About the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC)



Mission statement

To put conservation into action.

Vision statement

Thriving communities living sustainably.

Core Values


  • Collaboration
  • Global impact via local action
  • Individual engagement is the cornerstone of conservation
  • Stewardship of the organization’s resources
  • Practice what we preach

Statement of Need

The residents of Boulder City and County as well as neighboring municipalities are committed to leaving the legacy of a healthy, sustainable community, society and planet to future generations. Unfortunately, most people within our community are uncertain about how to turn that desire into action in practical and effective ways. Of those who have the knowledge, many fear that deprivation and discomfort are among the costs of taking action. The CRC addresses this need by providing individuals with the answers, the products and the services that make sustainable choices not just manageable, but comfortable and profitable.


Operational Guidelines

  • We engage individuals by responding to their own unique needs and goals.
  • We offer information and programs across the full spectrum of natural resource conservation opportunities.
  • We provide a continuum of opportunities and encourage individuals to grow from entry level actions to become conservation leaders within our community.
  • We work across the Front Range in order to provide local models for replication throughout Colorado and beyond through innovation and success.
  • We measure our success both in terms of individuals engaged and natural resources conserved (outputs and outcomes).
  • We annually review our strategic plan and community needs to ensure a sustainable and relevant future for our organization.


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.

CRC Impact Tracking Poster-2014-7 copy

Programs & Activities

Each year the CRC empowers more than 30,000 individuals to live a more sustainable life. The CRC reaches out to and engages these individuals through programming in the Sustainability division, for energy and water, and the ReSource division, for waste:

DSC00620 ReNew Our Schools promotes energy education and conservation in local schools through a competition led by students to determine who can reduce their energy use the most in one month.  Three winning schools are granted $20,000 in energy retrofits each year.

slowtheflow-sprinklerCRC’s Water Programs help residents and businesses reduce water consumption by encouraging the efficient use of water indoors and outside of businesses and homes. The Slow the Flow Colorado Program offers free sprinkler inspections and indoor water conservation evaluations to customers of partner water providers. The Garden In A Box program sells professionally-designed, pre-planned xeric gardens to make xeriscaping easy and fun. New in 2014 is the Commercial Water Conservation Audit program, providing the Colorado business community with free audits to help them save water and improve their bottom-line.

Free Water-Wise Landscape Seminars in April cover xeriscaping and sustainable landscaping topics.  Each year, the xeric garden program helps to convert 100,000 square feet of landscape to xeriscape.

ReSource_logo_blue_300dpiCRC manages ReSource, an architectural salvage yard that accepts donations of new and used reclaimed 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 location for homeowners and contractors. Located in Boulder, the ReSource Tool Library is open daily and lets 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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