Sunday, November 26, 2023

Reducing Environmental Impact in Cannabis Production: An Interview with Tim Nolan, COO of Copperstate Farms

Leaders Perception Magazine is currently running an interview series called – Navigating AI’s Impact On Business
Today, we had the opportunity to interview Tim Nolan who is a Chief Operating Officerat Copperstate Farms.

Welcome to our interview with Tim Nolan, the Chief Operating Officer at Copperstate Farms, one of the largest greenhouse cannabis producers in the U.S. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Tim has a proven track record in navigating complex regulations and driving consistent growth. Today, we’ll be discussing how Copperstate Farms has worked to reduce its environmental impact through sustainable practices, and the challenges they’ve faced in implementing them. From low carbon footprint greenhouse production to minimizing single-use plastics, Tim will share the results of their efforts and how they continue to improve.

Interviewee Name: Tim Nolan

Company: Copperstate Farms

Tim Nolan’s favourite quote: “It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.” Yvon Chouinard¬†

The Interview

Thank you so much for joining us today! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your backstory?

Tim Nolan : I am the the Chief Operating Officer at Copperstate Farms, one of the largest greenhouse
cannabis producers in the U.S., with 40 acres under glass. I have over 15 years of direct
industry experience building and scaling cannabis operations throughout North America.

I’m well-versed in GMP and GAP Standards and have a proven track record in navigating the
complexities of international, federal, state, and industry-specific regulations to effectively
manage large-scale cannabis facilities and drive consistent growth. I have an intuitive ability to identify market trends and develop thoughtful operational objectives in tandem, which has led me to consistently execute and exceed business goals.

Prior to joining Copperstate Farms, I served as Director of Operations at Atlanticann Medical/MSIKU in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Mjardin in Denver, Colorado.

In what ways has your company worked to reduce its environmental impact, and what results have you seen from these efforts?

Tim Nolan : Copperstate Farms has done this by making high quality flower and solventless extract products available in Arizona through low carbon footprint greenhouse production. We are providing cannabis connoisseurs with a sustainable option to energy intensive indoor products.

What challenges have you faced in implementing sustainable practices, and how have you overcome them?

Tim Nolan : Cannabis is held to high microbial standards which leads to meaningful amounts of PPE being used in production. We try to minimize the use of single use plastics and recycle whenever possible. You need to ensure the product is safe and clean for patients and customers while minimizing the amount of material that is thrown away. Finding that balance is something that has taken years to accomplish and we are always working to improve. 

Leaders Perception would like to thank Tim Nolan and Copperstate Farms for the time dedicated to completing this interview and sharing their valuable insights with our readers!

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