Resource Synergy is committed to helping Pacific Northwest businesses reduce costs and increase brand value. Founded in 2015, the company leverages the expertise of sustainability consultant and thought leader, Erik Makinson. Resource Synergy helps businesses, non-profits and government agencies overcome adoption barriers, ensuring the success of energy & water efficiency and waste diversion programs.

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Erik Makinson - "Founder/President"

Erik Makinson has built a career on helping organizations realize financial and environmental value through sustainability programs. While working for The Coca-Cola Company, he led the development of the food service industry's first compostable cold cup, helped proliferate recycling cooperatives from Brazil to Mexico and Argentina, and redeployed energy efficient refrigeration from the Beijing Olympics to Walmart stores in China. Subsequently, he spent 6 years building a waste consulting business for Ecova, which today supports over 100 clients representing 60,000 business sites. Erik has spoken at conferences or has written articles for numerous organizations including the National Restaurant Association, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, GreenBiz, Environmental Leader, and the California Resource Recovery Association. He holds a BA in Business Administration/ Marketing from Seattle University, a Certificate of Sustainable Business from Pinchot University, Resource Recovery Manager Certification from the California Resource Recovery Association and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation from the American Association of Energy Engineers.


Boone Birdsell - "Project Developer"

Boone Birdsell brings to Resource Synergy over 20 years of experience developing energy projects for local government agencies and private facilities. He has lead projects across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, California and Washington. Boone excels at developing holistic strategies for energy efficiency that deliver financial returns while increasing building comfort for occupants. Boone holds a BS in mechanical Engineering from Kennedy University and an AS in Electrical and Electronics technology from Shelton State college. He has spoken as an expert in his field with many trade associations such as ASHRAE, BOMA, IFMA, AWWA, SAME, AAEE and the Energy Services Coalition and others throughout the western United States.

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Kim Ducote' - "Market Developer"

Kim Ducoté has more than 25 years of experience in recycling, solid waste, waste prevention and environmental education and outreach. Her expertise includes program planning, implementation, compliance, training and outreach. Kim has extensive experience working with businesses, government agencies, property managers and residents, and the public.

Kim worked for one of the largest material recovery facility (MRF) and transfer stations in the Northwest, and at two metal recycling facilities. This experience provided a unique perspective about waste/recycling and the infrastructure needed for a healthy solid waste transfer and recycling system. Which significantly contributes to a healthier planet and therefore healthier people.

Kim is passionate about nature, and this fuels her work. Kim has taken numerous classes and workshops on recycling, including recycling of plastics, electronics, paper, wood, construction & demolition debris, organic debris and more. She has completed The Natural Step, SCORE Sustainability Training and the Green Business Boot Camp. Kim was also selected to attend The Climate Reality Project Training, Al Gore’s Climate Change Foundation. In 2008 Kim was inducted into the Washington State Recycling Association’s Hall of Fame and on the team that won the 2020 Recycler of the Year – Public Agency for The City of Auburn, Washington.

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Alyssa Estes - "Project Associate"

Previously working as an intern for the City of Spokane in the Waste to Energy Facility, Estes brings a passion for waste reduction and local sustainability as well as education surrounding environmental history, politics, and science. A graduate of Gonzaga University, Estes received her degree in Environmental Studies and minored in both Sustainable Business and Italian Studies. While at Gonzaga, she was involved in the Senior Environmental Studies capstone project, the Spokane River Vision Plan. This project gathered research, interviewed community stakeholders, and leadership within sovereign nations and presented to the Spokane City Council, encouraging them to develop a comprehensive river plan for the Spokane River. Estes wants to work towards a zero-waste future starting in her home state of Washington.


Kevin Fagan - "Project Associate"

Kevin brings a holistic perspective for the future of sustainability transition into his work at Resource Synergy. Through his research on climate change, specifically the health effects of wildfire smoke, and his work on the City of Spokane’s Sustainable Action Subcommittee, Kevin understands the need and path for a Carbon-free future. His previous work and research have given him a necessary background in many issues facing businesses and municipalities alike. A graduate of Gonzaga University, Kevin majored in Sociology with minors in Sustainable Business and Spanish.