About CORE

CORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to leading the Roaring Fork Valley to a carbon-free, net zero energy future.

Under the guidance of a Board of Directors–made up of elected officials, utility representatives, and committed citizens–CORE helps people, businesses, municipalities, facilities and nonprofit organizations save natural resources and lower energy bills while reducing their carbon footprint.

This work is accomplished by providing grants, rebates and energy advising for residential and commercial energy upgrades, energy benchmarking for buildings, groundbreaking local projects, and climate action planning support for communities.

Since establishing a new tracking system in 2011, CORE has distributed nearly $10M in grants and rebates and prevented more than 29,721 MTe of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.

In 2000, CORE, the City of Aspen and Pitkin County worked together to form the nation’s first Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP) as a revolutionary way to offset energy-intensive projects like large homes and snowmelt systems. Funding for CORE initiatives comes from a combination of REMP funds, local governments, private donations and grants. To learn more about the REMP program, visit the City of Aspen or Pitkin County’s websites. 

The organization was built on the principle that problems the size of a global climate crisis require local innovation to overcome. CORE’s impact on the Roaring Fork Valley’s climate and economy continues to grow as large-scale, mission-driven projects like community solar planning and methane capture for abandoned coal mines are added to the repertoire of climate-saving initiatives.

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Atlantic Aviation donates $500,000 to help give flight to Coal Basin methane-mitigation project

Atlantic Aviaiton is showing its committment to climate by donating to the Coal Basin Climate Project. “This is actually supporting a project that’s important to our local team, that’s important to the community that we serve, and it’s going to make big impacts,” Corbett said. “We’re not doing it so we get the credit. We’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do.”

Coal Basin project receives big donation

“This is an investment in our community, because the methane we’re going to destroy up in Coal Basin will pay dividends for generations to come” says CORE CEO Dallas Blaney on the $500,000 donation from Atlantic Aviation.

Aspen area’s electrification effort to get big boost in 2023

There is a lot of momentum in the climate action world, especially since the IRA was passed over the summer. This will accelerate CORE’s efforts and help our community reach its climate action goals.

Don’t get caught in the cold

CORE CEO Dallas Blaney explains the importance of replacing your old furnace before it breaks.

Board Members

  • Matt Scherr
    Board Member
  • Francie Jacober
    Alternate
  • Chris Bilby
    Board Member
  • Katie Schwoerer
    Board Chair
  • Dave Munk
    Vice Chair
  • Bill Stirling
    Secretary
  • Bob Sirkus
    Treasurer
  • Greg Poschman
    Board Member
  • Ward Hauenstein
    Board Member
  • Elyse Hottel
    Board Member
  • Tessa Schreiner
    Board Member

CORE Contributors

CORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to leading the Roaring Fork Valley to a carbon-free, net zero energy future.