About Catherine Lutz

Catherine Lutz is a freelance writer based in Aspen. As a former newspaper reporter who has written about everything from entertainment to skiing to climate change for a wide variety of publications, nonprofits, and businesses, she understands the power of words to help connect us more closely with an idea, issue, or other people. An avid skier and biker raising two children to appreciate how lucky they are to grow up in the Roaring Fork Valley, she also hopes she and her family can make a positive impact on the community and the environment that sustains us.

Zero Just Clicks for the Wickes

By |2021-10-14T14:16:53-06:00September 22nd, 2021|Blog Feed|

Andrew Wickes & Adriane Simon’s Net Zero Home in Aspen

Like many who grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley, Andrew Wickes left home to pursue his studies, a career, and an urban lifestyle in Europe. And like many natives who decided to come back, he faced the quintessential local challenge: affordable housing. 

Andrew and his wife, Adriane, whom he’d met while living in Berlin, didn’t shy from this challenge. They lived with […]

Art, Innovation, and the Power of the Sun

By |2021-08-11T09:51:12-06:00July 20th, 2021|Blog Feed|

Paul Soldner loved the sun. The pioneering ceramist, teacher, founder of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, inventor (of Soldner pottery equipment, among a dozen patents), and self-taught green builder employed the sun’s power, energy, light, and symmetry in both his artwork and in the design and construction of his home and studio — which spanned 40 years and incorporated local, natural, and recycled materials whenever possible. Now, with CORE’s help, his […]

Green Gigs: How a Performing Arts Center Can Be Net Zero

By |2021-07-16T12:57:39-06:00May 13th, 2021|Blog Feed|

The Contemporary, currently a work in progress, will be Colorado’s most energy-efficient and lowest carbon-emitting performing arts center.

It was a near miss and chance encounter that started The Arts Campus at Willits on its Path to Zero. But as the arts organization winds up construction on its new Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts, AKA The Contemporary, and gets ready to welcome audiences in […]

Full Throttle Ahead for Father-son E-sled Team

By |2021-08-04T10:33:04-06:00April 7th, 2021|Blog Feed|

Greg and Connor Hoffman have been spending a lot of time in their garage lately. But not on your average father-son garage project.

On a Sunday in early February, Connor, a Basalt High School sophomore, was painstakingly placing hundreds of battery cells into a large, slotted container. It was part of a three-day process of building a custom battery pack for a retrofitted electric snowmobile.

For Connor, who has been fascinated with robots and electric cars since he was 5 years old, […]

It’s All HERS

By |2021-07-23T09:17:08-06:00January 21st, 2021|Blog Feed|

When buying a new car, most people pay attention to — and factor in — the gas-mileage sticker in the window. But did you know that there’s a similar, nationally accepted energy rating system for homes? 

It’s called the Home Energy Rating System, or HERS. Developed by RESNET, a nonprofit focused on achieving a nationwide, net-zero-energy residential sector by 2040, the HERS Index is the industry standard — recognized nationally and internationally — by which […]

Electrify Our Future

By |2021-07-19T11:32:35-06:00January 21st, 2021|Blog Feed|

Have you ever thought about what more electricity can do for you? For the planet? As it turns out, it’s a lot more than you might expect. When it’s beneficial electrification — yes, we know, this is the kind of terminology that might make your eyes glaze over — it has the potential to move us firmly toward a cleaner, more efficient, and safer energy future.

Beneficial electrification is the process […]

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