Since our inception in 1994, CORE has hosted many programs and events to engage and inform the community on the pressing environmental and energy issues facing our region and planet – and their possible solutions.
350.org Climate Projects and Events
- 5/5 Connect the Dots (2012)
- 10/10/10 Global Work Party (2010)
- International Climate Day (2009)
Community Sustainability Challenges
CORE has hosted programs that combines education and action for community members on energy-related issues.
- Solardale Bike Tour (April, 2014), CORE partnered with CLEER on a bike-tour of solar installations in Carbondale
- The Waste Free Roaring Fork Cup Challenge (2010 – 2015)
- Sustainable Communities Team Challenge (2011)
- Home Energy Makeover Contest (2010)
- In 2012, CORE launched a series to conserve natural resources and preserve wild places through sustainable lifestyle choices. The goal of the program was to help individuals join together as a collective force making changes that address regional and global environmental concerns, including climate change, water purity, air quality, wildlife, ecosystem services and human health.
- Winter: Saving Land by Saving Energy (home efficiency)
- Spring: COREmmuter Challenge (170 participants from 12 teams and 5 towns. The entire Roaring Fork Valley smashed the goals of 10,000 miles
- Summer: Local Foods. Click here for a presentation CORE provided at the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council’s November 2012 meeting.
- Fall: Disposable Waste Reduction
- Saving Land by Saving Energy: In February 2012, CORE hosted an event to educate residents about local land issues and engage them in solutions. Threats addressed were oil & gas development in the Thompson Divide area, the stalled Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment and the postponed August 2012 BLM lease sale in the North Fork Valley. Participants learned about home energy efficiency as a strategy to reduce drilling pressure on public and private lands. They also received information to contact local public officials about gas development.
CAST Reusable Bag Challenge (2009)
In 2009, 34 communities in the American West took part in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Reusable Bag Challenge, following the original two-town challenge between Aspen and Telluride in 2008. Led by the citizen Green Team, Basalt achieved the highest per capita reuse rate and received $5,000 from Alpine Bank, $5,000 from PCL Construction and free installation from Independent Power Systems for a 7.2kW PV system at the Middle School, with additional support from a REMP Green Key Grant. Collectively, the towns participating in the Challenge reduced the usage of single-use shopping bags by approximately 5.3 million. For more information on CORE’s disposable waste and reusable bag projects, please visit www.wastefreeroaringfork.org.
Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogues
CORE partnered with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) on the Jessica Cato Leadership Dialogue. Past speakers have included:
- Randy Udall
- Maggie Fox
- Melinda Kramer
- Terry Tempest Williams
- Florian Schulz
- Bill McKibben