Lara Whitley

About Lara Whitley

Lara Whitley authored this post when she served as CORE's Director of Brand + Creative Strategy. For questions on this and other blogposts, please connect with Mac Scott, Marketing and Communications Manager, at

Imagine Climate 2021

By |2021-02-24T16:21:24-07:00February 24th, 2021|Events|

Bringing together creativity, community and inclusivity in the name of climate action, we’re kicking off a month-long exploration of climate art and science, the 3rd annual ​Imagine Climate: creative perspectives on climate change​. The backdrop of Imagine Climate’s community programs is the “Stories of Climate Change / Historias del Cambio Climático” mural project at Colorado Mountain College, which is part of French artist JR’s global art initiative: the Inside Out Project. […]

WEBINAR: Cold Climate Heat Pumps – Natural Gas Consumer Talks

By |2021-01-22T17:07:55-07:00January 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Replacing your natural gas furnace, boiler or AC – consider a Cold Climate Heat Pump

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There have never been more choices available to heat your home responsibly while moving away from natural gas. Heat pump technology has been used for almost 70 years, to heat and cool homes in milder climates. Over the last 15 years, major technology improvements in heat pumps have made them the economically practical and environmentally superior choice for heating and cooling in […]

2020 Energy Warrior Awards

By |2020-12-10T13:31:52-07:00December 9th, 2020|Blog Feed|

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Energy Warrior Awards. CORE established the annual awards last year during the organization’s 25th anniversary. The Energy Warrior Awards honor Roaring Fork Valley champions of clean energy and climate restoration in six categories. The 2020 award recipients are: Joani Matranga (Lifetime Achievement), Ben Koons (Homeowner), Beatriz Soto (Professional – Community), Chris Bilby (Professional – Innovation), Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (Business), and Bruce Matherly (People’s Choice)

“CORE was founded by many […]

Energy Warrior Award for 2020 People’s Choice Category

By |2020-11-24T17:56:51-07:00November 24th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Please join us in congratulating Bruce Matherly, 2020 Energy Warrior in the People’s Choice category. Bruce was nominated for this honor by two different people, Jeffrey Woodruff and Natacha Kiler (who submitted this tribute), and received the top votes from our community.

“Bruce Matherly is an Energy Warrior who walks the walk and supports clean energy and the environment in his personal and professional life. It is not his job and it brings him no glory.  His […]

2020 Energy Warrior Lifetime Achievement Award

By |2020-11-24T18:08:40-07:00November 20th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Upon arriving in the Roaring Fork Valley more than 30 years ago, this Energy Warrior threw her energy and attention into her first love — alpine skiing — spending days shredding deep powder with ski patrollers and others, learning the mountain slopes.  Within a few years, her primary focus turned to the biggest challenge of our lifetime: climate change.  

She was one of CORE’s first employees, working side by side with Randy Udall ideating programs like the […]

Energy Warrior Awards 2020 Business of the Year

By |2020-11-24T19:43:25-07:00November 13th, 2020|Blog Feed|

For forward-thinking energy systems + low-carbon facilities that are part of their strategic planning, we’re honored to present this nonprofit with the 2020 Energy Warrior Award in the Business category. This is a modern Energy Warrior with a 50-year history, going back to the organization’s early executive directors who strove for net zero energy before it was even a thing. In their wish to eliminate the carbon footprint of all facilities, Tom and Jody Cardamone began a trajectory […]

Stitching Together a Carbon-free Community

By |2020-11-16T11:49:17-07:00November 13th, 2020|Blog Feed|

When Matt Shmigelsky found the foreclosure sale up the Crystal in 2014, the property was in rough shape. The previous owner — a real-life junkyard owner — had left his calling cards all over the three-acre lot. “RVs, trash, a lot to clean up,” said Matt. But beneath the debris, he could sense potential on this rare piece of accessibly priced raw land where he could park the low-carbon tiny home he had just built with the support […]

Energy Warrior Award for 2020 Professional of the Year: Innovation

By |2020-11-16T15:05:07-07:00November 12th, 2020|Blog Feed|

For his leadership in innovation, we’re honored to present this utility professional with a 2020 Energy Warrior Award in the Professional category. As the Research and Program Engineer at Holy Cross Energy (HCE), this Energy Warrior occupies a unique position at the nonprofit electric co-op and in the valley; he bridges the worlds between operation of HCE’s power grid and the way its 55,000+ members interact with it. The Basalt […]

Energy Warrior Award for 2020 Homeowner of the Year

By |2020-11-16T14:56:00-07:00November 5th, 2020|Blog Feed|

For his work to design, build and share the gospel of net zero, we’re honored to present this community leader with a 2020 Energy Warrior Award in the Homeowner category. He is an architect who, with sweat equity and friend labor, recently completed a DIY build of his own net-zero home in Old Snowmass. Notably, he is not a contractor. When his desire to […]
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