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    At Seattle Public Schools there are three Resource Conservation Specialists in the Facilities Operations Department. Their focus is to manage current utility expenses (electricity, natural gas, water/sewer, and solid waste) through low-cost/no-cost operating strategies. Seattle Public Schools includes over 9 million square feet of buildings, spends over $8,000,000 every year on utility bills, and uses enough electricity to power about 4,600 residential homes.

    School Year Beginning Preparations

    As teachers and staff prepare classrooms and offices for the start of a new school year please consult the conservation guidelines to ensure that we can continue to have comfortable rooms and affordable utility use.

    Preparations for new school year conservation

    Natural Resources Conservation Procedures


    Our work builds on the District's Natural Resources Conservation Policy 6810 Natural Resources Conservation Procedures SP6810  Resolution 2006/2007-18 (Climate Change), and Resolution 2012/13-12 (Green Resolution). In addition, we report annual energy use to the City of Seattle using Energy Star's Portfolio Manager and follow the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol for new buildings.

    SPS District-wide 2015-16 Conservation Results:

    - Reduced energy use by 15%
    - Reduced water use by 8%
    - Increased recycling by 20%

    In 2015/16 we reduced annual District-wide energy and water use and increased recycling for the fifth consecutive year. The District realized in excess of approximately $1.44 million in avoided costs due to utility conservation efforts.

    Reducing utility use has resulted in savings that enable a greater investment in our core mission of excellence in education.

    Current Initiatives

    Resource Conservation Specialists work closely with schools, community partners, and other departments to promote a wide range of work.

    Composting and Recycling We include mandatory food waste composting recycling programs at all schools. In Seattle food waste and recyclable materials are not allowed in the garbage.  

    We benchmarking utility use with the District's Energy and Utility Manager database, and with U.S. EPA's Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

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