Offsetting Cannabis’ Sustainability Crisis
Roughly 80% of U.S.-based cannabis cultivation occurs in indoor facilities designed to maximize harvest yields, but the majority of these grows are doing more environmental harm than good. Researchers estimate that cannabis accounts for more than 1% of U.S. electricity consumption and will continue to rise as national demand ratchets up. Glass House Brands recently commissioned an independent study revealing that the average indoor facility’s electric use intensity was 95% higher than greenhouses and produced 741% more carbon emissions than greenhouses. This presentation will provide an in-depth look at the study and examine how cultivators can utilize energy-efficient and effective methods to ensure that cannabis can reach its potential as America’s next sustainable cash crop.
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