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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.

    Summer Shutdown Checklist to Save Resources and Help Custodial Engineers

    Help our school custodians with summer cleaning and keep our energy bills affordable by checking your rooms this June to help us save resources and money.



    Shared Savings Resource Conservation Awards 2017-18

    Schools will be awarded funding in March 2018 for achievements in the previous school year.

    Green Team Funding

    Green Team funds were not distributed during 2017-18. This program has been postponed until Autumn 2018. Thank you to those who submitted applications. They will be kept on file.


    Natural Resources Conservation Procedures


    Our work builds on the District's Natural Resources Conservation Policy 6810Natural 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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