Derek Smith

Executive Director
Resource Innovation Institute

Derek Smith is Executive Director of Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a non-profit whose mission is to promote and quantify energy, carbon & water conservation in the cannabis industry. He works with industry stakeholders to establish standards and advocate for effective policies and incentives that drive conservation. Prior to RII, Smith ran Clean Energy Works, a residential energy efficiency program that blended utility, public and private dollars to deliver whole-building retrofits while generating carbon emission reductions along with equitable economic development outcomes. Clean Energy Works was hailed as one of the most successful US Dept. of Energy funded stimulus programs in the country. Smith has also led energy programs with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, served on the management team of a Zero VOC start-up paint company and developed an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer.

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