It’s Planting Season for Controlled Environment Agriculture

Last fall I had the pleasure of attending the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium in Denver, Colorado. This now-annual event brought together cultivators, equipment manufacturers, energy and waste specialists and others with an interest in reducing the industry’s energy and carbon footprint. Together, we addressed many of the current issues cannabis cultivators are facing, from how to optimize facilities for energy and water use, how to manage solid waste in an environmentally way while complying with strict state laws and regulations, and how to bring technical and business model innovation to the industry. While ostensibly the event was designed by and for cannabis stakeholders, after participating in the multiple sessions, over conversations with industry leaders and during moments of quiet contemplation, I came away with the impression that we’re on the right track towards developing more environmentally responsible cannabis cultivation models, and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) models more broadly, despite some serious headwinds. 3 things that buoy my optimism Innovation in the overall...
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