Roots RX
Blood Orange, Ice Cream Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Yuk Mouth
Roots Rx
Apple Fritter, Berries N Cream, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Island, Koko Puffs, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
Simply Pure
Blood Orange, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Lava Breath, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Sour Melon, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Smokin Gun Apothecary
Ooh La La, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Spark
Peach Kush, Sundae Float
Star Buds
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garanimals, Gelato 41, Georgia Pie, Infinity, Layer Cake, Meow, Peking Duck, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Star buds
Meow, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og
Steel City Meds
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Item 9, Papaya Cake, Peach Pie, Sage And Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
The 404 Dispensary
Meow, Peach Crescendo, Super Sour Lemon, White Runtz
The 64 Store
Cake Pop, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Koko Puffs, Layer Cake, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo
Ice Milk, Island, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Runtz, Skywalker, Slap N Tickle
The Green Solution
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Blue Sherbert, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Item 9, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snozzberry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
The Happy Camper Cannabis Company
Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Island, Lucky Charms, Melonz, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White Runtz, Yuck Mouth, Zookies
The Joint Denver
Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Sour Melon
The Kind Castle
Gelato 41, Peach Kush, Sueno
The Spot
Banana Kush, Cherry Hills, Granola Funk, Sueno
The Spot 420
Bananaghani
The Underground Station
Frosted Jack, Galleta, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, The Sauce
Third Day Apothecary
Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath, Grape Oz
Tumbleweed
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Georgia Pie, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Grenadine, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Lemon Pepper, London Pound Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Soda, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Item 9, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Sundae Float, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth
Unity Rd
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Frosted Jack, Gary Payton, Gg 4, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Melon, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, Unicorn Poop
Verts Neighborhood Dispensary
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Sueno, Triangle Og
Zengold's
Bubba Berry
1136 Yuma
Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Pie, Raspberry, Yuk Mouth
A Cut Above
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Island, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
Backcountry Cannabis Co.
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Fubar, Sour Melon, Yuk Mouth
Berkeley Disensary
Granola Funk, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Peach Kush, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops
Big Medicine Cannabissary
Garlic Breath
Boulder Wellness Center
Medellin
Breckenridge Organic Therapy
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Triangle Og
Buddy Boy
Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lucky Charms, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Island, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Raspberry, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap And Tickle, Slurricane, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pop, Tart Pops, Thai, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Yuck Mouth, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Cherry Peak Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Blood Orange, Cereal Milk, Chemmy Jones, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Meow, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Runtz, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Chronic Therapy
Strawberries N Cream
Colorado Harvest Company
Biker Oz, Flow, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sundae Float, Tart Pops
Cookies
Forza Sans Souci, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La
Denvers Kush Club
Apple Fritter, Midnight, Muffinz, Noon, Peach Kush
Doctors Orders
Item 9, Peach Crescendo, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Snickerz, Sour Melon
Drift
Gelato 41, Infinity, White 99
Eclipse Cannabis
Ice Cream Cake, Mac
Elevated
Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Melonz, Strawberry Shortcake
EmJ's
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Forza Sans Souci, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Emerald Fields
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gary Payton, Ice Milk, Melonz, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Euflora
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gg 4, Layer Cake, Peking Duck, Snickerz, Super Sour Lemon
Fountain Organics
Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
Golden Meds
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Melonz, Muffinz, Sherb Crasher, Sunset Drive, Yuk Mouth
Golden Meds
Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Dosi, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Sueno
Green Dragon
Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo
Green Pharm 2
Banana Kush, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Milk, Super Sour Lemon
Greenfields
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
Herbal Healing
Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Pineapple Blast, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Herbs 4 You
Gas Tanker, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon, Yuk Mouth
High Octane Dispensary
Biker Oz, Gary Payton, Triangle Og
High Plains Strains
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sundae Float, Triangle Og
High Plainz Strains
Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, White 99, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Higher Grade
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel
Kanopya Springs
Item 9, Sueno, Tart Pops
Karmaceuticals
Chemmy Jones, Peking Duck, Sage N Sour, White 99, White Runtz
Kind Care Of Colorado
Ice Cream Cake, Island, Lava Breath, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Slurricane
Kinfolk Farms
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Fubar, Gas Tanker, Larry, Layer Cake, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
LOVA co
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Ice Milk, Medellin, Sage N Sour
LaConte's Denver
Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush
Lakeshore Cannabis
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cookies Cream, Galleta, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Item 9, Melonz, Peking Duck, Ritas Cherry, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, Wookie Fruit
Lightshade
Apple Fritter, Cereal Milk, Chem 4, Cherry Diesel, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Gelato 41, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Lucky Charms, Midnight, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Slap N Tickle, Sour Flower, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Living Rose Wellness
Gas Tanker, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Item 9, Layer Cake, Melons, Milky Weigh
Lova co
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Lemon P, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Magnolia Rd.
Cherry Hills, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Shortcake, The Sauce
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co
Bananas, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Gas Tanker, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Sueno, Yuk Mouth
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co.
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Grape Oz, Super Sour Lemon
Maikoh Holistics
La Kush Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Runtz, Snickerz
Mana Cannabis
Sueno, White 99, White Runtz
Mana Supply Company
Sueno, White 99
Medicine Man
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Infinity, La Kush Cake, Larry, Lava Breath, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Mile High Dispensary
Sueno
Native Roots
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Pudding Pop, Purple Marmalade, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pop, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Native Roots Vail
Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Gg 4, Melonz, Muffinz, Ritas Cherry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sueno, The Sauce
Natural Alternatives for Health
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Durban Kush, Koko Puffs, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Strawberry Shortcake
Nature's Herbs & Wellness
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Cake Pop, Cookies N Cream, Dosi, Forza Sans Souci, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Wedding Crasher
Natures Herbs & Wellness Center
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Yuk Mouth
Natures Kiss
Muffinz, Project 4510, Snowman
Natures Medicine
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Fubar, Garlic Cookies, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Super Sour Lemon, White 99
Oasis Cannabis Superstore
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Collins Ave, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Medellin, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Purple Marmalade, Ritas Cherry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
Peak MJ
Cake Pop, Purple Papaya Punch, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Wookie Fruit
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Bubba Berry, Forza Sans Souci, Headband Kush, Island, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White 99
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Peach Kush, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Road
Bananaghani, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Lava Breath, Melonz, Midnight, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og

November 29, 2021

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Pledged money not going to Indigenous causes

Wed, November 24, 2021, 3:36 PM·10 min read

Today is Wednesday. Welcome to Equilibrium, a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.

Of the billions of dollars pledged to Indigenous "causes" during COP26, little may actually reach Indigeous peoples themselves, Mongabay reported.

Indigenous communities in the Amazon, for example, have 90-percent less deforestation than the average, the World Resource Institute has found - but less than 17 percent of funds for Indigenous conservation actually reach such communities, according to Rainforest Foundation Norway.

Instead, it's sopped up by middlemen: NGOs, national governments and institutions, regional development banks and U.N. agencies, Mongabay reported. That has indigenous organizations arguing they could make the money go further themselves.

"We need to stop being treated as mere 'beneficiaries' or almost 'objects' of cooperation, and instead be treated as implementers and protagonists of our realities, which are little known to third parties," Jorge Perez, president of AIDESEP, the main union of Indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon, told Mongabay.

Today we have something a little different for you heading into the long Thanksgiving weekend: we're letting our hair down and taking a look at the legal cannabis industry, a rapidly growing agricultural sector with an equally large ecological footprint.

For Equilibrium, we are Saul Elbein and Sharon Udasin. Please send tips or comments to Saul at selbein@thehill.com or Sharon at sudasin@thehill.com. Follow us on Twitter: @saul_elbein and @sharonudasin.

Let's get to it.

Even legal cannabis has a green problem

The cannabis industry has a green problem. Along with rapidly growing revenues and political support - in 2020, the legal marijuana business hit $17 billion in sales, according to Forbes - comes an equally impressive ecological footprint.

Growing cannabis is energy intensive, generates tons of hard-to-recycle plastic waste and requires big inputs of water, fertilizer and even carbon dioxide, said Elizabeth Lee, health and sustainability officer for Denver-based Veritas Fine Cannabis.

First steps: Lee's position is a new one for the craft cannabis retailer, said her boss, marketing manager John Spadafora.

After pushing her bosses to institute a container recycling program, Lee was promoted up from packaging and fulfillment to help Veritas address a company desire to be "better than we need to be in an industry that's a tremendous waster," Spadafora said.

Lee sat down with Equilibrium to discuss the hidden ecologic cost of cannabis, and what Veritas - and the city of Denver - are doing to cut it down.

Top line: The cannabis industry faces three principle sustainability issues, Lee said: packaging, electricity and carbon dioxide. As Veritas' new health and sustainability officer, she's taken steps to reduce the impact of each.

Wait - how did you get a job like that? Luck and interest. Lee came to Colorado in 2018 with a bachelor's in environmental health and safety from American University - and was swept into Denver's sustainable cannabis scene while working at a small dispensary and pursuing her master's at University of Denver.

"I'd moved to Colorado on a whim - I enjoyed consuming cannabis, but I didn't think it could be a job," Lee said. "But I immersed myself into the [city-run] Cannabis Sustainability Work Group, with people from the business across Colorado."

Lucky break: Wanting to learn more about the background of the industry, she applied to Veritas, which supplies dispensaries like the one she worked at.

"Once a month, the executive team sits down with a different mixture of employees," Spadafora said, and Lee's ideas around recycling got them to create a position for her.

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THREE PRINCIPLE ISSUES

#1: Waste: The legal cannabis market has long relied on ubiquitous zippered plastic bags and snap-top plastic containers, which are mandatory in many markets to keep cannabis products out of the reach of children.

"The bags can't be recycled at all, so they end up in landfills, which harms the environment and releases methane," Lee said. The hard-shelled containers, meanwhile, come from #5 plastics which are hard - though not impossible - to recycle, and which tend to end up in landfills as well.

How can dispensaries address it? "It helps having someone on board who actively searches for sustainable packaging," Lee said.

Veritas sells its product in glass jars, and Lee has led a pilot project to switch their regulars to recycling them. "I want to create an initiative for consumers to return their jars to the dispensary, drop in a receptacle where we can sanitize and reuse."

Part of the push is coming from the customers themselves, she said. "We have a big push of customers asking how and when they can recycle and reuse their jars. They have realized how much packaging waste is created through this industry, and they want to be in the forefront of reducing it."

#2: Power: Then there is the high amounts of energy required to run a growhouse - a particular issue in Denver, where zoning and odor control restrictions mean that outdoor growth is prohibited.

Barred from using the sun, cannabis growers have to use a lot of electricity to power grow lights, which tend to be concentrated in retrofitted industrial and manufacturing facilities "where the HVAC and energy aren't necessarily as good as you'd see in other facilities," Lee said.

A 24-hour grow cycle makes this worse: "At home, you turn off lights - but in cultivation, we need 12-16 or 18 hours a day of lights, 20-30 rooms. So energy usage is substantial," Lee said.

The lighting and HVAC problems also go hand-in-hand, Lee said. "We're currently using high-pressure sodium lights, which use a lot of energy and put off a lot of heat, which we then have to run the HVAC to cool off. So that's a lot of strain on our power grid."

The power company steps in: A local power utility, Xcel, has been working for years with cannabis growers to transition them to more efficient alternatives, according to MJBizDaily

Veritas is working with Xcel to convert their facilities from high-sodium lights to more efficient LED lights, which the utility helps provide support for. The power company sends a third-party auditor out to the facility, who advises them on the conversion and helps submit a proposal to the utility..

"We installed a full room of 20 LED lights. Then they cut us a rebate check for those lights we installed - we got about a 18 to 20 percent reduction in our bill."

Why would the power company do that? Because the cannabis industry tends to run lights 24 hours a day, "Xcel can't reduce the times we're having the lights on, but if we can pull less power from the grid, that's a benefit from their perspective, because then they can offer more power to other businesses."

#3: Carbon dioxide: The cannabis industry also depends on carbon dioxide, which is used to both improve yields and to boost the production of terpenes, the aromatic organic compounds that give different marijuana strains their distinct flavors - as well as their differing psychoactive effects, according to Healthline.

Veritas relies on commercially produced carbon dioxide, but would rather buy from a source with waste carbon dioxide to get rid of - which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

They're in talks with Oskar Blues Brewery, which produces carbon dioxide as a byproduct in virtually every step of the beer-brewing process, to capture the gas from their fermentation tanks and bring it to Veritas growhouses.

Won't it still end up in the atmosphere? No, Lee says. "It will be transferred to our facility to be used by the plants in their growth. The plants will sequester them as they grow."

WHY DO THIS?

Is this a marketing opportunity? "Colorado is more environmentally conscious than a lot of locations," said marketing director Spadafora. "This is something the market wants and expects leaders to do: if you're wasting, you shouldn't waste."

But that's not why they're doing it, he said. "None of this was done for marketing purposes. Our desire as a company is to be the best citizen we can be, in terms of energy, waste and how we treat our team."

Creating a safe environment: That last issue is a key sustainability concern for the cannabis industry as well, because the fact that the industry is federally illegal means that federal protections provided by the Clean Air Act and or administered by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) aren't enforced.

Last words: "OSHA won't come into our facilities," Lee said, "but we want to set standards in Veritas which are in line with OSHA standards."

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Wednesdays around the World

Environmental groups see no contradiction in Biden oil release

  • The U.S decision to join India, the U.K. and China in releasing oil from strategic petroleum reserves has met with approval from many environmental groups, The Associated Press reported.
  • "This is what reserves are for - defending our economy against disruption,″ tweeted climate hawk Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
  • If anything, Biden should have acted sooner, said Lorne Stockman of Oil Change International, an organization dedicated to the transition off fossil fuels.
  • "Presidents are always blamed for high gas prices, whether they have anything to do with it or not,″ Stockman said, suggesting that the move was politically necessary.

Intensive farming isn't green, investment group tells EU

  • As the European Commission - the bloc's executive branch - weighs which measures to call climate friendly, a group of global asset managers representing $3.5 trillion argues one sector should be left out: intensive farming, according to Reuters.
  • "It is deeply concerning to see a proposal that would count E.U. agricultural subsidies as green, when we know that many of these subsidies are harmful," said Helena Wright of the FAIRR Initiative, which coordinated the letter.
  • Calling those subsidies "green" risked undercutting E.U. policy goals before they began, Wright said.

Germany's new government to phase out coal by 2030

  • Germany's three governing parties - the Greens, Social Democrats and Free Democrats - have agreed to a coal phase-out as part of their move toward coalition, Reuters reported.
  • The parties also agreed to phase out sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, and to explore the production of "blue hydrogen" - generated from methane and with its carbon captured - which some scientists believe is worse than natural gas.
  • September's elections failed to give any party an overwhelming majority, forcing the two left-wing parties - the Greens and Social Democrats - to caucus with the right-leaning Free Democrats if they want to form a government.

Equilibrium will be off for Thanksgiving and Black Friday - but we'd like to express that this year, one of the things we're thankful for is you as readers. When we launched this project in June, we had no idea that it would elicit such an enthusiastic following, and we're delighted you're here.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and please visit The Hill's sustainability section online for the web version of this newsletter and more stories. We'll see you back here on Monday.

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