis leaders who will offer a fresh perspective on the roots of indoor agriculture and its role in cultivating a better future for our society and our natural environment.

Jesce Horton, Founder, Minority Cannabis Business Association 
Kristin Nevedal, International Cannabis Farmers Association 
Lindsay Robinson, California Cannabis Industry Association 

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


9:30-9:45AM           Welcome & Purpose of our Gathering

Derek Smith, Resource Innovation Institute

 La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


10-10:45AM             Insights on What the Latest Data are telling us About Energy,

Carbon and Water Impacts

Join leading researchers and engineers who are studying the energy, and water consumption of today’s range of cannabis cultivation methods and how outdoor to greenhouse to indoor approaches differ in their impact. Learn how these numbers vary from the industry’s illicit market past, how climate zones affect energy and water needs, the new technologies that are driving efficiencies, and how cannabis facilities’ performance compare to other those growing other crops.

Nick Collins, Energy & Resource Solutions
Bryan Jungers, E Source 

Ted Grantham, Berkeley Cannabis Research Center

                           La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


11:-11:45AM               Globalization, Consolidation, and Segmentation: The Cannabis

Industry in 2025

From hemp to THC, where the market is heading, how production might shift, and potential resulting energy and carbon emissions implications

A conversation between Noelle Skodzinksi, Cannabis Business Times, and Beau Whitney, New Frontier Data

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session

12-12:45PM              Lunch

                                    La Jolla Ballroom- Salon E


1:00-1:30PM            Keynote: The Massachusetts Model

Hear about the decision-making process that led to the world’s first comprehensive law focused on managing energy use in indoor grow environments directly from Commissioner Kay Doyle, the Cannabis Control Commission’s regulatory lead. She will provide an overview of the rules, an update on their rollout plans, and a projection of their impact on the Massachusetts market.

Introduced by Leora Radetsky, DesignLights Consortium 

Comm. Kay Doyle, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

La Jolla Ballroom General Session


1:45-3:00PM            Shaping a Policy Roadmap for Low-Carbon Agriculture: Siting,

Standards, Incentives, Renewables & More

States have a variety of energy and climate objectives, which may not be compatible with the economic and social interests driving indoor cultivation of cannabis and other crops. Some topics for our panel discussion include:


- How should states set requirements for managing energy use and carbon emissions in controlled agricultural environments to ensure a common policy direction? 

- How can we assess initial steps taken by jurisdictions in regulated cannabis markets? 

- Given the nascent state of our collective understanding of how to optimize efficient cultivation, how should we develop a flexible policy framework that can be developed as our learning evolves?

Jen Hensley, Sierra Club

Brian Anderson, Anderson Porter Design 

Molly Graham, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 
Derek Smith, Resource Innovation Institute 

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session

3:15 - 4:15PM          The Dank Dirt: Lessons from early regulated markets

Local jurisdiction determines the “time, place, and manner” of cannabis cultivation operations. Permitting, zoning and other decisions have significant energy and carbon emissions impacts and ramifications on local communities. Join public and private sector leaders as they speak from their experience across a range of issues, from strategies for controlling odors and ensuring air quality to code requirements to tax concepts for offsetting carbon emissions.

Kaitlin Urso, Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


4:30-5:15PM           Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Growers, meet utilities. Utilities, meet growers.

Be part of an open dialogue between utilities and their new customer class, as the panel offers their observations on opportunities for improvement, and their opinions on the future of the utility-grower relationship in the CEA market.

Bob Gunn, Seinergy

Paul Sellew, Little Leaf Farms

Fran Boucher, National Grid 

Jesse Peters, Mantis Growth Investments 

Gary Corlett, Southern California Edison 

Newport Room: First Floor


Best Practices on Cultivating with LED Lighting

Join an expert discussion about emerging best practices on with guidance on a range of issues; hear how to adequately measure photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), how to achieve good lighting uniformity, and how to optimize energy efficiency and plant growth. Learn from our panel of speakers who contributed to RII’s peer-reviewed Best Practices Guide: LED Lighting for Cannabis Cultivation & Controlled Environment Agriculture. 

Neil Yorio, BIOS Lighting

Ihor Lys, Agnetix

Casey Rivero, Fluence by OSRAM
Mike Zartarian, Zartarian Engineering

Gretchen Schimelpfenig, Resource Innovation Institute 

Irvine Room: First Floor


The Hort Report

Horticultural use cases are a new and rapidly evolving application for LED lighting and control solutions. Get the scoop on the initial product types, market segments, and utility programs. Our experienced panel will share their thoughts on trends and pinch points seen in product application and development of program requirements


Leora Radetsky, DesignLights Consortium
Lauren Morlino, Efficiency Vermont
Corinne Wilder, Fluence by OSRAM 
John Wilson, Lighting Design Lab 

Coronado Room: First Floor


5:30 - 8:00PM         Networking Dinner/Attendee Reception

La Jolla Courtyard

6:30 - 7:30PM         California Cannabis Energy Code Dialogue

Join members of the California Cannabis Industry Association and the Title 24 code proposal writers for the Codes & Standards Enhancement (CASE) Team, for an open conversation about the Title 24 energy code process, timeline and covered measures. Feedback on code proposals will be submitted to the California Energy Commission.


Coronado Room: First Floor

Wednesday, February 26

Day Three:

Our Agricultural Future and Where We Go From Here



8:00 - 9:00AM         Breakfast

La Jolla Ballroom – Salon E


9:00 - 9:45 AM        Keynote: Our Agricultural Future: A Report on CEA Research

Dr. Mark Lefsrud, Dept. of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University

Introduced by Darrin Drollinger, ASABE 

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


10 - 10:45AM            Farms of the Future 1: Urban Business Models, Crops, Grow


Urban agriculture is a broad term used to describe any form of agriculture in dense built environments. From vertical stacking in warehouses to green roofs and walls on and in commercial high-rises, the future of food offers a return to local sourcing and increasingly creative and efficient horticultural approaches. What business models are emerging, which crops are seeing the most success, how are energy and water resources being optimized, what are consumers demanding and where will human ingenuity and technology take us?

Djavid Abraham, Agritecture 

Sam Schatz, AeroFarms 

Grant Vandenbussche, Fifth Season

Chris Higgins, UrbanAg News 

La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


11:00 - 11:45AM        Farms of the Future 2: The Evolution and Role of Greenhouses

Greenhouses offer opportunities to capture natural sunlight and augment it with supplemental electric light to lengthen growing seasons, offer additional growth cycles, and increase yields.  Through dynamic controls, greenhouse operators can optimize environmental conditions across a range of simple and sophisticated structures featuring various materials and technologies. The role of greenhouses in our agriculture future is expanding; could this lead to an increasing use of controls strategies by leaders in the market?

Janeen Wright, Greenhouse Grower

Paul Sellew, Little Leaf Farms

Erico Mattos,  GLASE

Dave Nichols, AppHarvest
Kale Harbick, US Dept. of Agriculture

                                     La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


12:00 - 12:45PM       Lunch

La Jolla Ballroom – Salon E

1 - 1:45PM                 Precision and Price at Scale: A Technology Roadmap for the

Future of Agriculture

From automation to artificial intelligence, how are technologies of the future improving the delivery, accuracy, and efficiency of systems that consume energy and water, and how are energy and water resources possible to optimize for plant health and growth? Gain insights from these leading producers and market influencers.

Lauren Morlino, Efficiency Vermont

Chris Higgins, UrbanAg News 
Matthew Gaboury, Calyx King & House of Cultivar

Grant Vandenbussche, Fifth Season

                                    La Jolla Ballroom – General Session


2:00 - 2:45PM          Adapting Codes for Buildings with Plants, Not Humans

Join these experts in building energy codes for a robust conversation on how reputable codes and standards have been evolving and will continue to change to address the unique buildings containing indoor grow environments, which have yet to be officially recognized by international building code. Panelists will discuss a range of state, national and global energy codes, including the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), California’s Title 24 Requirements and several ASHRAE standards.

Jen Amann, ACEEE

Alexi Miller, New Buildings Institute
Kyle Booth, Energy Solutions
Keith Coursin, Desert Aire

                                    La Jolla Ballroom – General Session

3:00 - 3:30PM         Keynote: Finding common ground in the search for EEMs for 

Indoor Agriculture

Dr. Sabeh is a leader in the field of energy efficiency in greenhouse and indoor design and operation. She will summarize her deep expertise in identifying energy-saving measures in cultivation environments to provide top recommendations for optimizing grow facilities in any location and climate. Dr. Sabeh will review energy-restricting actions taken by various local jurisdictions. She will point out where these actions are in conflict with crop productivity and quality, and will offer additional new energy efficiency measures to help find common ground.

Dr. Nadia Sabeh, Dr. Greenhouse

Introduced by Thao Chao, California Energy Commission (invited)


3:45 - 4:30PM         Concurrent Breakout Sessions


HVAC Best Practices for Controlled Environment Agriculture

Join in an expert discussion about emerging best practices on optimizing energy efficiency and plant growth. Hear guidance on a range of issues, such as determining and achieving the right temperature set points and understanding vapor pressure differential and how to monitor it in your grow environments. Learn from our panel of speakers who contributed to RII’s peer-reviewed Best Practices Guide: HVAC for Cannabis Cultivation & Controlled Environment Agriculture. 

Rob Battiston, InSpire Transpiration Solutions
Michael Leavitt, Root Engineers 
Keith Coursin, Desert Aire

Gretchen Schimelpfenig, Resource Innovation Institute 

Cardiff Room: First Floor


Best Practices from Utility Program Models

Hear about new and innovative energy efficiency program designs for controlled agricultural environments, how our panel of utility leaders address cost-effectiveness in this new market segment, how they interact with new government regulations, and how they plan to verify savings amidst the variety of cultivation settings and methods. 

Rosemary Jojic, D+R International

Joe Sullivan, Cultivate Energy Optimization
Doug Oppedal, Evergreen Consulting

Fran Boucher, National Grid

Gary Corlett, Southern California Edison 

Coronado Room: First Floor

Powering the future, renewing agricultural models: Solar, storage & microgrids

How are indoor cultivation facilities reducing their carbon footprints while increasing their energy independence? These market actors will share their perspectives on a range of issues, including how to size a renewable energy commitment to how to obtain carbon-neutral backup power. Hear their case studies on indoor cultivation facilities that are recapturing CO2 from industrial facility neighbors, and join in the debate about the feasibility of a net zero energy indoor cultivation facility.

Travis Graham, Schneider Electric 
Duncan Campbell, Scale Microgrid Solutions
Mike Mattioli, Leaf California 


Newport Room: First Floor


4:45PM                    Conference Wrap Up: Next Steps

John Morris, D+R International


5:00PM                     Adjourn

Connect with us:

  • 61109
  • Facebook

©2020 by Indoor Agriculture Energy Solutions Conference.