Come visit CORE at the Third Street Center, 520 South Third St, Suite 2. Stop by and see us! Or call at (970) 963-1090, or email CORE’s new Outreach Coordinator, Lucy Emerson-Bell at email@example.com.
CORE has worked on several programs in the Town of Carbondale:
Goals for Carbondale in collaboration with CLEER
Goal #1: Increase per capita energy efficiency by 20% by 2020 over a 2009 baseline to have a stronger, more resilient and energy-secure economy. Pitkin County and the Town of Snowmass have also adopted this goal; the City of Aspen’s goal is to reach 30% energy efficiency by 2020.
Goal #2: Reduce petroleum consumption 25% by 2020, over a 2009 baseline, as a means to a stronger, more resilient and energy-secure economy
Goal # 3: Obtain 35% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020 as a means to a stronger, more resilient and more energy-secure economy.
Results to date: January 2013 to June 2013
|Total number of rebates||24 (17 through CORE, 7 through Energy Smart)|
|Total amount distributed in rebates||$25,150.75|
|Total project costs||$199,181.32|
|Rebate multiplier||1: 8|
|Total rebates for clothes washers||$300|
|Total rebates on dishwashers||$200|
|Total rebates on EPA toilets||$75|
|Total rebates on heating||$3,000|
|Total rebates on water heating||$1,282.25|
|Total rebates on insulation||$892.50|
|Total rebates on programmable thermostats||$15|
|Total rebates on renewable energy||$19,386|
|Number of businesses in Carbondale who received rebates||3|
|Total rebates paid out||$7,500|
|Rebate multiplier||1: 13|
CORE Grants Awarded in Carbondale in 2012:
2013 Green Key Grant Awardees won’t be announced until late August
2013 applicants from Carbondale include Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS), Garco Public Library, and the GreenSprouts Foundation
|2012 Grant awardee||Amount||Project|
|Community Grassroots TV||$9,000||Lighting efficiency upgrades|
|RFTA||$30,000||The purchase and installation of five electric vehicle charging stations, one of which will be installed in Carbondale|
|Third Street Center||$10,000||Upgrades to the building’s HVAC controls system|
|Ross Montessori School||$18,500||To investigate the applicability of Passivhaus design criteria in designing a new pre-school building and conduct energy-modeling|
|Total grant funding awarded in Carbondale in 2012:||$67,500|
- CORE partnered with CLEER to assist Town staff in drafting and issuing a RFP soliciting proposals for a new solar installation project.
- CORE also participated in reviewing responses to the RFP, and in the interview and project selection processes.
Regional Waste Dialogues:
- CORE convenes a regular meeting of government and landfill representatives (from Carbondale, Aspen, Pitkin County, Basalt, Snowmass Village, Glenwood Springs, Eagle County, New Castle, Vail and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability) on a quarterly basis to discuss issues concerning municipal solid waste, recycling and composting throughout the region.
- These meetings create opportunities to build relationships, share best practices, and identify opportunities for alignment in regulatory and outreach based efforts to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and long-term sustainability of our regional waste management systems.
Waste Free Roaring Fork:
- Through CORE’s participation in Waste Free Roaring Fork, CORE organized the Cup campaign February 4 – 8, 2013 in Carbondale.
- Two coffee shops in Carbondale participated and were able to successfully encourage customers to use reusable mugs instead of single-use coffee cups. The program will be repeated in Carbondale in February of 2014.
The Roaring Fork Watershed Regional Water Conservation Plan:
- CORE secured a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to engage municipal water providers operating in the Roaring Fork Watershed (Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs).
- All five entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to work collaboratively and committing funding toward a local match requirement in pursuit of a Water Efficiency Planning Grant from the CWCB.
- CORE is partnering with the Roaring Fork Conservancy and the Ruedi Water and Power Authority to prepare and submit the CWCB grant application on behalf of the parties.
VI. Nettle Creek Hydro-electric Project
CORE participated in the following ways:
- Assisted the Town of Carbondale in pursuing the FERC Streamlined Permitting Program. CORE is now preparing submittals for FERC’s traditional licensing process for the Nettle Creek Hydro-electric Project.
- Initiated a FERC permitting process with neighborhoods, stakeholders, and coordinated public outreach meetings as well as coordinated with local US Forest Service representatives.
- Facilitated project scoping meetings with representatives from Friends of Rivers and Renewables (FORR), American Rivers, and the Hydropower Reform Coalition. Document preparation and submittals for FERC Notice of Intent to File Application (NOI), Pre-Application Document (PAD), and Request to Use Traditional Licensing Process (TLP), as well as Pitkin County Location and Extents Review are currently in process.
VII. Outreach efforts in Carbondale
- February, 2013: Waste Free Roaring Fork reusable cup campaign
- March 6th: CORE supported the screening of Bidder 70 at the Third St. Center
- March 10th: CORE and 350 Aspen & Carbondale hosted a live screening of 350.org’s national video at the Third Street Center in Carbondale
- May: CORE and CLEER participated in Dandelion Days
- July: CORE and CLEER partnered on the Thompson Divide Energy Pledge a six-week campaign to encourage community members to reduce their personal energy consumption in an effort to prevent extraction in wild places like Thompson Divide.
- On August 25th, CORE plans to present with CLEER at the Festival of the Americas in Sopris Park
- Efficiency Campaign
- In June 2012, CORE, CLEER and the Carbondale Environmental Board hosted an extremely productive public visioning session on the future of energy and economic development in Carbondale.
- In late September, the Town Trustees approved a $80,000 efficiency campaign.
- By December 31, 2012, CORE and Garfield Clean Energy will help 45 homes and 12 businesses become more efficient, comfortable and affordable.
- Residential rebates are 50% of project cost up to $500 for air sealing, insulation and other weatherization and/or mechanical upgrades, as necessary.
- Commercial rebates are up to $1,500, not to exceed 50% of project cost.
- Carbondale Climate and Energy Plan
- In 2006, citizens, the Environmental Board and CORE helped the Town of Carbondale create the Climate and Energy Plan, which outlines steps for Carbondale to significantly reduce emissions, become more energy independent, and strengthen the economy in the process.This plan provides a broad, long term vision, as well as intermediate steps for attaining these goals. It is founded on input from over 150 community members, the Carbondale Environmental Board, experts in the energy industry, and the elected officials in the Town of Carbondale. The plan will evolve and continue to be refined over time, but lays out a framework and steps, to significantly improve Carbondale’s carbon footprint.
- Carbondale Comprehensive Plan
- The Town of Carbondale hired RPI Consulting to assist the Town in re-writing its Comprehensive Plan. RPI Consulting is teamed up with two local team members from DHM Design, and Lamont Planning Services.Comprehensive plans are an important tool to discover, define, and prioritize community objectives for the future. Ultimately, a comprehensive plan initiates implementation strategies and sets up for land use code revisions.
- Carbondale Efficient Building Program
- The Carbondale Energy Plan outlines the desire of the community to construct buildings in a more environmentally responsible and energy efficient manner. The Board of Trustees of the Town has determined that the addition of the Carbondale Efficient Building Program to the municipal code will provide for education of the community, promote the use of environmentally friendly construction methods and renewable energy technologies, and foster economic development of “green” businesses. Additionally, the Board of Trustees finds and determines that additional energy efficiency enhancements are in the interest of public health, safety and welfare