CORE works cooperatively with businesses, individuals, utilities and government
entities to create measurable improvements in energy and water efficiency
in order to benefit the environment and develop a more sustainable economy.
The Community Office for Resource Efficiency is a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and green building in western Colorado and beyond.
CORE helps residents in the Roaring Fork Valley become energy efficient through rebates and low-interest loans for homes and businesses. See what you can do.
In addition to supporting individuals, CORE supports local organizations and entities through a robust grant program. Find out about the 2014 grant recipients and visit www.aspencore.org/grants for more information.
In 2000, Randy Udall, CORE’s ED at the time, and Stephen Kanipe from the City of Aspen helped start the world’s first Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), which has raised nearly 12 million dollars over the last twelve years. This money is used to fund various grant programs to lower carbon emissions in the Roaring Fork Valley. For more policy achievements, please visit CORE’s achievements page.
CORE’s partnerships with individuals, governments, nonprofits and businesses (which includes three local utilities) has led to a remarkable series of accomplishments. CORE’s board includes representatives from local municipalities and utility companies that help shape the direction of CORE.
CORE implements rebates for the City of Aspen Electric and works closely with Holy Cross Energy to help them meet their energy efficiency goals. Holy Cross customers are collectively purchasing 1.224 gigawatts of wind through the Wind Power Pioneers program, close to 1/60th of total wind installed in the US. The City of Aspen electric system uses over 75% renewable energy, with a goal of 100% by 2015.
Since its inception, CORE has raised 60%-70% of its funding through grants. Major contributors include: The City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, the Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation, Glenwood Springs Electric System, Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Rebuild Colorado, Rockefeller Foundation, Sandia National Lab, the Turner Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy.