Webinar series

July 15, 2020 



This webinar series will provide actionable content from industry experts to sustain your business through 2020. 

The symposium is a touchstone event in the cannabis industry. Each symposium event offers a unique opportunity to learn and for high level peer-to-peer networking. Featuring partnerships with government, industry and media, the Symposium is the premier platform to engage with the sustainable cannabis community. 

This symposium series connects industry executives, advocates, scientists and thinkers together to envision a sustainable future for the cannabis industry – and provides decision-makers with the tools they need to make positive changes today.


July 15th Agenda


Opening Remarks

1pm EST / 10am PST
Ben Gelt, Board Chair, Cannabis Certification Council
Sonoma County Symposium

Ben Gelt is an entrepreneur and consultant specializing in business development and strategic communications. A respected political strategist and policy expert, Ben co-founded the Organic Cannabis Association (now the Cannabis Certification Council) in 2015.

Ben has been at the forefront of cannabis policy in Colorado since 2011 when he represented the University of Colorado Toxicology Lab advocating for higher standards for testing and quality control in the cannabis industry via state rule making panels and committees. Ben currently chairs the Denver Cannabis Sustainability Workgroup and also the Certification Council which both organize the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium.

Additionally, Ben serves on the City of Denver Stakeholder Committee, the City of Denver Community Equality Committee, the State of Colorado Pesticide Stakeholder committee in addition to working with a diverse array of local, national and international clients on matters of business and public affairs.


Carbon Capture:

Learn about cutting edge technology being developed. 



1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST
Moderator: Orlando Padilla

Orlando Padilla

Orlando Padilla is a serial entrepreneur in special events and cannabis. His expertise is in project management, team building, and organizational leadership. He has spent the last 20 years producing, managing and overseeing large scale music festivals, concerts, and corporate events. He has been actively involved in cannabis since 2014.  

Mr. Padilla is currently the CEO of Nova Growth Network, and holds licenses for Cultivation, Manufacturing, and Distribution in the city of Los Angeles. He is currently in queue for his retail license and is one of the first social equity license holders in the city of Los Angeles to be granted approval.

Mr. Padilla is a Los Angeles native, double business degree holder who lives in Los Angeles and is committed to serving his communities through his enterprise.


Kaitlin Urso, Environmental Protection Specialist
Kaitlin Urso

Kaitlin Urso is a free environmental consultant for small businesses for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver, CO. She has 10 years of technical environmental experience and a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Colorado.  In her role, Kaitlin rotates through industries to focus on providing proactive environmental assistance to and create lasting program resources for. Kaitlin specializes in greening the brewing and cannabis industries. Kaitlin was instramental in establishing the pilot program for the first commercial exchange of excess carbon dioxide produced during the beer fermentation process for later reuse by a cannabis cultivator that utilizes carbon dioxide to stimulate plant growth during cultivation.  

Amy George, Earthly Labs

Amy George Photo

Amy George is founder and CEO of Earthly Labs, a carbon capture IOT company with a vision to capture, convert and avoid 1 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions. Earthly Labs provides hardware and software to capture and monitor CO2 from small scale emissions sources like craft brewing and cannabis. 

Earthly Labs was a Carbon XPrize finalist (2016), featured at NYTimes ClimateTech as a top start-up to watch (2017) and selected by ABInBev 100+ sustainability accelerator to reduce CO2 emissions (2018). For the past twenty years, George has worked at the intersection of the environment and commerce in artificial intelligence, green consumer products and renewable technology. She has been recognized by Forbesand Fast Company and her products have been awarded “Top 100 Green Products for the World.” George holds an MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship and environmental management from The University of Texas and is a mom of two boys, who are her inspiration.

Chris Baca, The Clinic

Chris Baca

Boulder County Workshop 



2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST


Jacob Policzer, Cannabis Conservancy

Jacob PoliczerJacob Policzer is the Co-Founder and Director of Science and Strategy of The Cannabis Conservancy, a standards development and certification body that oversees the Simply Certified suite of sustainable cannabis certifications. Jacob is also the Board Chair of Sun+Earth Certified, a regenerative cannabis certification nonprofit. Jacob obtained a M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management through the Erasmus Mundus MESPOM consortium with a focus in urban agricultural sustainability. He has been a member of Denver’s DPHE’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group and NCIA’s Cannabis Cultivation Committee for the last four years. 

Ambra Sutherlin, Boulder County

Ambra Sutherlin

Ambra Sutherlin has worked for the Boulder County (PACE) Partners for a Clean Environment program for 8+ years as a business sustainability specialist. Ambra is dedicated to helping local businesses, and property owners/managers in energy, water, waste, and transportation to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and create better working environments, while also educating businesses on the larger sustainability, climate, resiliency, and equity goals for Boulder County.


Ambra has 10 years of experience in Commercial Architecture/Design and Green Building. She holds a B.S. degree from Colorado State University and a MArch degree from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. Ambra is a LEED AP BD+C & O&M and has managed commercial LEED projects.


Currently, Ambra is the coordinator for the Boulder County Cannabis Energy Impact Offset Fund and is a committee member on the Denver Cannabis Sustainability Work Group. She is passionate about working with cannabis operators to help with energy efficiency, reducing operation costs, carbon reduction, and industry transformation.


Nick Collins, Associate Director of ERS Office, Maine

Nick Collins 

Nick Collins, PE, is the Associate Director of ERS’s Maine office. He is a professional engineer licensed in Maine. His areas of expertise include the monitoring and verification of energy efficiency projects and the analysis of energy efficiency and demand-limiting measures in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. Nick has been on the delivery team implementing Efficiency Maine programs for the past 10 years.

He has led numerous impact evaluations of utility and program administrator incentive programs in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors including the last three consecutive NYSERDA Industrial Process and Efficiency (IPE) gross impact evaluations. For the past five years Nick has applied his expertise to the indoor cannabis cultivation industry where he has toured dozens of facilities, performed scoping audits, detailed technical reviews, and ground-breaking measurement and verification activities on indoor facilities throughout the US. Nick has been presenting these
findings and training other professionals on the topic of energy use and efficiency in indoor cannabis cultivation at conferences across the country.

He has published papers and presented with ACEEE, IEPEC, IEC, KEEA, NESEA, and EUCI. Prior to joining ERS, Nick was a project
manager in construction management on projects including Gillette Stadium, Terminal A at Logan Airport, and the Walker Art Building renovation and expansion at Bowdoin College. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine.

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