Don’t Wait for Washington!
CORE works with government officials at the local, state and federal levels to promote forward thinking energy and green building policy. Despite Washington’s inaction over the years, hard-working citizens and dedicated partners have helped us accomplish a lot locally!
The most innovative and influential example is the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (or REMP), which has provided $10m in efficiency and clean energy improvements for the Valley.
Energy & Resource Policy in the Roaring Fork Valley
Since 1994, CORE has…
- Helped develop comprehensive new residential energy codes for Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, the Town of Carbondale, and the Town of Eagle.
- Helped the City of Aspen and Pitkin County develop the Efficient Building Code and the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (2000), which has raised almost $10million for Roaring Fork Valley projects.
- With voters in Pitkin, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties, passed a measure to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in 2009.
- Won a $4.9million Department of Energy grant to support the Energy Smart Program in Pitkin, Gunnison and Eagle Counties.
- Worked with citizen boards in the City of Aspen, Town of Basalt and Town of Carbondale to pass waste reduction ordinances in 2011.
- Introduced the Energy Rated Homes of Colorado Program in the Roaring Fork Valley.
- Participated as a central partner in the Million Solar Roofs Program.
- CORE’s former Executive Director, Randy Udall served on Governor Romer’s “Renewable Energy Task Force” from 1996-1998, as the chair of the Consumer Education and Demand subcommittee.
- With CORE’s encouragement, the City of Aspen joined the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign in 1997.
- Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, Town of Basalt, Town of Carbondale, with the special consultation of CORE, have all adopted outdoor lighting ordinances. The Town of Carbondale implemented Main Street lighting designed by CORE staff.
- CORE initiated the marketing campaign, Wind Power Pioneers Program, to sell Colorado’s first wind electricity that was made available in January 1998. CORE also played a major role in Holy Cross Energy’s decision to buy 4 turbines worth of power for Colorado customers. Holy Cross customers are now purchasing more wind power than any of the nation’s 930 rural electric utilities. As of 2004, Holy Cross is purchasing 5 megawatts of windpower.
- CORE was the facilitator of the 2 million kilowatt-hour, 20-year wind power contract, which the City of Aspen agreed to in March of 1999.
- CORE helped the Aspen Skiing Company create the “Resource Conservation Manager” position, now the Vice President of Sustainability.
- The Solar Power Pioneer Program, initiated in 1999, began one of the nation’s earliest solar rebate programs, providing “production incentives” to homeowners or businesses that install grid-tied photovoltaic systems or solar hot water.
- CORE researched and wrote reports on energy saving opportunities at Valley wastewater and water treatment plants.
- CORE piloted “Water Wise” curriculum for area schools. Holy Cross now supports “Water Wise” in six area schools.
Policy Resources for Local Governments
- Energy Efficiency Guide for Colorado Businesses. A fact sheet for businesses that are interested in pursuing energy efficiency improvements—but don’t know how to start or where to turn for help.
- ICLEI-Western States- Local Governments for Sustainability- good resources on how to participate with your government to create a sustainable town!
- NorthWest Colorado Council Of Governments- free low -income (AMI- based) home energy audits and weatherization.
- SouthWest Energy Efficiency Project
Building Improvements Funded by CORE
Please visit our Completed Projects page to see on-the-ground efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations!