In 2015, CORE invested $1.2 million in projects that achieved the following:
- Reduced 3,900 Megawatt-hours of electricity and 312,000 therms
- Avoided 8.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions, equivalent to leaving 24 barrels of oil in the ground each day
- Spurred $24 million in total project cost for clean energy projects
Read more about CORE’s accomplishments from last year in the “2015 Year in Review.”
What makes CORE unique?
1) REMP: Randy Udall, CORE’s first Executive Director, and Stephen Kanipe, the Chief Building Official at the City of Aspen, presented the “Renewable Energy Mitigation Program” model to various entities nationwide. There are currently twelve other communities across the country with REMP programs including Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and Telluride, Colorado.
To learn more about Randy’s other achievements, visit the Randy Udall Energy website here: http://www.randyudallenergy.com/.
2) Green Pricing Programs: Randy Udall and CORE employee, Joani Matranga, worked with Holy Cross Energy to develop a green pricing program, allowing customers to spend more on their utilities to purchase wind energy. This model was embraced by other utilities outside of the Roaring Fork Valley.
3) Solar Gardens: CORE was involved in helping develop the Clean Energy Collective which was started in El Jebel and has since moved to Boulder. The model of Solar Gardens has since spread nationwide.
Since 1994, CORE has advanced the following:
- Energy Codes: Helped develop comprehensive new residential energy codes for Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, the Town of Carbondale, the Town of Snowmass Village and the Town of Eagle.
- Building Codes: Helped the City of Aspen and Pitkin County develop the Efficient Building Code and the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (2000), which has raised almost $13 million for Roaring Fork Valley projects.
- PACE: With voters in Pitkin, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties, passed a measure to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in 2009.
- Energy Smart: Received a $4.9million Department of Energy grant to support the Energy Smart Program in Pitkin, Gunnison and Eagle Counties. Since the close of the grant in 2013, the Energy Smart Program has since expanded from three counties to six and brought on three additional non-profit partners.
- Home Energy Assessments: Introduced the Energy Rated Homes of Colorado Program in the Roaring Fork Valley.
- Waste Reduction: Collaborated with municipalities in the Valley to create “Waste Free Roaring Fork.” Worked with citizen boards in the City of Aspen, Town of Basalt and Town of Carbondale to pass waste reduction ordinances in 2011.
- Plastic Bag Ban: Worked with Waste Free Roaring Fork to ban single-use plastic bags at the Carbondale City Market (2012) and in the City of Aspen (finalized in 2014).
- Solar: Participated as a central partner in the Million Solar Roofs Program.
- Water: In 2012, CORE brought together municipal water providers in the Roaring Fork Watershed (including Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs) to consider developing a regional water conservation plan. CORE received a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to work with partners to develop plan for water efficiency in the Valley.
- Transportation: In 2011, CORE hosted the “COREmmuter Challenge”. For two months, 60 people joined the competition and abstained from driving cars for a group total of 1550 days. In doing so, they saved a total of 657 gallons of gasoline and an estimated $2,628.
In addition, CORE has worked on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies in the following ways:
- CORE’s former Executive Director, Randy Udall served on Governor Romer’s “Renewable Energy Task Force” from 1996-1998, as the chair of the Consumer Education and Demand subcommittee.
- With CORE’s encouragement, the City of Aspen joined the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign in 1997.
- Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, Town of Basalt, Town of Carbondale, with the special consultation of CORE, have all adopted outdoor lighting ordinances. The Town of Carbondale implemented Main Street lighting designed by CORE staff.
- CORE initiated the marketing campaign, “Wind Power Pioneers Program,” to sell Colorado’s first wind electricity that was made available in January 1998. CORE also played a major role in Holy Cross Energy’s decision to buy four turbines worth of power for Colorado customers. As of 2013, there were 1,979 participants in this program who purchased a total of 15,201 MWh in 2013.
- CORE was the facilitator of the 2 million kilowatt-hour, 20-year wind power contract, which the City of Aspen agreed to in March of 1999.
- CORE helped the Aspen Skiing Company create the “Resource Conservation Manager” position, now the Vice President of Sustainability.
- The Solar Power Pioneer Program, initiated in 1999, began one of the nation’s earliest solar rebate programs, providing “production incentives” to homeowners or businesses that install grid-tied photovoltaic systems or solar hot water.
- CORE researched and wrote reports on energy saving opportunities at Valley wastewater and water treatment plants.
- CORE piloted “Water Wise” curriculum for area schools. Holy Cross supported “Water Wise” in six area schools.