When Rich Boucher, Chief Engineer at the Snowmass Club, made the decision to upgrade its 24/7 lighting in the facility’s underground parking garage, he wasn’t thinking about strengthening the athletic club’s economic resilience against a pandemic, although he achieved just that. Instead, Rich was looking to save time for his maintenance team. “It could take them 20 minutes to cross the campus in a golf cart to find the right light bulb. With the durability of LED […]
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As COVID has laid bare, our health entirely depends on the climate and the other organisms we share the planet with. That’s why one event that otherwise might slip under the radar — the annual board of directors election for a utility — is so important. And not just any utility: Holy Cross Energy, the rural electric cooperative that provides electricity to the majority of the Roaring Fork Valley. Their seven board members, two of whose seats are up […]
Mac’s back at it again with Episode 2 of our new DIY video series to get you started down the Path to Zero. This two-minute lowdown covers LEDs, which produce better lighting using 75% less energy and lasting 25 times longer than old-school incandescent bulbs. Tune in for pro tips on brightness, color, rebates and more!
If you are following Pitkin County’s weekly Community Meetings (catch the latest here), you’ve heard Aspen Valley Hospital CEO Dave Ressler talk about “negative pressure rooms.” These are treatment rooms whose ventilation systems, by design, can be tuned to push more air out than in*. This setting prevents air — and, notably, airborne corona virus droplets — from escaping the negative pressure rooms, meaning infection can’t spread to other parts of the hospital.
We are kicking off with advanced power strips (APS), AKA smart strips. Most home electronics draw standby power even when not in use. Check out the video to see how a smart strip will help you automatically cut standby power so you can do your part for […]
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Imagine Climate collaborators bring art and science to life — even from the couch. Check out what our thoughtful partners are doing to help you keep the fires of creativity burning. And don’t miss your chance for a fresh air fix that could win you a portable solar party kit from CORE.
- The Art Base has free Art Kits To-Go on their back porch (featured in the image above).
Just last week, when things seemed funnier, a meme made the rounds: Climate change needs to hire coronavirus’s PR firm.
Certainly, we’ve witnessed what can happen when there is community and political will for rapid change in the face of a public health threat — with scientists calling for urgency — that puts human lives, food supplies, and mental health at stake. “Sound familiar?” asks Fast Company.
Could there […]
If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to be flexible. For many of us, there’s less driving, less working in person (or, sadly, less working at all), and more time at home. As we shift, so does our energy usage. This brave new world means powering up our home heating systems for more hours of the day; keeping our hygiene on point with more hot water for handwashing, dishes, and laundry; and possibly going to a larger, […]
Cheap, smart, and green. What’s not to love? That’s what CORE’s Program Director Marty Treadway has to say about the heat-pumps that heat water. He recently installed one during his whole-home energy retrofit. Here are five reasons we <3 this technology:
5. They allow you to be the master and commander of your water heater.
“The coolest thing for me as a homeowner is the level of control I have with a hybrid-electric (heat-pump) water heater.”