Mona Newton - Executive Director
As the Executive Director of CORE, Mona will oversee staff, public outreach and fundraising efforts. Mona is excited about working in the Roaring Valley where energy efficiency and renewable energy are a regular part of the conversation among all residents and continuing CORE’s work to support communities in achieving their energy efficiency and renewable energy and carbon reduction goals.
Mona joined CORE on June 1, 2012. Previously, Mona worked for 5 years at the Governor’s Energy Office. She worked with communities in the Front Range, eastern and southern Colorado to develop and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects in their communities. Prior to working with the GEO, she worked in the renewable energy sector and as Director of the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder.
Jason Haber - Energy Programs Manager
Jason works with residents, businesses, utility providers and local governments throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. He is currently assisting the towns of Carbondale and Basalt, CO to develop community-wide environmental strategic plans.
Prior to joining CORE in 2009, Jason gained a broad range of local government and environmental work experience with the Town of Snowmass Village, CO and the City of Santa Barbara, CA. His professional responsibilities have centered around project management, policy development and program implementation in the areas of energy and the environment, community and economic development, infill and redevelopment, capital improvements and public infrastructure, public finance and asset management.
Jason holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Charlie Eckart – Building Science Coordinator
As the Building Science Coordinator, Charlie brings his passion for energy efficiency within the built environment to a stage where overall impact is critical. Charlie will be overseeing the residential Energy Smart Colorado program with an eye on its effectiveness, the public interface and its financial sustainability. Helping incentivize the energy efficiency of the Valley’s commercial sector will also be a priority of his.
Charlie brings with him a strong background in energy auditing, ratings and weatherization services from his former company, Aspen Thermo Consulting. Trained as a licensed architect, he holds certifications as a LEED Accredited Professional, BPI Multi-Family and Building Analyst, and RESNET HERS rater.
Charlie has lived in Aspen since 1993 where he revels in various cycling pursuits and loves to telemark and skate ski. He actively volunteers for the Aspen Outdoor Space and Trails Committee is a trail crew leader for the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and is a founding board member for the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.
JP Strait – Energy Programs Specialist
JP works with CORE’s program partners and participants to develop, monitor and report on CORE’s commercial and Energy Smart residential rebates as well as the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP) grants. As the Energy Programs Specialist he will oversee the training of homeowners and contractors on energy efficiency building techniques.
JP brings his extensive background in residential and commercial green building and de-construction to CORE. As the owner of Strait Consulting he worked on many projects including the construction of the first Net-Zero house in Garfield County.
Sarah Gruen - Energy Smart Program Assistant
Sarah is responsible for organizing our rebate system, community outreach programs, and CORE initiatives. She is available to discuss incentives available to help homeowner’s energy upgrade projects, energy saving strategies and implementation.
Sarah moved to Aspen in 2012 to work as a Summer Naturalist for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Prior to making the move to Aspen, Sarah graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Geography and then worked in Seattle for outdoor recreation and conservation organizations. In her spare time, Sarah can be found exploring our mountains and lounging in the Colorado sun!