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The CORE Grant is back!

By |2021-07-16T12:32:31-06:00June 4th, 2021|Blog Feed|

After a year hiatus, we are excited to announce the CORE Grant (formerly the Randy Udall True Pioneer Grant) is rejoining the funding lineup! We can all agree 2020 was a trying year, and due to covid-19 we had to put our flagship grant on a pause and make a couple of changes. We are taking advantage of our updated territory (Pitkin and Eagle Counties in the Roaring Fork Valley) to […]

Green Gigs: How a Performing Arts Center Can Be Net Zero

By |2021-07-16T12:57:39-06:00May 13th, 2021|Blog Feed|

The Contemporary, currently a work in progress, will be Colorado’s most energy-efficient and lowest carbon-emitting performing arts center.

It was a near miss and chance encounter that started The Arts Campus at Willits on its Path to Zero. But as the arts organization winds up construction on its new Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts, AKA The Contemporary, and gets ready to welcome audiences in […]

Vote for a Carbon-free Future

By |2021-07-16T13:03:25-06:00May 12th, 2021|Blog Feed, Events|

You’ve probably heard of Holy Cross Energy, but like most people, you might not think about your utilities much after that. As the valley’s largest utility, it might be worth taking a closer look, since they are responsible for providing clean, sustainable electricity options from Aspen to Vail. HCE is a cooperative, which means it’s the customers who have a say in decision making, so that’s where you come in. The energy coop is having an […]

Ready-for-Winter Restaurant Checklist

By |2021-07-16T13:14:38-06:00December 10th, 2020|Blog Feed|

CORE is Here to Help! 

Connect with CORE for FREE energy advising

Stretch your funds with CORE Rebates: Cash-back incentives for restaurants on electric infrared outdoor heaters, HVAC systems, dishwashers, fryers, ovens and more.

DIY Ways to Prep Your Restaurant for Winter 

Thermostats: Program your thermostat to match your business hours. For unoccupied buildings, turn down to 50 degrees to save energy while keeping pipes from […]

Stitching Together a Carbon-free Community

By |2020-11-16T11:49:17-07:00November 13th, 2020|Blog Feed|

When Matt Shmigelsky found the foreclosure sale up the Crystal in 2014, the property was in rough shape. The previous owner — a real-life junkyard owner — had left his calling cards all over the three-acre lot. “RVs, trash, a lot to clean up,” said Matt. But beneath the debris, he could sense potential on this rare piece of accessibly priced raw land where he could park the low-carbon tiny home he had just built with the support […]

Vote, Volunteer, Feel Better

By |2021-07-19T12:10:19-06:00October 9th, 2020|Blog Feed|

Is the world feeling strange — and you with it? You’re not alone. A recent poll by the American Psychiatric Association shows that anxiety is on the rise in the US. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any American with a pulse. But given that this survey took place in late May — three months after COVID landed but before 2020 began unleashing its full script — you can bet it’s […]

New Chapter: CORE Rebates + Grants

By |2020-12-10T14:02:19-07:00October 9th, 2020|Blog Feed|

A few weeks ago, CORE announced a big shift in how we deliver financial incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency to the Roaring Fork Valley. Effective January 1, 2021, the service territory for CORE rebates and grants will be limited to Pitkin County. 

This is due to changes in Pitkin County building codes which resulted in rising renewable energy installations (good news) and a commensurate drop in payments into the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), whose […]

#StuckAtHome? Creative Ideas from Imagine Climate Collaborators

By |2020-08-04T10:43:24-06:00March 20th, 2020|Blog Feed|

PC: Image courtesy The Art Base

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).
  • Aspen Words[…]

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

By |2020-08-04T11:06:16-06:00November 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 […]

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 […]

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