Center for ReSource Conservation (Boulder, CO)


  • Name:Ms. Jennifer Shriver
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for ReSource Conservation
  • Address:2639 Spruce Street
    Boulder, CO 80302
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-999-3820

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:6400 Arapahoe Road
    Boulder, CO 80301
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:303-999-3820
  • Mobile phone:303-641-2749
  • Home phone:303-247-1622

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The Center for ReSource Conservation's mission is to empower our community to conserve natural resources.
    We envision a thriving community that understands the finite nature of natural resources, and acts to conserve them.
    Our environmental programming contributes to resilient communities.

  • Overview:
  • The Center for ReSource Conservation serves over 50,000 area residents every year, providing practical solutions to environmental challenges. The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center, 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 water conservation. We share practical solutions for environmental living through print and on-line communications materials, direct services, events, workshops, demonstration projects, tours, and walk-in/email/phone requests for information. Our goal is to tackle resource conservation issues close to home, provide accessible and affordable conservation solutions, and reduce the negative environmental impacts associated with non-sustainable practices. The Center for ReSource Conservation’s objective is to provide programs and services that empower individuals to turn natural resource conservation beliefs into action in their daily lives.
    Each year, the CRC empowers more than 50,000 individuals to live a more sustainable life. The CRC reaches out to and engages these individuals through our energy, water, and building material conservation programs.
    Building Material Conservation: Our work in this area puts us in the center of the recycling and green building movements. Our ReSource Yards in Boulder and Fort Collins are dedicated to recycling and re-use of architectural salvage and re-used building materials. Over 4 million pounds of building materials are diverted from area landfills every year, with over 30,000 customer transactions ever year. Area homeowners, artists, teachers, students, do-it-yourselfers, contractors, non-profit organizations, and businesses visit the Yards, both to donate and to purchase materials.
    The main activity at the Yards, recycling and re-use of building materials, are accompanied by our deconstruction services, where we go to properties undergoing construction or remodeling, and bring the recyclable building materials to our Yard. As compared with cutting trees, putting logs through a lumber mill, and creating new cabinets, 2 x 4s, doors, and windows, the ReSource Yard activities help conserve over 88 million BTUs every year.
    At the Boulder ReSource Yard, we also operate a Tool Library. Open 7 days a week, the ReSource Tool Library is a community-based tool lending library that hosts a centralized inventory of over 3,500 hand, electric and gas-power tools. The membership-based program promotes community resource sharing, while leveraging communal purchasing power and delivering very affordable tool-lending services to individuals, businesses, and civic or community organizations. These activities help build our commonwealth of resilient, empowered people who are able to help themselves and help others, whether it comes to building a chicken coop, insulating a home, or installing double-paned windows into a new greenhouse.
    Our Woodworks program at the Boulder ReSource Yard offers affordable home and garden furnishings, creating unique, sustainable, functional, objects out of reclaimed materials. By using donated, reclaimed materials to make furniture and home accessories, ReSource Woodworks provdes an opportunity for people to buy new, affordable, eco-friendly wood products for the home and garden.
    The Center for ReSource Conservation's water conservation programs have significant local impact, with over 22 water utility partners along the Front Range, and over 2,000 water-saving audits every year, saving 1 million gallons of water each year. Since its inception in 2004, this program has saved over 10 million gallons of water, a significant achievement for our semi-arid climate.
    The Energy Conservation Programs are led by ReNew Our Schools, bringing photovoltaics, renewable energy, and energy conservation to area schools, while creating future environmental leaders as engaged student teams lead efforts to conserve energy and win a photovoltaic system. Through the Denver Energy Challenge, we provide energy coaching to area homeowners, helping them prioritize and implement the recommendations of their energy audit.
    We are excited to continue working to build environmentally resilient and sustainable communities.

  • History:
  • The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center, 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 water conservation.

    In the spring of 1996 The Boulder Energy Conservation Center (BECC), now the Center for ReSource Conservation, created a program that would accept and resell various kinds of reusable building materials. Open one day a week beginning on Earth Day that year, ReSource 2000 made its debut in the burgeoning sustainability industry. It was originally staffed by highly motivated board members of the BECC. With a lease of one dollar a month from Western Disposal, the 1.2 acre sales yard soon took on energy of its own.

    The year 2000 came and went and ReSource found itself still in existence, subsequently dropping the 2K. A generous 2004 grant from the Boulder County Resource Conservation Division resulted in the erection of two steel buildings at the Boulder site, providing equal opportunity for all doors, windows and cabinets to make it through the winter.

    In 2005 ReSource opened its doors in Fort Collins.

    ReSource has been awarded locally and nationally for its waste reduction efforts. The successful ReSource deconstruction program carefully removes materials that can be reused before a remodel or demolition. The Construction and Demolition Waste program helps ease the burden on landfills by insuring that contractors have easy recycling access through compartmentalized trailers that are placed at job sites.

    Well-known for great deals on reclaimed building materials and tax deductions for donations, ReSource has also become a center for local environmental activists, recycling answers and community and educational outreach.

    The CRC's water conservation division has helped area residents reduce their water use through several effective programs. CRC has extensive experience working in partnership with local municipal customers to implement water conservation programs. Through the CRC’s flagship conservation program Slow the Flow Colorado,the CRC works with twenty-three Front Range water providers, offering indoor and outdoor water audits to their customers. CRC has conducted over 10,000 inspections since 2004. Starting in 2002, the CRC partnered with four water providers to sell lowcost, pre-planned xeric gardens through the Garden-In-A-Box program; over 10,000 gardens have been sold to date. Since 2004, with the Water-Wise Landscape Seminar Program, CRC partnered with six water providers to teach over 5,000 people the insand-outs
    of water-wise landscaping.

  • Year established:1976
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:9
  • Staff size:25


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:84-0808982

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:840808982
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2639 SPRUCE ST
  • Organization City:BOULDER
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80302-3808
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1980
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):123
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C600
  • Asset Amount:$800,835
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,199,417
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,159,946
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:31:44 pm

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