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.
In addition to supporting individuals, CORE supports local organizations and entities through a robust grant program. Learn how to apply for a grant here.
The Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP) is a pioneering building code program that mitigates excessive energy usage in the built environment with grants, rebates and other programs for smart energy initiatives (think snowmelt fees for solar funding, for example). Since its inception in 2000, CORE has granted $8.2 million in REMP funds, underwriting projects that lower carbon emissions in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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. In 2015, Holy Cross Energy achieved an annual deemed savings that exceeded their energy efficiency goals by 1,552 MW. In 2015, the City of Aspen electric utility achieved 100% of their power provided by clean energy.
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.