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.


Kevin Fagan - "Project Coordinator"

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.


Sam Carter - "Project Associate"

A graduate of Gonzaga University, Sam received his degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Art. While at Gonzaga Sam helped to design and conduct a yearlong analysis of wildlife corridors and barriers to animal migration in the greater Spokane area in partnership with the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy. As an avid outdoorsman, Sam understands the importance of taking steps towards a more sustainable future so that we can protect and preserve natural spaces. Sam aims to assist businesses and individuals in realizing their full sustainability potential.