Carbon Emissions Reports

By |2020-08-04T11:07:42-06:00October 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 |2021-07-26T16:52:51-06:00September 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 […]

Yes, She’s an Energy Warrior

By |2021-07-26T16:09:52-06:00June 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 |2021-07-26T16:00:56-06:00May 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 […]

Sustainability: it’s a no-brainer

By |2021-07-26T15:48:28-06:00April 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 […]

Why Waste Something?

By |2021-07-19T11:23:33-06:00January 10th, 2019|Blog Feed|

Sally Cole in her carbon-neutral art studio. PC: Michele Cardamone 

A pioneering approach that protects habitat

So many animals flow through Sally Cole’s mid-valley property on the Roaring Fork River that her friends nicknamed her place “Sally’s Wild Kingdom.” (Or when they want to give their gregarious friend a ribbing: “Wild Sally’s Kingdom.”) The herons, deer, bear, elk, coyotes, owls and ermine don’t quibble the point; to them it’s just home.

A Midwest transplant […]

Say Hello to Our Energy Pioneers

By |2021-07-19T11:21:41-06:00October 11th, 2018|Blog Feed|

CORE’s Executive Director, Mona Newton, welcomes the 2018 TRUE Energy 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 to 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 […]

Ex-Gas Driller Digs Deep for Energy Savings

By |2021-07-19T11:14:38-06:00June 18th, 2018|Blog Feed|

Art Rothman, former oil and gas employee and owner of Red Mountain Inn, explains how harnessing cool ditch water to chill the air conditioners in this guest rooms saves him $1,500 per year.

After 28 years as a driller in the oil and gas industry, working his way from the bottom, Art Rothman had made up his mind: “I wasn’t going to keep feeding the energy companies.” He took his driller’s instincts in mechanics and fluid […]

Fitz Cahall: Where Public Lands + Energy Meet

By |2021-07-19T11:13:47-06:00June 16th, 2018|Blog Feed|

If Fitz Cahall had a motto, it might be “life as a creative opportunity.” The one-time hyphenated dirtbag (climbing guide-photoshoot manager-journalist) seems to have a knack for seizing the moment. Take, for example, when the print magazines he was writing for were flaming out and the 2008 downturn hit home. The seemingly disparate skill sets that he had acquired on his scrappy career juggle queued him up perfectly for the next adventure: co-founding a creative brand agency for the outdoor […]

Is Climate Change Busting Our Powder? Open Snow’s Joel Gratz Weighs In.

By |2021-07-19T11:07:52-06:00January 16th, 2018|Blog Feed|

Open Snow founder and meteorologist Joel Gratz breaking down the season at a recent talk in Frisco. Photo: Hugh Carey / hcarey@summitdaily.com

It was a dismal start to the ski season. By early January, I could run in a t-shirt, had shoveled less than a foot of snow and even the open ski runs were dotted with patches of grass and exposed rocks.

I couldn’t help but wonder: How should we make sense of this? Is climate change to blame […]

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