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Sustainability in Indoor Ag: Where Are We Headed Next?

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CEA |  Crop |  Educational Content |  Growing Efficiency Workshops |  Energy |  Topic Area |  Water
Gretchen Schimelpfenig |  Travis Graham |  Tracy Nazzaro
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Feb 02, 2022
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Join Agritecture and WayBeyond and a series of expert guests for a synthesis of the key insights generated in the Agritecture 2021 Global CEA Census Report and conversations about what these mean for the industry’s future.

Hosts Kylie Horomia, Head of Industry Transformation at WayBeyond, and Ricky Stephens, Director of Digital Strategy at Agritecture, will chat with speakers who can offer specific ideas, insights, and solutions to some of the challenges uncovered related to sustainability, including: understanding what metrics to track and how to track them, high energy consumption, sources of energy, reliance on plastic packaging in the industry, and general greenwashing.


Gretchen Schimelpfenig's Profile

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Technical Director

Resource Innovation Institute


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.


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Account Manager

Schneider Electric

Travis has over 20 years of business development experience globally, and is a certified energy procurement/ sustainability/efficiency expert within multiple verticals including Pharmaceutical, Horticulture and Food and Beverage.

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President & General Manager

Traders Hill Farm

Tracy is a seasoned expert at developing complex business solutions and is a specialist in designing rapid growth enterprises. She is a results oriented executive who pursues client solutions from the perspective of an embedded operative who functions as part of a seamless team.

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