Lara Whitley

About Lara Whitley

Lara Whitley is the Director of Brand + Creative Strategy at CORE. She loves using creativity as a lever for social change and helping readers connect the dots between personal action and collective impact — all in the name of protecting our shared Rocky Mountain “backyard," where she loves to bike, hike and ski with her family.

This Cold House

By |2019-10-30T10:23:27-06:00October 21st, 2019|Blog Feed|

CORE’s zero-energy guru Marty Treadway at the all-electric induction cooktop that was a key to his family’s switch to renewable electricity. Why the big grin? Super-fast coffee in the morning and carbon-free efficiency all day long.

Marty Treadway is betting the future is already here when it comes to carbon-free living.

By day, as CORE’s Program Director, he’s a Certified Energy Manager and an evangelist for net-zero buildings, the kind […]

The Invisible Hand of Energy Efficiency

By |2019-10-04T13:01:36-06:00October 4th, 2019|Blog Feed|

“As business owners, energy efficiency is the best investment we can make,” says Gretchen Leary, co-owner of Duemani. She and her team are hard at work optimizing the carbon footprint of the 110-seat restaurant, set to open at Thanksgiving in Aspen’s former Rustique space. PC: Michele Cardamone Photography

When Gretchen Leary and Luigi Giordani became partners in their second Italian restaurant in Aspen—the soon-to-open Duemani which will follow in the tradition of their popular trattoria Acquolina—it was […]

Latest Carbon Emissions Reports

By |2019-10-04T11:49:50-06:00October 1st, 2019|Blog Feed|

CARBON-EMISSIONS REPORTS SHOW UPPER VALLEY NEEDS TO WORK HARDER AND FASTER TO REACH CLIMATE GOALS
CORE and Local Governments Release Latest Carbon-Emissions Findings

(October 2, 2019) Aspen, CO — Today, on National Energy Efficiency Day, a partnership of upper valley governments supported by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) are announcing their communities’ progress on and opportunities for carbon-emissions reductions.

The four local governments — Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass […]

Ski Wax From Plants, Not Petroleum

By |2019-09-19T16:15:23-06:00September 19th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Photo credit: MountainFLOW

“It just seemed like a product that should exist,” said Peter Arlein, inventor of the first plant-based ski wax in North America. The Carbondale-based skier got his gumption to leap blindly into industrial chemistry after 20 years in the ski industry and a vision to turn his passion into purpose: making skiing carbon-free. 

Earlier this year, Arlein pitched CORE for a community grant to launch MountainFLOW eco-wax into the Roaring Fork […]

ACES Urban Farmhouse Open House

By |2019-07-19T12:32:28-06:00July 19th, 2019|Events|

For the past several months, ACES — in partnership with CORE, Green Line Architects, MM-Eight Construction & a range of other local partners — has been building a 1,880 square foot house in Carbondale to provide additional staff housing for its employees. This community project, known as the ACES Urban Farmhouse, has brought together a very skilled team in an integrative design process to produce an affordably built, efficient home for ACES’ environmental science educators and staff in the Roaring […]

Snowmaking Outside of the Box

By |2019-05-30T12:07:50-06:00May 30th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Aspen Skiing Company’s in-house snow and energy experts in the heart of the snowmaking beast — the primary pump house — on Snowmass Mountain. L-to-R: Jonathan “Jonboy” Beal, Ryland French, Frank White, Colin “Smartest Snowmaker” Martin, Jesse “Trailbone” Thome. PC: Michele Cardamone Photography

Our livelihoods and recreation — and some might even say our mental health and spiritual wellbeing — are depending on Frank White. As the head of snowmaking operations at Snowmass Mountain, Frank has the hopes of the community […]

2nd annual Roaring Stories

By |2019-08-01T09:41:57-06:00May 6th, 2019|Events|

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), in partnership with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Writ Large and KDNK, is thrilled to present a live story evening featuring Roaring Fork Valley locals on stage telling first-person stories curated by Alya Howe. The event includes a half-dozen tales, drinks from Marble Distilling Co. and Capitol Creek Brewery, vittles for purchase from Slow Groovin’ BBQ, a solar seed house tour, CORE’s “carbon drop” engagement station and, new this year, a mini farm […]

Imagine Climate: CORE’s 25th Anniversary in Bright (LED) Lights

By |2019-02-12T16:11:39-07:00February 8th, 2019|Blog Feed|

We Are the Asteroid II, a public art installation by Justin Brice Guariglia that will be exhibited at Anderson Ranch Arts Center as a centerpiece of CORE’s 25th anniversary, Imagine Climate: a celebration of climate art + technology.

“The ecological crisis we face today is the moral imperative of our time. At this critical juncture, art must be used as a positive force for social and political change, and to […]

Why Waste Something?

By |2019-01-10T11:39:31-07:00January 10th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Sally Cole in her carbon-neutral art studio. PC: Michele Cardamone 

A pioneering approach that protects habitat

So many animals flow through Sally Cole’s mid-valley property on the Roaring Fork River that her friends nicknamed her place “Sally’s Wild Kingdom.” (Or when they want to give their gregarious friend a ribbing: “Wild Sally’s Kingdom.”) The herons, deer, bear, elk, coyotes, owls and ermine don’t quibble the point; to them it’s just home.

A Midwest transplant […]

5 Things That Changed After We Got a Home Energy Assessment

By |2018-11-01T10:22:50-06:00October 11th, 2018|Blog Feed|


This article was originally published by Aspen Real Life and is reproduced here as part of our Home Energy Assessment collaboration. 

Sixteen days into my marketing gig at CORE, I was signing up for a home energy assessment. I figured first-hand experience was a must if I was going to be touting the assessment — a foundation of CORE’s energy-efficiency gospel. Plus, I wanted to know exactly how easy, or not, […]