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 2015 grant recipients and apply for your grant at www.aspencore.org/grants.
In 2000, the late Randy Udall, CORE’s then-Executive Director, and Stephen Kanipe from the City of Aspen helped start the world’s first Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), which has raised nearly $20 million dollars as of 2015. 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. 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.