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1111, 2017

Climate Action Planning Isn’t Sexy. Why You Should Care Anyway.

By | November 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on Climate Action Planning Isn’t Sexy. Why You Should Care Anyway.

“Landscape of Change,” where climate change data meets watercolor, by artist Jill Pelto.

Pitkin County knows that the climate is changing our valley and that ambitious action is needed — if we’re to stave off the forecast of warmer winters, reduced snowpack, disrupted water cycles, and increased risk of wildfire.

So what is the County doing about it? ? On October 25th, the Board of County Commissioners…wait for it…adopted a PLAN.

I know, I know. Plans aren’t sexy. Action is. Like the 104 kWh solar photovoltaic system powering the Public Work facility’s electricity use, and then some. Like […]

1111, 2017

Furnace Fail: a Cautionary Tale

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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 of indoor camping can be fun. Our twelve-year-old son even asked if we could do it again. The next day the sun came out, […]

1009, 2017

The Right Move

By | September 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on The Right Move

“CORE is an incredible community resource,” says Liz Stewart, recipient of CORE rebate funds.

When a 70s-era investment property came into Liz Stewart’s possession, she knew she could count on CORE, again. Seven years back we helped the Aspen resident complete a home energy reboot on her home. This time around, CORE scored almost $3,000 in rebates to lower the cost of her latest energy makeover.

As with any old home, this rental unit had its share of problems: an old mechanical system that had to go, no thermostats, and outdated lighting. Liz knew she had her work cut out:  “Everything […]

1408, 2017

Mountainfilm Gives Aspen a High Five

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on Mountainfilm Gives Aspen a High Five

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 with Telluride Mountainfilm, the Aspen festival will showcase nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with […]

2007, 2017

A Bright Forecast for Solar PV

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on A Bright Forecast for Solar PV

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 want to generate their own solar power. More and more, larger organizations have begun looking to power their entire operations.

To […]

1406, 2017

Aspen Historical Society: Efficiency Preserves History and Health

By | June 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog Feed|Comments Off on Aspen Historical Society: Efficiency Preserves History and Health

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 a comprehensive energy efficiency overhaul. The ambitious remedies that the Historical Society undertook — designed by Forum Phi Architecture, built […]