Sustainability Committee


The Sustainability Committee exists to promote environmental sustainability, educate stakeholders, and increase the positive impact of Pullman School District’s operations on the environment. The committee is charged with being an instrument for discussion, identification, and action related to sustainability and energy conservation within the district. The committee will make recommendations to the board based on research and data.


The volunteer committee is comprised of one representative from each school building. Additional committee members may include:

  • Representatives of other district departments
  • LMS/PHS student representatives
  • Community representative 
  • School board representative

Committee meetings take place once a month on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Observers and guests are always welcome at meetings. Please email [email protected] or call (509) 332-3581 if you are interested in attending a committee meeting.


The committee meets quarterly or as directed by its chair (the Superintendent or designee). As appropriate, the committee will make informed recommendations to the School Board.


The Sustainability Committee makes recommendations to the leadership of the Pullman School District to promote environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Facilitate and review district energy audits, develop goals for energy reduction, and submit any comments or recommendations to the board.
  • Provide input to the board on other district issues, from a sustainability perspective, and make recommendations regarding long-term planning for sustainability.
  • Integrate sustainability education into aspects of classroom/curriculum programming and parent/community education, in collaboration with community and industry partners.
  • Promote green technologies and behaviors across the district.
  • Seek collaborative relationships within the community.

Consistent with these functions, the Sustainability Committee will encourage continuous improvement of and should foster adherence to the district’s policies, procedures, and practices at all levels.


  • Trish Blehm, Kamiak Elementary
  • Sandra Casanova, Jefferson Elementary
  • Kimi Emerson, Sunnyside Elementary
  • Holly Steele, Franklin Elementary
  • Geoff Reilly, Lincoln Middle School 
  • Juston Pollestad, Pullman High School
  • OPENLincoln Middle School Student Representative
  • OPEN, 9th Grade Pullman High School Student Representative
  • OPEN, 10th Grade Pullman High School Student Representative
  • Cecilia Hellmann11th Grade Pullman High School Student Representative
  • OPEN, 12th Grade Pullman High School Student Representative
  • Lisa Waananen Jones, School Board Representative
  • Joe Thornton, Executive Director of Operations
  • Jessie Campbell, Nutrition Services Supervisor
  • Bob Maxwell, Superintendent
  • Matt HeiszlerDistrict Office
  • Courtney Hodge, Committee Secretary


Guiding Policy:
6810 Energy Management, Education and Conservation