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Say Hello to Our Energy Pioneers

By |2018-10-15T16:45:31+00:00October 11th, 2018|Blog Feed|

CORE’s Executive Director, Mona Newton, welcomes the 2018 TRUE Pioneers grantees during the annual reception held in the blue twilight of dusk, at the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s River Center, a 2017 grant winner. We’ve got to do more and we have to do it fast, according the newest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report put together by the world's best climate scientists. That’s why we’re proud to present the recipients of the Randy Udall Energy (TRUE) Pioneer Grant [...]

5 Things That Changed After We Got a Home Energy Assessment

By |2018-10-15T11:47:09+00:00October 11th, 2018|Blog Feed|

This article was originally published by Aspen Real Life and is reproduced here as part of our Home Energy Assessment collaboration.  Sixteen days into my marketing gig at CORE, I was signing up for a home energy assessment. I figured first-hand experience was a must if I was going to be touting the assessment — a foundation of CORE’s energy-efficiency gospel. Plus, I wanted to know exactly how easy, or not, it would actually [...]

Saving Time + Energy

By |2018-10-11T09:57:59+00:00October 11th, 2018|Blog Feed|

Yvonne Klausmann and her daughters enjoying the fruits of their labor on a fall afternoon at their Snowmass Village home. On a Thursday morning, I gave Snowmass Village resident Yvonne Klausmann a call, inquiring if she’d be willing to be featured in our monthly You Are Powerful campaign. With the sound of saws in the background (she is in the midst of a significant home remodel) we chatted about her new life in the [...]

Faces of Energy Efficiency

By |2018-09-20T13:35:56+00:00September 12th, 2018|Blog Feed|

We hear about the role that oil and natural gas production play in Colorado’s economy all the time. But what if I told you energy efficiency -- not oil and gas -- is the No. 1 creator of energy jobs across the Southwest? A net of 67,000 jobs were added to the energy efficiency sector last year -- beating out new jobs in oil and natural gas production, electric power generation and other energy industries, according to a 2018 [...]

How The RFV Keeps the Lights On

By |2018-09-17T15:54:19+00:00September 12th, 2018|Blog Feed|

We’ve got a long list of ways you can use less energy, but a 72-hour power outage doesn’t make the cut. A blackout of that scale was a real threat during the early days of the Lake Christine Fire. Crews from Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy, two of the electric utilities serving our region, were working hard to keep the power flowing. The fire may be contained, but the utilities are still working around-the-clock to recover from the damage [...]

Local Savings Help A Growing Business

By |2018-09-17T13:34:43+00:00September 12th, 2018|Blog Feed|

Dave Clark and Tom Clark Jr. (left to right) have a laugh at their Aspen store  juggling oranges in the revamped produce section. Photo credit: Michele Cardamone Photography Forty years ago, Tom Clark Sr. opened his first market in Aspen. Since then, the store donning his last name, Clark’s Market, has grown to nine Colorado locations, two in Utah, and a recently opened store in Sedona, AZ. Every store is unique in that it reflects each community’s [...]

Partnering for Sustainable AND Affordable Housing

By |2018-08-15T13:09:23+00:00August 14th, 2018|Blog Feed|

Architectural renderings of Basalt Vista created by  2757 design+build co. Affordable Housing. Often the topic of newspaper headlines, local radio stations, or conversations at the coffee shop. It’s also been a thorn in the side for our communities, struggling to diplomatically address the issue. How do we build it? Where do we build it? Who is going to pay for it? Over the years many affordable options have broken ground, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. [...]

This Little Box Can Help Your Business Save Big

By |2018-08-15T10:57:48+00:00August 13th, 2018|Blog Feed|

The Annabelle Inn knows that saving energy means saving money. Business owners looking to improve their energy efficiency often ask one question: which project saves the most money? For Annabelle Inn, the answer was adding variable frequency drives (VFDs) to the hotel’s hot water circulation pumps, a simple move that’s projected to save the hotel almost $2,500 annually. Most commercial buildings have motor-driven fans and pumps that behave much the same as they have for years: the [...]

Basalt Cracks the Code

By |2018-07-26T19:28:24+00:00July 13th, 2018|Blog Feed|

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 [...]

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

By |2018-07-17T19:49:59+00:00July 12th, 2018|Blog Feed|

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 [...]