Bellingham Public Schools

Resource Conservation Management

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The Resource Conservation Program is a partnership between the Bellingham School District and Puget Sound Energy (PSE).  PSE provided a grant for $42,000 to fund a half-time Resource Conservation Manager position.  This program is based on a three-year term and requires the district to reduce electricity usage by 3% each year.  In lieu of adding FTE, the district appointed two employees—Buildings and Grounds Director Mike Anderson and Director of Business Services Kathryn Weilage as Co-Resource Conservation Managers (RCMs).  Both RCMs completed the required training program by PSE and have been successful in implementing the Resource Conservation Program.  In addition to electricity, the district has broadened the scope of our program to target savings in other resource areas such as water, sewer, garbage, natural gas, and recycling.