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 mac@aspencore.org.

2020 Energy Warrior Awards

By |2021-07-09T12:49:54-06:00December 9th, 2020|Blog Feed|

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Energy Warriors. CORE established the annual Energy Warrior 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 people who […]

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 […]

Vote, Volunteer, Feel Better

By |2021-07-19T12:10:19-06:00October 9th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Is the world feeling strange — and you with it? You’re not alone. A recent poll by the American Psychiatric Association shows that anxiety is on the rise in the US. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any American with a pulse. But given that this survey took place in late May — three months after COVID landed but before 2020 began unleashing its full script — you can bet it’s […]

New Chapter: CORE Rebates + Grants

By |2020-12-10T14:02:19-07:00October 9th, 2020|Blog Feed|

A few weeks ago, CORE announced a big shift in how we deliver financial incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency to the Roaring Fork Valley. Effective January 1, 2021, the service territory for CORE rebates and grants will be limited to Pitkin County. 

This is due to changes in Pitkin County building codes which resulted in rising renewable energy installations (good news) and a commensurate drop in payments into the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), whose […]

There to Help: CORE’s Income-qualified Program

By |2020-10-14T10:49:05-06:00August 31st, 2020|Blog Feed|

“The beauty of living in a small community is people are there to help,” says Aspen resident Kristine Gatdula. This was an unexpected bonus for the dental hygienist who dreamed of a move to the valley “for a ski season” and then, like many locals, found lots to love. That was five years ago. 

Landing in the Valley felt right from Day One. She initially secured a job at Aspen Skiing Company, meeting people who are “still […]

Zero Adds Up

By |2020-09-02T18:24:02-06:00August 1st, 2020|Blog Feed|

Are you intrigued about net-zero life? You’re in good company. We’re fielding triple the inquiries we were just a year ago. And it’s not just that conversations about carbon-free spaces are going up; they’re also digging deeper.

“Everybody’s talking about it and, generally, people have been more engaged and have a better grasp on how the different systems within a building are interconnected,” says Hannah Itzler, CORE’s Residential Programs Manager. 

Take […]

This Could Be Yours!

By |2020-08-04T10:02:13-06:00July 30th, 2020|Blog Feed|


Ready to kick start your net-zero life?

You’re in luck because we’re giving away a NEST smart thermostat! These wifi-enabled controls are energy-efficiency heroes, helping homeowners save 10-12% on heating. Sign up for an energy assessment by August 11th and you’ll be entered to win. (Must be an RFV resident with a NEST-capable space. Select residential or commercial assessment from the dropdown menu below […]

Driving Innovation, One Barrel at a Time

By |2020-08-31T13:30:58-06:00July 29th, 2020|Blog Feed|

If Marble Distilling Co.’s barrels could talk, they’d spill a whisper they keep hearing from their chief distiller, Connie Baker. “I don’t think it’s ever been done,” she’s been known to say. That’s because the serial inventor/entrepreneur is up to her energy-efficiency tricks again, with CORE as her wingman.

In 2014, Baker co-founded MDC with the idea of making outstanding spirits while disrupting the notoriously water- and energy-intensive industry. […]

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