Learn how environmental control systems managing lighting, HVAC, and water processes are crucial for growers to achieve maximum yields in all cannabis production environments. Understand how automation of resource-consuming systems can drive competitive performance by improving efficiency and productivity to increase profits.
Topical areas include:
Compete & Comply to Maximize Profit & Productivity
Retrofitting Buildings and Systems for Cultivation
Compliance with Title 24, Part 6 Energy Code
Resilient CEA Facility Design: Energy Choice
Demand Management for Cultivation Facilities
Key Performance Indicators for Cannabis
Net Zero Carbon Cannabis
Operations & Facility Staff
Design & Construction Partners
Utility & Government Representatives
|Efficient Yields Tri-County: Automation & Controls Best Practices for All Cultivation Environments (26.6 MB)||Available after Registration|
Kyle Booth is a Senior Engineer and licensed professional mechanical engineer at Energy Solutions. As the lead CASE author for the 2022 CA Title 24, Part 6 Controlled Environment Horticulture CASE Report, he led the research into minimum efficiency requirements for horticultural lighting, dehumidification, and greenhouse envelope measures. He is on the ASABE / ASHRAE X653 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) for Indoor Plant Environments without Sunlight standards development committee. In addition to controlled environment horticulture codes development, Kyle is the lead engineer for several commercial midstream energy efficiency programs across the country. Before coming to Energy Solutions, Kyle performed agricultural energy efficiency audits on farms across the US for seven years with EnSave, Inc. Kyle comes from an agricultural background, growing up around his family’s dairy processing facility in Vermont, Booth Brothers Dairy.
Jon Crozier is the National Business Development Manager for all Cannabis Projects at Hansen-Rice, Inc. Jon also manages all Food & Beverage business development for Hansen-Rice, Inc. in the western US. Hansen-Rice, Inc. is a 36 year old nationally licensed design build firm based in Nampa, ID. Currently an NCIA, and RII member, HANSEN-RICE INC. leverages an integrated design-build approach by providing value to construction projects through a full range of Program Management, Design & Engineering, Pre-Construction and Construction solutions. Jon has over 10 years of business development experience and specializes in large scale capital projects. Jon and HRI’s expertise on upfront project planning and experience in setting proper expectations early in the process provide clients and owners extreme value and limit risk in understanding the scope, schedule, and cost of a construction project.
Ian has been in the building industry for the past 10 years in varying degrees, working in carpentry and property management. He acquired his bachelor's in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Energy & Sustainability from UC Santa Barbara in 2018. Ian now works closely with 3C-REN's Building Performance Training & Energy Code Connect Programs to provide stellar educational opportunities and code support for the Central Coast’s workforce.
Thomas is a professional engineer who has spent the last eight years specializing in energy efficiency initiatives within Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Business Customer Division. He works closely with SCE’s commercial customers and their technical representatives (i.e., architects, designers, engineers) to educate them about strategic solutions, available resources, and incentive programs that promote energy efficiency. Over the last year, he has focused exclusively on customers within the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) space and understands the unique market characteristics and circumstances their businesses face. Thomas also engages regularly with the California Public Utilities Commission and other utilities across California to help shape policy & programs around energy efficiency and is a strong advocate for utility partnership with customers to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
Gretchen is a professional engineer who has spent the past five years optimizing controlled environment agriculture operations for resource efficiency and productivity. Schimelpfenig earned a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, Sustainable Design & Construction with a concentration in energy from Stanford University. Her diverse professional experience includes time spent commissioning commercial buildings, designing utility energy efficiency programs, and helping businesses like the University of Vermont and the City of Burlington benchmark their resource consumption. She specializes in analyzing the operation of building systems for cultivation facilities and helps the members of RII’s Utility Working Group reach cultivators with their financial incentives and technical assistance.
As Technical & Operations Director of RII, Gretchen manages the PowerScore resource benchmarking platform, facilitates RII’s Technical Advisory Council Working Groups and creates curriculum and training to educate producers, efficiency programs, and design and construction communities. She works with members and subject matter experts to publish best practices guidance for production of plants in controlled environments, develops and delivers curriculum, and supports PowerScore users with resource benchmarking analysis and reporting compliance. Schimelpfenig writes for industry publications and is a columnist for GIE Media and Meister Media and publishes in Greenhouse Grower, Greenhouse Management, Cannabis Business Times, and the Cultivation Classroom column for Cannabis Science & Technology. Gretchen grows vine crops and herbs in her veggie garden, greenhouse, and basement in her Vermont farmhouse and is constantly using her HVAC and lighting knowledge to optimize her grow environments.
She works directly with the DesignLights Consortium to increase the adoption of third-party certification of horticultural building systems. Gretchen also represents RII on several industry committees developing standards for CEA including the ASABE PAFS-30 (Plant Systems Group), ES-300 (Electrical Utilization & Energy Group), and ES-310 (Agricultural Lighting Group), ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.2 (Plant and Animal Environments), ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis, IES Horticultural Lighting Subcommittee, and Task Group 1 of the UL 3600 Scorecard for Measuring and Reporting Circular Economy Aspects of Products, Sites and Organizations.
Autumn Shelton is partner and Chief Financial Officer of Autumn Brands, a 50 percent woman-owned cannabis business located in sunny coastal Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County, California. She has spent almost 4 years successfully navigating the unchartered waters of California’s medical marijuana collective model and the newly legal cannabis industry. A calculated risk taker with an outstanding aptitude for numbers, Autumn champions the health and wellness benefits of cannabis and is committed to cultivation free of pesticides.
In her position as CFO, Autumn is a strategic decision maker for the family farm, which started in Holland more than 100 years ago. Along with overseeing the company’s financials, she is in charge of legal compliance on the local and state levels. This includes, but is not limited too, ordinances, regulations, packaging, permits, and licensing. Another farm duty is walking the greenhouses once or twice a week to check on “the ladies” (only the female cannabis plant produces the valuable flower). Autumn also is a face of the company and regularly meets with other executives in the cannabis industry.
Immediately after college graduation, Autumn earned her real estate license and worked for Prudential California Real Estate. Industrious and focused, she further earned her Real Estate Brokers License and started her own company, Platform Real Estate, to focus on the REO (foreclosure) market. This was followed by a job as an REO Asset officer at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, where she managed their foreclosed residential and commercial portfolio.
Autumn switched industries and took her financial acumen to the agricultural sector. A commercial cut flower grower needed help with cost efficiencies. In 2015, her commercial cut flower growing boss, a fifth-generation farmer, was approached to lease his greenhouses to grow medical marijuana. After very careful vetting and intensive risk assessment led by Autumn, medical marijuana was given the green light. Shortly after that, Autumn’s then boss, now partner, decided to seed a medical marijuana collective in some of his other greenhouses. On Jan. 1, 2018, Autumn Brands, the for-profit company under the new regulations MAUCRSA, began operating. MAUCRSA is the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
Autumn was born in Carpinteria, though raised out of the area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in Italian, from UC Santa Barbara. Generous with her knowledge and expertise, Autumn is a sought-after panelist and public speaker on the nuts and bolts of operating a licensed California cannabis cultivation business. She and her husband Abe make their home in Santa Barbara with their young son, Lennox and daughter, Jade.
Strategic business developer at Priva, De Lier, Westland, The Netherlands Dr. Jan Westra works at Priva as strategic business developer, mainly for research and development projects at the cutting edge of horticulture and building technology. Another part is looking into what startups can bring for Priva and Priva for them. He graduated M.Sc. at the TU Delft in 1985, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Refrigeration and Indoor Climate Control (HVAC). Subsequently did PhD research at the same department, culminating in a thesis in 1990 on the topic: Development of an Advanced Absorption Heat Transformer. A thermal device to transform low grade heat without adding energy flows to high grade heat by an absorption process. After TU Delft Jan Westra worked for more than five years at an HVAC consultancy firm in Rotterdam. In 1996 Westra joined the Priva company. Partly for the development of equipment for water treatment for greenhouses, partly for directing research projects with universities and colleges. Examples: University of Ghent, KU Leuven, Wageningen UR, University of Twente and TU Delft. Priva operates in three markets: horticulture and building management systems plus vertical farming. In these fields he contributes in business development and researching new techniques. A newer endeavor by Priva is the Sustainable Urban Delta concept, tying food, energy, recreation and other functions together in the most sustainable way. Jan contributes to this program. Jan Westra is a specialist in the field of urban agriculture or vertical farming, where the horticulture and building worlds come together. On behalf of Priva he is involved in many initiatives in this field worldwide. Last few years his focus is on Europe, USA and Canada, also connecting to research institutes and universities. Jan is a member of the board of the Netherlands Canada Chamber of Commerce, the advisory board of the TU Delft AgTech Institute as well as the Executive Board of the PIP program by FFAR in the USA. And a speaker at several conventions.
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