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.

Zero is Here!

By |2020-01-23T14:04:28-07:00January 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 […]

Art + Science Collide @ Imagine Climate 2020

By |2020-01-23T14:04:38-07:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

Wonder and delight at last year’s Imagine Climate. PC: Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Coming soon: February 25!

Mark your calendars: the 2nd annual Imagine Climate is coming your way. Science and art will throw sparks — and generate action — in the Roaring Fork Valley during this monthlong exploration of climate culture, launching February 25th. With two dozen collaborating organizations, artists and scientists, we’re bringing you creative perspectives and possibilities on climate like never before:

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Let the Good Times Roll

By |2020-01-23T14:04:53-07:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

We love being a part of the 5Point family, celebrating the human spirit and our collective passion for the outdoors at last weekend’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival in Aspen. Thanks to all who stopped by to share their curiosity for zero-emissions life. As part of the Path to Zero initiative we’re launching, we had a drawing for a backcountry solar recharging station. Congratulations to winner Jamie B. of Basalt!

Stay tuned for […]

Top 5 Solutions to Fight Climate Change

By |2019-12-06T13:01:51-07:00November 19th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Has the climate strike sparked curiosity about how to lower your carbon emissions and fight climate change? You are not alone. In mid-September, Google searches for the term “climate strike” skyrocketed to their highest levels ever, a 100-fold increase from the year prior. 

CORE wants to put your inquisitiveness to work. In October, we joined four local governments—Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass and Pitkin County—in publishing carbon emissions reports and recommendations for the most meaningful […]

High-performance learning, with a sandwich on the side

By |2019-12-05T15:58:35-07:00November 18th, 2019|Blog Feed, Events|

New this fall, CORE is offering FREE building science trainings for construction workers on the jobsite. Known as the CORE Workforce Training, these lunch-and-learn sessions, offered in English or Spanish, are held on-site during the lunch hour and include lunch and drinks for the student crew. The courses are led by Beatriz Soto, a bilingual architect and CORE’s Community Outreach + Workforce Development Coordinator. Over the course of two classes, she covers principles and techniques of green building, […]

And the Winner Is…All of Us! CORE’s 2019 Energy Warrior Awards

By |2019-12-19T09:20:14-07:00November 18th, 2019|Blog Feed, Uncategorized|

As the 25th anniversary year winds down, CORE had one final move: honoring local champions of clean energy and climate restoration with our first-annual Energy Warrior Awards. Under the guise to the organization’s quarter-century celebration last month, we surprised ten local individuals and a nonprofit with awards in five categories. Two tributes — to the past and the future — highlighted the evening, with the Lifetime Achievement award honoring Bill Stirling and the Youth category prize bestowed on […]

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 |2019-12-06T13:09:40-07:00October 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 […]

Carbon Emissions Reports

By |2019-12-06T13:14:22-07:00October 1st, 2019|Blog Feed|

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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 Village […]

Ski Wax From Plants, Not Petroleum

By |2019-12-06T13:40:24-07:00September 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 […]