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.

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 […]

ACES Farmhouse Open House

By |2019-12-06T13:41:15-07:00July 19th, 2019|Events|

For the past several months, ACES — in partnership with CORE, Green Line Architects, MM-Eight Construction & a range of other local partners — has been building a 1,880 square foot house in Carbondale to provide additional staff housing for its employees. This community project, known as the ACES Urban Farmhouse, has brought together a very skilled team in an integrative design process to produce an affordably built, efficient home for ACES’ environmental science educators and staff in the Roaring […]

Snowmaking Outside of the Box

By |2019-05-30T12:07:50-06:00May 30th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Aspen Skiing Company’s in-house snow and energy experts in the heart of the snowmaking beast — the primary pump house — on Snowmass Mountain. L-to-R: Jonathan “Jonboy” Beal, Ryland French, Frank White, Colin “Smartest Snowmaker” Martin, Jesse “Trailbone” Thome. PC: Michele Cardamone Photography

Our livelihoods and recreation — and some might even say our mental health and spiritual wellbeing — are depending on Frank White. As the head of snowmaking operations at Snowmass Mountain, Frank has the hopes of the community […]

2nd annual Roaring Stories

By |2019-08-01T09:41:57-06:00May 6th, 2019|Events|

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), in partnership with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Writ Large and KDNK, is thrilled to present a live story evening featuring Roaring Fork Valley locals on stage telling first-person stories curated by Alya Howe. The event includes a half-dozen tales, drinks from Marble Distilling Co. and Capitol Creek Brewery, vittles for purchase from Slow Groovin’ BBQ, a solar seed house tour, CORE’s “carbon drop” engagement station and, new this year, a mini farm […]

Imagine Climate: CORE’s 25th Anniversary in Bright (LED) Lights

By |2019-02-12T16:11:39-07:00February 8th, 2019|Blog Feed|

We Are the Asteroid II, a public art installation by Justin Brice Guariglia that will be exhibited at Anderson Ranch Arts Center as a centerpiece of CORE’s 25th anniversary, Imagine Climate: a celebration of climate art + technology.

“The ecological crisis we face today is the moral imperative of our time. At this critical juncture, art must be used as a positive force for social and political change, and to […]

Why Waste Something?

By |2019-01-10T11:39:31-07:00January 10th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Sally Cole in her carbon-neutral art studio. PC: Michele Cardamone 

A pioneering approach that protects habitat

So many animals flow through Sally Cole’s mid-valley property on the Roaring Fork River that her friends nicknamed her place “Sally’s Wild Kingdom.” (Or when they want to give their gregarious friend a ribbing: “Wild Sally’s Kingdom.”) The herons, deer, bear, elk, coyotes, owls and ermine don’t quibble the point; to them it’s just home.

A Midwest transplant […]