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.
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!
Lucy Kessler - Outreach and Programs Coordinator
As Outreach Coordinator, Lucy oversees CORE’s presence and involvement in the community, as well as communications and marketing. She graduated with a degree in Biology from Colorado College and has since lived in Carbondale not once but twice now.
Lucy served as Production Coordinator for the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) Summit in Aspen where she choreographed topics and invited speakers to discuss climate change and renewable energy solutions. She worked at the grassroots level as the Campaign Director for the iMatter Campaign, a worldwide youth-led effort against climate change with 160 marches in over 40 countries. Lucy was the Green Team leader for Organizing for America in Denver and then served as the Regional Get-Out-The Vote Coordinator for the mountain towns of Colorado on the Obama Campaign.
She received a certificate in “Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2012 and then served as the Teaching Fellow for the class in 2013. She is stoked to be at CORE, working with the community on implementing real solutions!