As Resource Innovation Institute’s Technical Director, Gretchen Schimelpfenig facilitates Technical Advisory Council Working Groups, writes technical guidance on resource efficient cultivation, develops and delivers curriculum, and supports PowerScore users with resource benchmarking and reporting. She authored RII’s Best Practices Guides on Cultivating Cannabis with LED Lighting and HVAC, as well as the state-specific guide for Massachusetts cultivators. In her work in Vermont, she commissioned HVAC and lighting designs and installed systems in commercial and industrial buildings, including greenhouses and controls systems used for academic research on hemp and other cultivars. 

She is a licensed Civil Professional Engineer – Construction in California and Vermont. She has a MS in Civil Engineering, Sustainable Design & Construction – Energy from Stanford University. She has a specialty in analyzing the interactive effects between HVAC and lighting systems after spending two years commissioning HVAC and lighting controls systems in commercial and industrial environments, and evaluating energy efficiency programs in New England before switching to designing and implementing them for customers in Burlington, Vermont.