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Program Background

The concept and use of Resource Conservation Management (RCM) programs began in the Pacific Northwest nearly 40 years ago. Since then, comprehensive programs have been implemented around the globe. 

RCM Programs

  • Are a coordinated team effort to manage resources and services used and the waste generated by our facilities. The team is comprised of members from the entire school community including administrators, teachers, students, facilities and maintenance staff and the program manager. 
  • Involve careful tracking of resource usage and costs not only through the use of computer software but by performing periodic surveys of each facility to measure the program's effectiveness.
  • Focus on occupant comfort, cost effectiveness and assuring that equipment is used only when needed. Conserving resources doesn't mean having to work or learn in an undesirable environment. It's simply a means of controlling the operating costs of our facilities and doing things a little smarter than we have in the past.

Program Benefits

  • Studies of RCM programs have shown that in a comprehensive program, 50% of the savings realized come from projects that cost little or no money and that considerable savings can be achieved by making simple behavioral changes to the way we do things day to day.
  • These programs benefit the environment by reducing our demand on water supplies, sewage treatment and landfill use. 
  • Utilities benefit from the reduced demand for power generation and the need to construct new power plants.
  • Taxpayer dollars can be spent more efficiently on items such as instructional materials, site improvements and other capital projects.