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1307, 2018

Basalt Cracks the Code

By | July 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on Basalt Cracks the Code

We can’t overemphasize the importance of building codes. This dense and complicated set of guidelines on mundane things like insulation and glazing requirements isn’t fun leisure reading. But they are one of the most important tools local governments have to reduce energy use in homes and businesses — and to take action on climate.

With the goal of creating homes that use less fossil fuels while improving the comfort and well-being of inhabitants, CORE contracted with two sustainable building specialists – Jeff Dickinson with Biospaces Inc., and Amanda Poindexter with Full Circle Construction – to help the […]

1207, 2018

Most People Don’t Know Where GHG Emissions Come From, Do You?

By | July 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on Most People Don’t Know Where GHG Emissions Come From, Do You?

CORE recently unveiled a new engagement station, the Question of the Day. Stop by our table at local events, like the Aspen Saturday Market, to submit your answer.

If you’ve seen the CORE table at events lately, you’ve probably been asked the question: “what is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Pitkin County?”

And chances are, you’ve answered wrong.

The answer, buildings, are responsible for 70% of emissions across Pitkin County.

The results were determined when CORE calculated Pitkin County’s carbon footprint for the calendar year 2014, assessing for the first time, the largest sources of emissions across the […]

207, 2018

The Solar Way

By | July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Action of the Month|Comments Off on The Solar Way

“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 clean air above their roofline.

“Living here, solar panels have become so efficient, it’s crazy not to consider them,” said Poschman. “If you […]

1806, 2018

Leave Your Worries to CORE

By | June 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on Leave Your Worries to CORE

Photo credit: Michele Cardamone

In 1973, William Crelli left his steel and coal mining Pennsylvania hometown to try out the Rocky Mountain terrain. Forty-five years later and he can’t imagine living anywhere else.

“I was just going to stay for a ski season or two, but ended up staying,” commented Crelli, “I love the people and the community.”

The 71-year-old Aspen local, who goes by Billy, has a laundry list of occupations that kept him going over the years. He’s worked in the restaurant industry, on ski patrol and mountain rescue, competitively ski-raced for a bit, and owned a lawn and […]

1806, 2018

Ex-Gas Driller Digs Deep for Energy Savings

By | June 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on Ex-Gas Driller Digs Deep for Energy Savings

Art Rothman, former oil and gas employee and owner of Red Mountain Inn, explains how harnessing cool ditch water to chill the air conditioners in this guest rooms saves him $1,500 per year.

After 28 years as a driller in the oil and gas industry, working his way from the bottom, Art Rothman had made up his mind: “I wasn’t going to keep feeding the energy companies.” He took his driller’s instincts in mechanics and fluid dynamics and put them to work innovating an air conditioning system that harnesses water rather than electricity to keep cool. […]