Bergendahl, John Andrew
Kmiotek, Stephen J.
The recreational cannabis industry has experienced rapid growth, yet the environmental impacts of the industry are still largely unknown. This may be attributed to the lack of available data and comprehensive studies. More fundamental and applied research is required in many areas of cannabis production. Our research provides an overview of current recreational cannabis regulations and an in-depth environmental analysis of five major concerns: water, pesticides, air, energy, and waste. For each category, common industry practices were evaluated to assess their environmental impacts. Based on our research, a series of recommendations were made to improve the sustainability of the cannabis industry.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering