A Panel Discussion: Integrated Lifecycle of Designing a Cultivation Operation
Dec 22, 2020 12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
Brandy Keen has been designing and consulting for environmental systems in indoor agricultural facilities for over fourteen years. In 2006, Ms. Keen co-founded Hydro Innovations where she served as its Director of Operations. At Hydro Innovations, she developed a sophisticated knowledge of the controlled environment agriculture industry and established herself as an expert in the garden and indoor climate. Currently, Ms. Keen is the Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor for Surna Inc., which acquired Hydro Innovations in 2014.
A trusted resource for environmental design and management, Ms. Keen has had varying levels of involvement (from consulting to full scale design) with over 800 unique grow designs ranging from small cultivation operations to facilities in excess of 100,000 square feet.
Ms. Keen is often engaged as a speaker on climate control and energy efficiency by organizations such as NCIA, MJBiz, CWCBE and CannaCon and has been interviewed by Bloomberg News, cited in numerous industry related publications and has responded to Reddit followers via an AMA session. Her background in environmental management in cannabis cultivation is unparalleled. Her unique experience lends an understanding of all perspectives in the cultivation facility, including the cultivator, the business owner, the investor, the regulating body, and the community. In her role at Surna, she is required to guide licensed PE's in mechanical design of facilities, teach solutions to consumers who know little about the systems they are purchasing, design systems that meet local regulations and reduce energy consumption, and improve on standard and outdated practices. Ms. Keen’s expertise brought her to participate in the Cannabis Sustainability Work Group through the City of Denver, as it looked to provide best practices for sustainability (including energy efficiency) in the cannabis industry. Her coverage of a worldwide market has exposed her to every conceivable cultivation practice, giving her a wealth of experience shared by few.