About the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC)

Mission statement

To put conservation into action.

Vision statement

Thriving communities living sustainably.


Responsible Stewardship: We value resource conservation and are conscientious with the resources entrusted to us.

Impact: Our decisions are guided by the twin priorities of financial performance and community impact.

Collaboration: We recognize that partnership is at the heart of our best work. By combining forces for maximum impact we create maximum results.

Diversity: We define our community inclusively and strive for broad stakeholder engagement.

Leading with Integrity: Our decisions and actions are driven by honesty, transparency and doing the right thing.

Excellence of Service: We’re proud of our commitment to exceptional quality. We strive for continual improvement in how we deliver our services and interact with our community.

The Center for ReSource Conservation’s (CRC’s) goals are to tackle resource conservation issues in our community, to provide accessible and affordable conservation solutions, and to reduce the negative environmental impacts associated with non-sustainable practices. CRC empowers our community to put conservation into action in sustainable and measurable ways. In collaboration with local and regional municipalities, and with support from individual donors and foundations, CRC programs provide impactful and practical ways to conserve natural resources.

Our sustainability programs include:

ReSource: a retail center which accepts donations of architectural salvage for resale, diverting millions of pounds of materials from the landfill and creating affordable reclaimed building materials instead;

Water Conservation Programs: delivering direct services to help residents use less water, such as Slow the Flow and Garden In A Box;

ReNew Our Schools: a youth engagement program that ignites the next generation of conservationists in a fun and engaging competition around saving energy at school and at home.

With your support, we can expand these programs to more communities, leverage our expertise to build new conservation programs, and engage the larger sustainability community in active ways that have a positive and measurable impact.



The Center for ReSource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center (BECC), was founded in 1976 by a group of community-minded citizens seeking ways to help reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources. The organization has since developed extensive expertise in the areas of green building, renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste reduction and deconstruction, water conservation and sustainable living.

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Programs & Activities

Each year the CRC empowers more than 65,000 individuals to live a more sustainable life. The CRC engages these individuals through practical and accessible programs offered across the Front Range.


Our Youth Engagement program ReNew Our Schools promotes energy education and conservation in local schools through a month-long, student-led competition to reduce their schools’ energy use. Three winning schools are granted $20,000 each in energy retrofits in each competition.


CRC’s Water Programs help residents and businesses reduce water consumption by encouraging the efficient use of water at businesses and homes. The Slow the Flow Colorado Program offers free sprinkler inspections and indoor water conservation evaluations to customers of more than 25 area partner water providers.

The Garden In A Box program sells professionally-designed, pre-planned xeric gardens to make xeriscaping easy and fun. The program encourages turf replacement for maximum impact.

New in 2014 is the Commercial Water Conservation Audit program, providing the Colorado business community with no cost audits to help them save water and improve their bottom-line.

ReS team 10-1-14ReSource, our retail architectural salvage yard, accepts donations of new and used building materials.  Promoting waste reduction through innovative landfill diversion programs, ReSource sells these reclaimed materials at 50%–90% below retail cost.

ReSource serves as a  drop-off donation location for homeowners and contractors, and performs on-site donation pick ups for larger projects by appointment. The ReSource Tool Library is open daily within ReSource and allows its members borrow from a diverse tool inventory at affordable rates.

Professionals at ReSource Deconstruction Services facilitate the sustainable practice of carefully dismantling a structure, while preserving the structure’s embodied energy and yielding materials for reuse.

Annual Operating Budget

Click here for a copy of our 990 report.

CRC Staff

staff aug 13 002The CRC staff consists of 14 full-time and 6 part-time employees between the CRC Spruce St. office and ReSource and 25 seasonal employees. In addition, the CRC engages the services of hundreds of volunteers and interns.

CRC’s senior staff consists of:
Michelle Barnes, Interim Executive Director Melissa von Keyserling, Finance and HR Manager
Daniel Stellar, Senior Director Sustainability Anne Tengler, Director of Marketing

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is the Center for ReSource Conservation?
    • The CRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in downtown Boulder, CO. The CRC is committed to working in our local community, in our backyards and neighborhoods, to reduce consumption and landfill expansion through hands-on, innovative programs, services and  ReSource.
  2. Who is ReSource?
    • ReSource is a used building materials (and often we receive brand new items!) sales yard that is operated by the Center for ReSource Conservation.
  3. How are ReSource and CRC related?
    • ReSource was founded by the Center for ReSource Conservation in 1996 and is our main waste-reduction program. Think of ReSource as a conservation program of the CRC. The ReSource sales yard is in East Boulder and the CRC main office is in downtown Boulder. Visit ReSource on the web by going to www.resourceyard.org.
  4. Where does the CRC get its funding?
    • We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and, like any healthy non-profit, we rely on a variety of sources for funding.
      1. Individual Donors: We have a base of individual donors, or people who donate money to us because they believe in what we do. For info about becoming an individual donor click here.
      2. Program Grants: The CRC receives funding through the grant writing process. This is the least reliable but most exciting aspect of the work we do. The CRC writes grants throughout our program areas to explore new solutions to resource consumption issues. Funding organizations include: Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, independent foundations, and state and municipal organizations.
      3. Business and Organization Sponsors: We are supported by a number of local and national businesses. To find out how to become a Sponsor please contact Michelle Barnes directly 303.999.3820 ext. 202.
      4. Contract Work: The CRC also works on a contact basis to achieve our mission driven work. Currently the CRC works on a contract basis with 21 local municipalities across the Front Range.
  5. Do you need volunteers?
    • Yes! We are always interested in working with individuals who want to help make a difference. Opportunities range from spending a few hours each week in the office or ReSource sales yard to serving on an event planning committee. Check out our volunteer section for more information click here.
  6. Are you a City of Boulder department?
    • No we are not. We work closely with the City of Boulder, however we are an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  7. How can I make a donation to the CRC?



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