Upon arriving in the Roaring Fork Valley more than 30 years ago, this Energy Warrior threw her energy and attention into her first love — alpine skiing — spending days shredding deep powder with ski patrollers and others, learning the mountain slopes. Within a few years, her primary focus turned to the biggest challenge of our lifetime: climate change.
She was one of CORE’s first employees, working side by side with Randy Udall ideating programs like the wind power, solar power pioneers, and the most iconic: the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP) to push our valley in a direction that would create jobs in clean energy and cut carbon.
With her roots deep in Carbondale, she helped realize the opportunity for solar on the brand new recreation center and, with others in the community, collaborated to breathe new life into the old elementary school, now known as the Third Street Center. Instead of being abandoned, the former school now courses with new life, housing artists, nonprofits and a coffee shop. Looking for a creative solution in every realm, she’s helped the Marble Distillery become one of the distilleries with the most sustainable practices in the country. Her approach to innovation and problem solving has helped put Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley on the map of communities seeking sustainability.
Her drive and passion for communities and clean energy expanded while working at the Colorado Energy Office, helping Western Slope Communities participate in the New Energy Economy. When met with reluctance or skepticism, her motto was always, “Just take a step.”
We are honoring Joani Matranga for possessing such drive and passion to make a positive difference for our communities and the planet, and we know she still has more to offer.
CORE is delighted to present Joani Matranga with the 2020 Energy Warrior Award winner in the Lifetime Achievement category.