After a year hiatus, we are excited to announce the CORE Grant (formerly the Randy Udall True Pioneer Grant) is rejoining the funding lineup! We can all agree 2020 was a trying year, and due to covid-19 we had to put our flagship grant on a pause and make a couple of changes. We are taking advantage of our updated territory (Pitkin and Eagle Counties in the Roaring Fork Valley) to […]
What’s the best way to cool in the summer without an air conditioner? No AC, no problem. Consider a heat pump.
It might have heat in the name but heat pumps don’t produce heat. They move it around. When it gets hot inside, a heat pump will move hot air outside leaving you with a cool, comfortable temperature. They do the opposite in the winter by […]
The Contemporary, currently a work in progress, will be Colorado’s most energy-efficient and lowest carbon-emitting performing arts center.
It was a near miss and chance encounter that started The Arts Campus at Willits on its Path to Zero. But as the arts organization winds up construction on its new Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts, AKA The Contemporary, and gets ready to welcome audiences in […]
You’ve probably heard of Holy Cross Energy, but like most people, you might not think about your utilities much after that. As the valley’s largest utility, it might be worth taking a closer look, since they are responsible for providing clean, sustainable electricity options from Aspen to Vail. HCE is a cooperative, which means it’s the customers who have a say in decision making, so that’s where you come in. The energy coop is having an […]
April 22 marked the 51st Earth Day reminding all of us that our climate dilemma didn’t develop overnight. There were times our relationship with fossil fuels was healthier and fueled new technology and economic progress. But, the time for a tough breakup has long since passed. Gen Z didn’t have a say in the world they inherited, but its leaders are stepping up to create a future in […]
Greg and Connor Hoffman have been spending a lot of time in their garage lately. But not on your average father-son garage project.
On a Sunday in early February, Connor, a Basalt High School sophomore, was painstakingly placing hundreds of battery cells into a large, slotted container. It was part of a three-day process of building a custom battery pack for a retrofitted electric snowmobile.
For Connor, who has been fascinated with robots and electric cars since he was 5 years old, […]
When buying a new car, most people pay attention to — and factor in — the gas-mileage sticker in the window. But did you know that there’s a similar, nationally accepted energy rating system for homes?
It’s called the Home Energy Rating System, or HERS. Developed by RESNET, a nonprofit focused on achieving a nationwide, net-zero-energy residential sector by 2040, the HERS Index is the industry standard — recognized nationally and internationally — by which […]
Have you ever thought about what more electricity can do for you? For the planet? As it turns out, it’s a lot more than you might expect. When it’s beneficial electrification — yes, we know, this is the kind of terminology that might make your eyes glaze over — it has the potential to move us firmly toward a cleaner, more efficient, and safer energy future.
Beneficial electrification is the process […]
We had the chance to sit down with George for a quick Q&A about his history with CORE, the climate and a friendly chat about politics. January 20th was the perfect day to interview George. Talking to an influential local politician on the day of Joe Biden’s historic nomination was quite the treat. George served as a Pitkin County commissioner for 12 years, the maximum allowed under the term limit. He served all 12 of those years on […]