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She’s not just making vodka, she’s distilling change.

By |2018-10-22T15:10:37-06:00June 15th, 2018|Action of the Month, You Are Powerful|

What does it take to build one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries? Ask Carbondale’s Connie Baker.

On a whim, the former contractor went to distilling school where she fell in love with making vodka, discovering that, “it can be made from almost anything.” She spent the next four years creating mashes and developing recipes that would become the cornerstone of Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (MDC), a Carbondale, Colorado-based business that she co-founded with friends and family […]

Fire in the Belly: Stories of CHANGE

By |2018-07-05T22:05:29-06:00May 14th, 2018|Events|

What’s the fire in your belly? You know, that thing that inspires you to get up early and stay up late to make something new happen. Six locals will be sharing tales of their stoke during “Fire in the Belly: Stories of Change,” a community storytelling event taking place on June 6th at Rock Bottom Ranch. The event is co-presented by CORE, ACES, City of Aspen and Writ Large and directed by Alya Howe.

The name of the event is […]

How to Finance Your Energy Project

By |2018-07-05T14:16:38-06:00February 15th, 2018|Blog Feed|

It wasn’t soon after Michael Miracle and his wife moved into their Aspen affordable housing unit that the boiler they inherited started going on the fritz. With whispers of a neighbor whose heat went out for an entire winter, they started exploring options to keep the warmth flowing. “A boiler is pretty essential,” said Miracle. “I can’t say we would have gone without it.”

Essential — and expensive — as far as replacing items in your home goes. They invested about […]

A Bright Forecast for Solar PV

By |2020-07-01T15:22:50-06:00July 20th, 2017|Blog Feed|

Across the United States, solar energy is growing, with experts showing a bright forecast. According to the the Solar Energy Industries Association, the renewable energy generated from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is expected to triple over the next five years. It’s no surprise then that CORE is seeing dramatic growth locally, with a greater number of systems and larger systems in the pipeline.

CORE has worked to increase local renewable energy for years, offering support to homeowners and business owners who […]

Aspen Historical Society: Efficiency Preserves History and Health

By |2018-06-29T22:29:54-06:00June 14th, 2017|Blog Feed|

When CORE staff arrived on site at the Aspen Historical Society (AHS) to evaluate the energy performance of the nonprofit’s carriage house, large portions of the attic insulation were outright missing. “I could see bare wood on the attic walls, with totally inadequate insulation on the floors,” said Marty Treadway, CORE’s Program Director.

This was but one symptom of the ailing facility — along with single-pane windows, air leaks, old-school lighting, and radon — that resulted in recommendations from CORE for […]

CORE Grant Supports Net Zero Dream Home

By |2020-01-02T16:40:10-07:00May 5th, 2017|Blog Feed|

Photo Credit: Bailey and Steven Haines

When two dedicated Carbondalians decided to hand-build their dream home from scratch, and pull off the ultimate green-building magic trick — creating a home that produces more energy than it uses — they made many discoveries.

Two standouts:

1) It is possible to build something beautiful, affordable and beyond carbon neutral. (They beat the “HERS” rating by a factor of 10.)

2) Their energy-saving efforts earned them $17,000 in cash-back rebates and a Net […]