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Sustainability in Cannabis: What Steps Can the Industry Take?

February 15th, 2023 | 12:00 PM CT

The carbon footprint of cannabis cultivation is well-known to the industry but may surprise the average cannabis consumer. 

In this on-demand Rootwurks webinar, you can hear two experts discuss how cannabis companies can reduce their environmental impact and why sustainable solutions are a must for the future of the cannabis industry.

About this Webinar

Legal retail cannabis is now a reality in states across the country and has become America’s sixth biggest cash crop. But at what cost? 

Cannabis cultivation requires high energy use, as much as 10% of industrial electricity consumption in Massachusetts, according to one estimate. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has stated that indoor cannabis production can consume 2,000 to 3,000 kilowatt hours of energy per pound of product. And according to a March 2021 report, growing one ounce of cannabis indoors produces from 143 to 324 pounds of carbon dioxide, depending on the state.

But these figures don’t take into account the water use of the industry and the environmental impact of contaminants from pesticides and salt-based nutrients in the water supply, as well as all that non-renewable packaging that gets discarded not long after the average consumer gets home from the dispensary. 

In this on-demand Rootwurks webinar, Melinda Kadinger of Smokey’s Cannabis Co and Justin Miller of High Life Solar will discuss the steps their companies have taken to improve sustainability in cannabis - and how the rest of the industry can follow suit.

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Who Can Benefit from This Webinar?

As cannabis legalization spreads across the country, the industry will likely face pressure to implement energy efficiency and conservation measures. It will also be in their interest to do so for their bottom line and the sake of the environment. This webinar can benefit cannabis professionals who would like to learn more about the environmental impact of the industry, as well as cannabis consumers who are interested in the carbon footprint of cannabis as well as their responsibility as consumers. 

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Viewers will gain expert insight on:

  • The environmental impact of the cannabis industry
  • What sustainability requires in cannabis
  • How indoor and outdoor cultivation differ on sustainability
  • The benefits of running a sustainable cannabis company
  • How regulatory authorities can support sustainability
  • How federal legalization could help
  • How sustainability can help companies stand out from the crowd  
  • The role consumers can play in reducing the carbon footprint of the industry

Meet Your Speakers

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Melinda Kadinger - CEO | Smokey's Cannabis Co

Melinda Kadinger is the COO of Smokey’s Cannabis, a Colorado-based cannabis cultivation and retail company. Smokey’s Cannabis Co is a part of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program and won a 3rd place Award for Sustainability through Operations & Community at the MJBizcon Awards in 2019. The company is currently working on a “zero waste initiative” for their cultivation and retail operations.  


Justin Miller - Chief Executive Officer | High Life Solar

High Life Solar is a renewable energy company devoted to achieving carbon zero in the cannabis industry. Miller has been in the commercial solar industry for over 4 years and provided renewable energy to large-scale manufacturing facilities, retail shops, and utility companies.

Our Webinar Partners

This event would not be possible without our partners’ insight and years of experience in the cannabis industry.

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Hosted by Rootwurks

Rootwurks is a cannabis e-learning and compliance management platform built through the know-how of some of the leading experts in food manufacturing compliance and cannabis law. The centerpiece of the company is the Rootwurks Learning Experience Platform (LXP), an online cannabis education and compliance tool that was designed to help companies meet their compliance needs and receive educational guidance to build a culture of safety in their daily operations.