Lara Whitley

About Lara Whitley

Lara Whitley is the Director of Brand + Creative Strategy at CORE. She gets a kick out of telling the organization’s stories 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.

The Solar Way

By |2018-07-17T15:20:34+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Action of the Month|

“With our rebates from CORE, we installed solar panels, cutting last month’s electric bill by almost 95% and lowering our carbon footprint,” said Greg Poschman, enjoying the solar gain with his family. Photo: Michele Cardamone Photography High above the valley floor, on a winding lane rightly named Solar Way, blue skies frame Pitkin County Commissioner Greg Poschman’s home. It’s natural that the Aspen native looked to the sun to offset his family’s home energy consumption and protect the [...]

Fitz Cahall: Where Public Lands + Energy Meet

By |2018-07-05T20:43:42+00:00June 16th, 2018|Blog Feed|

If Fitz Cahall had a motto, it might be “life as a creative opportunity.” The one-time hyphenated dirtbag (climbing guide-photoshoot manager-journalist) seems to have a knack for seizing the moment. Take, for example, when the print magazines he was writing for were flaming out and the 2008 downturn hit home. The seemingly disparate skill sets that he had acquired on his scrappy career juggle queued him up perfectly for the next adventure: co-founding a creative brand agency for the [...]

Energy Efficiency at Her Fingertips

By |2018-07-05T20:55:47+00:00May 12th, 2018|Action of the Month, Blog Feed|

Mary Frances Szoradi at home with daughter Amelia: “Our smart thermostats are super convenient. Controlling our thermostat and seeing our energy use right from our phones gives us more time for playing outside with our daughter, even when it snows in May.” Photo credit Michele Cardamone Photography. When Mary Frances Szoradi explains why she and her husband are modernizing their mid-70s home, she cuts right to the chase: “carpeting in the bathroom.” But faster than you can say [...]

The Mountains Are Calling

By |2018-07-05T21:07:57+00:00April 17th, 2018|Blog Feed|

Like many of us in the Roaring Fork Valley, the allure of the Rockies was big for Rose Abello -- 2,000 miles big. On vacation from her NY career, she was perched on a chairlift when she decided it was time to convert her ski town fantasy to reality. With her eye on Aspen, she packed her bags in 1997 and threw down roots. So when it came time to purchase a home here, the PR and tourism [...]

Water Moves Them

By |2018-07-05T21:53:03+00:00February 1st, 2018|Blog Feed|

“We love spending time on the river with our boys,” says Chad Rudow. “We’re protecting the snowpack — which becomes water in our rivers — and saving energy, thanks to two rebates from CORE.” Image: Michele Cardamone Photography You might say that the river runs through him. Chad Rudow’s love affair with water “goes quite a ways back,” to childhood hikes with his family alongside the streams of Estes Park. Later, as a young river guide, he [...]

Aspen Energy Challenge Nets $1.6 Million in Energy Savings

By |2018-07-05T22:04:34+00:00December 5th, 2017|Blog Feed|

City of Aspen employees Ryland French and Chris Menges delivering the energy-efficiency goods during the Aspen Energy Challenge. The City of Aspen and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency are pleased to announce that the organizations helped facilitate $1.6 million in energy savings in the community, compared to a 2013 through 2014 baseline in partnership Holy Cross Energy and Black Hills Energy.  From 2015 through 2016, these organizations provided education, rebates, subsidized energy assessments, and free energy [...]

Furnace Fail: a Cautionary Tale

By |2018-07-05T22:12:41+00:00November 11th, 2017|Blog Feed|

Furnace #fail at Lara’s house, prompting some “indoor camping” around the wood stove. Avoid the long, cold night by getting your heating system serviced by a professional. On December’s coldest night, our furnace failed. We were fortunate. We had a wood stove, plenty of firewood, and lots of bodies. Everyone -- kids, parents, the dog -- piled on mattresses in front of the stove and snuggled together for a living room sleepover. I’ll grant you this: one night [...]

Mountainfilm Gives Aspen a High Five

By |2018-07-05T22:18:50+00:00August 14th, 2017|Blog Feed|

A documentary film festival that uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world? Count us in! Mountainfilm in Aspen returns to the Wheeler Opera House August 23-27 for its 9th annual festival, with CORE’s High Five as the 2017 Nonprofit Partner. It’s a hand-in-glove fit for the High Five, our local social movement that is uniting the Roaring Fork Valley to take action on the environment by saving energy. In partnership [...]