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As We Shift, So Does Our Energy Usage

By |2020-04-29T17:57:59-06:00March 20th, 2020|Blog Feed|

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, […]

5 Reasons We Can’t Get Enough of Heat Pumps

By |2020-02-19T17:29:11-07:00February 19th, 2020|Blog Feed|

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.”

Heat-pump […]

The New Pioneers of Net Zero

By |2020-06-26T16:58:04-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

Aspen locals Sam and Desi Barney in their future living room. PC Dan Bayer:

Just beyond Aspen’s downtown core lies Smuggler Park, an old-school trailer park-turned-subdivision its HOA touts as “real homes for real locals.” Two of its residents, Sam and Desi Barney, are using a CORE Net Zero Homes grant to drive real change when it comes to how their home uses energy.

Sam and Desi prove that anyone can […]

The Path to Zero is Here!

By |2020-06-26T17:03:37-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

Are you ready to create a healthy, comfortable, carbon-free space? So are we! Starting this month, we’re focusing all our efforts on one community-wide, zero-emissions goal we call the “Path to Zero.” It’s a streamlined platform we’ve developed to help you zero-out fossil fuels and carbon emissions in the built environment.

How Does It Work?

Path to Zero is based on the concept of net-zero buildings — the kind that generate as much energy as they consume. That […]

Art + Science Collide @ Imagine Climate 2020

By |2020-04-29T19:05:58-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

Wonder and delight at last year’s Imagine Climate. PC: Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Coming soon: February 25!

Mark your calendars: the 2nd annual Imagine Climate 2020 is coming your way. Science and art will throw sparks — and generate action — in the Roaring Fork Valley during this monthlong exploration of climate culture, February 25 through March 18. With two dozen collaborating organizations, artists and innovators, we’re bringing you creative perspectives and possibilities on climate like never […]

5Point = Good Times

By |2020-04-29T19:25:08-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog Feed|

We love being a part of the 5Point family, celebrating the human spirit and our collective passion for the outdoors at last weekend’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival in Aspen. Thanks to all who stopped by to share their curiosity for zero-emissions life. As part of the Path to Zero initiative we’re launching, we had a drawing for a backcountry solar recharging station. Congratulations to winner Jamie B. of Basalt!

Stay tuned […]

Know More, Use Less

By |2020-06-26T17:11:20-06:00November 20th, 2019|Action of the Month, Blog Feed|

When master craftsman and energy analyst Steve Barbee isn’t performing energy assessments, he’s performing songs — on guitars he builds by hand. Photo Credit: Erin Danneker, Eyedrop Design

When CORE energy analyst Steve Barbee shows up to conduct a home energy assessment, you can count on a lifetime of knowledge walking in the door with him. Steve still manages to expand his expertise despite entering the building trade more than 40 years […]

Top 5 Solutions to Fight Climate Change

By |2019-12-06T13:01:51-07:00November 19th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Has the climate strike sparked curiosity about how to lower your carbon emissions and fight climate change? You are not alone. In mid-September, Google searches for the term “climate strike” skyrocketed to their highest levels ever, a 100-fold increase from the year prior. 

CORE wants to put your inquisitiveness to work. In October, we joined four local governments—Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass and Pitkin County—in publishing carbon emissions reports and recommendations for the most meaningful […]

High-performance learning, with a sandwich on the side

By |2019-12-05T15:58:35-07:00November 18th, 2019|Blog Feed, Events|

New this fall, CORE is offering FREE building science trainings for construction workers on the jobsite. Known as the CORE Workforce Training, these lunch-and-learn sessions, offered in English or Spanish, are held on-site during the lunch hour and include lunch and drinks for the student crew. The courses are led by Beatriz Soto, a bilingual architect and CORE’s Community Outreach + Workforce Development Coordinator. Over the course of two classes, she covers principles and techniques of green building, […]

And the Winner Is…All of Us! CORE’s 2019 Energy Warrior Awards

By |2020-06-10T11:42:20-06:00November 18th, 2019|Blog Feed|

As the 25th anniversary year winds down, CORE had one final move: honoring local champions of clean energy and climate restoration with our first-annual Energy Warrior Awards. Under the guise to the organization’s quarter-century celebration last month, we surprised ten local individuals and a nonprofit with awards in five categories. Two tributes — to the past and the future — highlighted the evening, with the Lifetime Achievement award honoring Bill Stirling and the Youth category prize bestowed on […]