Conservation nonprofit continues national expansion

riiPORTLAND, Ore. — The Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting energy and water conservation in the cannabis industry, is expanding its services nationally and adding three members to its board.

The recent additions to its board of directors include:

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– Sara Batterby — CEO of Hifi Farms; founding chair of the Portland chapter of Women Grow; former Bay Area venture capital executive and sustainability branding expert; native of Gloucestershire, England.

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– Jesce Horton — CEO of Saints Cannabis; owner of Panacea Valley Gardens cultivation center; cofounder of the Panacea dispensary; cofounder and board chair of the Minority Cannabis Business Association; former certified energy manager and electrical engineer with Siemens; native of Florida and Georgia.

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– Kayvan Khalatbari — Founding partner of Denver Relief Consulting; board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association; partner in the longest continuously operating cannabis business in Colorado until its sale in 2016; long-time cannabis activist and advocate; successful entrepreneur; architectural engineering graduate; born in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“We convene industry leaders to promote best practices, achieve conservation outcomes and enhance the reputation of the cannabis industry,” RII executive director Derek Smith said. “We’re excited to infuse our strategic direction with the insights of Sara, Jesce, Kayvan and other national leaders from a variety of geographies and disciplines who are joining us in advancing a resource efficient future for the industry.”

Following its Cannabis Energy + Water Summit, held this past September in Seattle, the organization is also vetting board candidates from Washington. Further, it is seeking candidates from California and the other states coming online for adult use.

More information: www.resourceinnovationinstitute.org.

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