Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our Energy + Water Summit in Seattle this month. We've received great feedback and will continue to build upon the vibrant conversations started that day. Enjoy a few of the highlights!

Downtown Seattle looked as spectacular as always from the top of Beacon Hill as the Summit kicked off.

 

The crowd gathered as RII Executive Director Derek Smith presented opening remarks.

 

Fremont Brewing CEO Matt Lincecum, Washington's Manufacturer of the Year and one of the top craft breweries in the country, discussed the parallels between the fast-growing craft brewing industry, which once faced prohibition, and the newly regulated cannabis industry. He inspired the crowd with his tales of entrepreneurship and sustainability focus, and provided examples of technology investments he made to enable energy and water efficiency in his operation.

 

Ian Gordon of GroTEC Builders and Jim Brown of Urbanadd Architecture + Design discussed the importance of involving a team of architects, contractors and other service providers in the design phase of facility development.

 

Technology considerations ranging from lighting to cooling to use of greenhouses for natural ventilation were offered by Kevin Frender of Black Dog LED, Matt Gaboury of Calyx King and Eric Brandstad of Forever Flowering Greenhouses. Bob Gunn, President of Seinergy, and RII's Washington Ambassador, moderated the panel.

 

Alex Cooley of Solstice discusses production methods with attendees. 

 

Kathleen Sullivan of Forever Green Indoors discusses LED lighting approaches with Juddy Rosellison of Trail Blazin' Productions. 

 

RII board member John Morris moderated the session on utility-producer partnerships featuring Victor Yagi of Seattle City Light, Dave Montgomery of Puget Sound Energy and Bill Hibbs of Clark Public Utility District.

 

A policy dialogue highlighted market transformation approaches taken in other industries and featured Chuck Murray of the State Energy Office, Jennifer Holderman of the Dept. of Ecology's Water Resources Program and Nancy Hirsh of NW Energy Coalition.

 

Andrew Lawrence of Urbanadd contributes to the cannabis industry's Cultivation Facility Best Practices Guide, which was launched at the Summit and will expand nationally through an open-source, curated process facilitated by RII.

 

Jerome Dickson of Renewable Power and Light discusses solar potential with Chuck Murray of the State Energy Office.

 

Mark DeWeirdt of MacDonald-Miller and Mike Dawson and Jarred Osborne of Gensco talk HVAC strategy on a break.

 

Thanks to Keynote Speaker Matt Lincecum for Happy Hour's hospitality.