Resource Innovation Institute
Derek Smith is Executive Director of Resource Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization advancing a resource efficient future for cannabis cultivation and controlled environment agriculture through advocating for policies and incentives that drive energy and water efficient cultivation practices. RII's Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking platform and Efficient Yields workshops help cultivators, the supply chain and utilities assess performance and exchange best practices. Before RII, Derek led Clean Energy Works, recognized as one of the most successful American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ("stimulus") programs. He has directed energy programs for the City of Portland and created an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer. Derek has testified to the US Senate Energy Committee and briefed the US Secretary of Energy.