About Mac Scott

Mac grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where energy, water and the environment were frequently the topic of dinner table conversations. He enjoys taking part in all of the incredible outdoor opportunities the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. Backpacking, hiking, skiing, disc golf and playing soccer are just a few of the ways he might to spend a nice day. On the not so nice days, you will find him listening to new music and working on his latest knitting project.

#YouArePowerful DIY Series – Lighting

By |2020-08-04T10:41:47-06:00June 12th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Mac’s back at it again with Episode 2 of our new DIY video series to get you started down the Path to Zero. This two-minute lowdown covers LEDs, which produce better lighting using 75% less energy and lasting 25 times longer than old-school incandescent bulbs. Tune in for pro tips on brightness, color, rebates and more!

COVID Lockdown or Climate-Action Smackdown?

By |2020-08-04T10:40:40-06:00May 15th, 2020|Blog Feed|

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was only coming around once a lifetime. So when our partners at 5Point Adventure Film threw down a challenge — create a mini-video of the Imagine Climate Billboard Project, from the living rooms of its artist-inventors, in a week — there was only one answer. Yikes! Then Yes. Here’s the CORE and 5Point collaboration.

Produced by Regna Jones, Mac Scott and Lara Whitley

Edited by Michael Stevens
Still photography by Stonehouse Pictures

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Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

By |2021-05-18T11:58:37-06:00April 15th, 2020|Events|

CORE is here to help you create a comfortable, healthy, carbon-free space 365 days a year, and for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we want to make it extra special. We challenge you and your household to complete the Earth Day Energy Scavenger Hunt!


How it Works

It’s simple: download the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt and complete as many items as you can and share it on […]

#StuckAtHome Video Series – Plug Load

By |2020-08-04T10:43:03-06:00April 13th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Introducing the #StuckAtHome video series! We’ll be sharing videos of easy things you can do to save energy from home.

We are kicking off with advanced power strips (APS), AKA smart strips. Most home electronics draw standby power even when not in use. Check out the video to see how a smart strip will help you automatically cut standby power so you can do your part for […]

5 Reasons We ♥ Heat Pump Water Heaters

By |2021-07-23T09:05:58-06:00February 19th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Cheap, smart, and green. What’s not to love? That’s what CORE’s Program Director Marty Treadway has to say about the heat-pumps that heat water. He recently installed one during his whole-home energy retrofit. Here are five reasons we <3 this technology:

5. They allow you to be the master and commander of your water heater.

“The coolest thing for me as a homeowner is the level of control I have with a hybrid-electric (heat-pump) water heater.”

Heat-pump […]

The New Pioneers of Net Zero

By |2021-07-26T16:40:38-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

Aspen locals Sam and Desi Barney in their future living room. PC Dan Bayer:

Just beyond Aspen’s downtown core lies Smuggler Park, an old-school trailer park-turned-subdivision its HOA touts as “real homes for real locals.” Two of its residents, Sam and Desi Barney, are using a CORE Net Zero Homes grant to drive real change when it comes to how their home uses energy.

Sam and Desi prove that anyone can […]

Know More, Use Less

By |2021-05-06T09:55:28-06:00November 20th, 2019|Blog Feed|

When master craftsman and energy analyst Steve Barbee isn’t performing energy assessments, he’s performing songs — on guitars he builds by hand. Photo Credit: Erin Danneker, Eyedrop Design

When CORE energy analyst Steve Barbee shows up to conduct a home energy assessment, you can count on a lifetime of knowledge walking in the door with him. Steve still manages to expand his expertise despite entering the building trade more than 40 years […]

Students for Climate Protection

By |2021-07-26T16:52:51-06:00September 19th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Students in the Roaring Fork Valley are lending their voices to the global chorus of young people calling for climate protection. As a part of the Global Climate Strike taking place on September 20th, they will join over 1.5 million peers worldwide to send a powerful message: “Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.” 

A brave, grassroots team of climate protection […]

Stream Roaring Stories

By |2021-07-26T16:32:23-06:00September 15th, 2019|Blog Feed|

When did climate change become real to you? The 2nd Annual Roaring Stories sought to answer this very real question by sharing personal experiences. On June 5th, 6 storytellers spoke to a sold-out audience at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Rock Bottom Ranch. With the help of Writ Large and MC Alya Howe, Mike Marolt, Mona Newton, Samuel Bernal, Annie Worley, Beatriz Soto, and Bill Kight shared how they have felt the tremendous impact of climate change.

Roaring Stories […]

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