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.

A Family Runs Through It

By |2020-07-01T15:22:59-06:00June 30th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Nathan Garfield and family at their Brush Creek home. PC: Michele Cardamone

Nathan Garfield is a family man; anyone who meets him will recognize a proud husband and father (to Christy and Clementine, respectively). Scratch the surface of this contractor’s home-building project and it’s easy to see that family — three generations of it — runs through the entire job site.

The lineage started when Nathan was a child. Born in Maine and […]

Energy Savings: Game, Set, Match

By |2020-05-20T09:21:49-06:00May 18th, 2020|Blog Feed|

When Rich Boucher, Chief Engineer at the Snowmass Club, made the decision to upgrade its 24/7 lighting in the facility’s underground parking garage, he wasn’t thinking about strengthening the athletic club’s economic resilience against a pandemic, although he achieved just that. Instead, Rich was looking to save time for his maintenance team. “It could take them 20 minutes to cross the campus in a golf cart to find the right light bulb. With the durability of LED […]

The Power Is in Your Mailbox

By |2020-05-20T09:29:46-06:00May 13th, 2020|Blog Feed|

As COVID has laid bare, our health entirely depends on the climate and the other organisms we share the planet with. That’s why one event that otherwise might slip under the radar — the annual board of directors election for a utility — is so important. And not just any utility: Holy Cross Energy, the rural electric cooperative that provides electricity to the majority of the Roaring Fork Valley. Their seven board members, two of whose seats are up […]

COVID-19 Energy Checklists

By |2020-06-30T09:33:48-06:00April 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|



If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to go with the flow. For many of us, there has been less driving, less working in person (or, sadly, less working at all), more time at home, and more businesses that are under-occupied. As we shift, so does our energy usage. 

This brave new world […]

Negative Pressure Rooms: How Buildings Are Contributing to the Corona Response

By |2020-04-29T16:50:23-06:00April 13th, 2020|Blog Feed|

If you are following Pitkin County’s weekly Community Meetings (catch the latest here), you’ve heard Aspen Valley Hospital CEO Dave Ressler talk about “negative pressure rooms.” These are treatment rooms whose ventilation systems, by design, can be tuned to push more air out than in*. This setting prevents air — and, notably, airborne corona virus droplets — from escaping the negative pressure rooms, meaning infection can’t spread to other parts of the hospital.


#StuckAtHome? Creative Ideas from Imagine Climate Collaborators

By |2020-04-29T17:31:23-06:00March 20th, 2020|Blog Feed|

PC: Image courtesy The Art Base

Imagine Climate collaborators bring art and science to life — even from the couch. Check out what our thoughtful partners are doing to help you keep the fires of creativity burning. And don’t miss your chance for a fresh air fix that could win you a portable solar party kit from CORE.  

  • The Art Base has free Art Kits To-Go on their back porch (featured in the image above).
  • Aspen Words[…]

What COVID-19 Can Teach Us About Climate Change

By |2020-04-29T17:49:56-06:00March 20th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Just last week, when things seemed funnier, a meme made the rounds: Climate change needs to hire coronavirus’s PR firm. 

Certainly, we’ve witnessed what can happen when there is community and political will for rapid change in the face of a public health threat — with scientists calling for urgency — that puts human lives, food supplies, and mental health at stake. “Sound familiar?” asks Fast Company

Could there […]

As We Shift, So Does Our Energy Usage

By |2020-04-29T17:57:59-06:00March 20th, 2020|Blog Feed|

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to be flexible. For many of us, there’s less driving, less working in person (or, sadly, less working at all), and more time at home. As we shift, so does our energy usage. This brave new world means powering up our home heating systems for more hours of the day; keeping our hygiene on point with more hot water for handwashing, dishes, and laundry; and possibly going to a larger, […]

Imagine Climate Preview @ Press Play

By |2020-04-29T18:59:31-06:00February 2nd, 2020|Events|

Join CORE and the Aspen Art Museum for an Imagine Climate Preview @ Press Play, a free AAM program that starts with a non-traditional tour and ends with art-making, conversation and refreshments. This edition will feature our own Lara Whitley and an activity that lets you transform air pollution into art. The event is free and open to all creative adults. Please RSVP to Teresa Booth Brown, AAM’s Artist Programs Coordinator.

Wednesday, February 5
5 to 7pm
Aspen Art Museum


The Path to Zero is Here!

By |2020-06-26T17:03:37-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

Are you ready to create a healthy, comfortable, carbon-free space? So are we! Starting this month, we’re focusing all our efforts on one community-wide, zero-emissions goal we call the “Path to Zero.” It’s a streamlined platform we’ve developed to help you zero-out fossil fuels and carbon emissions in the built environment.

How Does It Work?

Path to Zero is based on the concept of net-zero buildings — the kind that generate as much energy as they consume. That […]