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Carbon Emissions Reports

By |2019-12-06T13:14:22-07:00October 1st, 2019|Blog Feed|

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CARBON-EMISSIONS REPORTS SHOW UPPER VALLEY NEEDS TO WORK HARDER AND FASTER TO REACH CLIMATE GOALS
CORE and Local Governments Release Latest Carbon-Emissions Findings

(October 2, 2019) Aspen, CO — Today, on National Energy Efficiency Day, a partnership of upper valley governments supported by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) are announcing their communities’ progress on and opportunities for carbon-emissions reductions.

The four local governments — Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass Village […]

Students for Climate Protection

By |2019-12-06T13:36:16-07:00September 19th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Students in the Roaring Fork Valley are lending their voices to the global chorus of young people calling for climate protection. As a part of the Global Climate Strike taking place on September 20th, they will join over 1.5 million peers worldwide to send a powerful message: “Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.” 

A brave, grassroots team of climate protection […]

Ski Wax From Plants, Not Petroleum

By |2019-12-06T13:40:24-07:00September 19th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Photo credit: MountainFLOW

“It just seemed like a product that should exist,” said Peter Arlein, inventor of the first plant-based ski wax in North America. The Carbondale-based skier got his gumption to leap blindly into industrial chemistry after 20 years in the ski industry and a vision to turn his passion into purpose: making skiing carbon-free. 

Earlier this year, Arlein pitched CORE for a community grant to launch MountainFLOW eco-wax into the Roaring Fork […]

Stream Roaring Stories

By |2019-12-06T13:42:16-07:00September 15th, 2019|Blog Feed|

When did climate change become real to you? The 2nd Annual Roaring Stories sought to answer this very real question by sharing personal experiences. On June 5th, 6 storytellers spoke to a sold-out audience at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Rock Bottom Ranch. With the help of Writ Large and MC Alya Howe, Mike Marolt, Mona Newton, Samuel Bernal, Annie Worley, Beatriz Soto, and Bill Kight shared how they have felt the tremendous impact of climate change.

Roaring Stories […]

Keep Your Cool, Efficiently.

By |2019-12-05T15:29:29-07:00June 17th, 2019|Blog Feed|

CORE launches 2019 rebate for evaporative cooling

This we know: our summers will be hotter and drier. Climate projections indicate that statewide annual temperatures are expected to warm between 2.5°F and 5°F by 2050. What exactly does that look like? Well, if Denver is on track to reach temperatures like Pueblo or Albuquerque, then it’s not a stretch to imagine a new normal for Aspen in line with the temperatures of Carbondale or Grand Junction. This is why rebates […]

What Local Solar Tastes Like

By |2019-12-05T15:38:22-07:00June 14th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Potatoes unearthed in Emma, chard harvested in Old Snowmass, herbs raised at Cozy Point. Who doesn’t love the bounty of Roaring Fork Valley produce and the simple efficiency of connecting food producers to food consumers? The local food movement has helped to develop more resilient food networks, bolster local economies, and strengthen the health, environment and community in small geographical regions like our valley.

Local food doesn’t just make better cherry tomatoes, it makes sense.

What if we could do the same […]

Yes, She’s an Energy Warrior

By |2019-12-05T16:05:23-07:00June 11th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Did you know that less than a quarter of all workers employed in energy-efficiency fields are women? Solar companies, utilities, and other facets of the energy industry also report uninspiringly low numbers of female participation.

Today we are celebrating boundary-pushing women who are bucking the trend. Below are five energy warriors who are creating change that matters and generating new possibilities. These female architects, energy-efficiency specialists, and contractors remind us to get up and do something!

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Snowmaking Outside of the Box

By |2019-05-30T12:07:50-06:00May 30th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Aspen Skiing Company’s in-house snow and energy experts in the heart of the snowmaking beast — the primary pump house — on Snowmass Mountain. L-to-R: Jonathan “Jonboy” Beal, Ryland French, Frank White, Colin “Smartest Snowmaker” Martin, Jesse “Trailbone” Thome. PC: Michele Cardamone Photography

Our livelihoods and recreation — and some might even say our mental health and spiritual wellbeing — are depending on Frank White. As the head of snowmaking operations at Snowmass Mountain, Frank has the hopes of the community […]

The Most Important Election You’ve Never Heard of

By |2020-01-02T16:44:15-07:00May 28th, 2019|Blog Feed|

If you care about clean energy and think utilities are boring, think again. Utilities play a key role in the fight against climate change. As much as 70 percent of Pitkin County’s greenhouse gas emissions are from the energy used in homes and businesses. And at present, 53 percent of the energy provided by the valley’s largest electric utility — Holy Cross Energy — comes from coal. That’s why a utility’s decisions around clean energy and energy efficiency matter.

Luckily, there’s […]

Sustainability: it’s a no-brainer

By |2019-05-01T09:28:10-06:00April 30th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Matt Hamilton and his family take a stroll in Carbondale. PC: Eyedrop Design

For Matt Hamilton, sustainability is a no-brainer. That might sound like something you’d expect from the Sustainability Director at Aspen Skiing Company. Not only does Hamilton work with CORE on various efficiency projects for their four mountain resorts, he puts his environmental values to work at home too.

Hamilton’s house was built in 1999 and he started calling it […]