Over the past year, CORE has created a new strategy to enhance and accelerate our low-carbon development programs throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. We hope by expanding our partnerships and collaborations with valley-wide organizations and entities, we can unify our efforts and achieve greater impact. Additionally, we are excited to announce a new Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Blaney, who will lead the future of CORE to help our Valley reach its low -carbon development goals.
As a part of our expanded strategies and programs, CORE will host a special community event to present and discuss the exciting climate action initiatives taking place in our region and beyond. Our new CEO will moderate this event, including a panel discussion with four organizations and entities working on local climate action followed by a Q & A session.
It’s our goal to offer community members an inspiring overview of the positive efforts underway across our great Valley and beyond that accelerate the shift to a low-carbon development paradigm. To this end, we positioned this event as an opportunity to showcase projects and partnerships and talk about the opportunities to expand these efforts throughout our extraordinary Valley. This event will be an excellent opportunity to meet our new CEO and the CORE staff and to get involved in the climate conversation.
Chris Caskey is a scientist and entrepreneur who is passionate about energy and climate change. He founded Delta Brick and Climate Company when he discovered clay sediment was building up in the Paonia Reservoir, decreasing the reservoir’s capacity, and, therefore, the water available to the farmers who depend on it. As a solution, he created a business making bricks and building materials out of this sediment, creating jobs and restoring the reservoir’s capacity. Chris is the lead scientist in the Coal Basin Climate project and was drawn to the Coal Basin Mine in Redstone because it is one of the gassiest mines in the U.S., emitting more methane than all human activity in Pitkin County combined. He is working with a group of stakeholders to find a solution to this project, which will serve as an example for other abandoned mines to follow.
Tessa Schreiner is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Aspen, Colorado. She holds a master’s in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida and has worked in local government sustainability for more than seven years. In her role with the City of Aspen, Tessa leads the Climate Office in implementing strategies, policies, and programs to meet the City’s science-based targets for greenhouse gas reduction, with a focus on the built environment, transportation, and waste. An extensive program she spearheaded with CORE is Building IQ, a commercial benchmarking program. She worked hard to pass this ordinance, and in doing so, Aspen is tackling the largest emitter of greenhouse gasses and getting closer to reaching its climate action goals.
Brian Corbett is the Chief Commercial and Sustainability Officer at Atlantic Aviation and leads the business drivers, partnerships, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments. His team aims to ensure Atlantic is a valuably sustainable company today, supports customers’ emissions reduction efforts, and maintains Atlantic’s leadership position well into the future by embracing advanced air mobility and aviation’s energy transition. Brian currently serves on the board of the Colorado Outward Bound School, previously served on the board of Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain, Inc, and is passionate about youth education & leadership and the sustainability in- and of- Colorado’s mountain communities. Brain has an undergraduate degree from Boston University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Will Toor joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) as its Executive Director, appointed by Governor Jared Polis in 2019. In this role, he has helped coordinate the development and implementation of the state’s Greenhouse Gas Roadmap, which serves as an action plan to achieve the state goals of a 50% reduction in GHG pollution from 2005 levels by 2030 and a 90% reduction by 2050. Before CEO, Will was active in Colorado environmental policy over the years as Transportation Program Director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Boulder County Commissioner, Mayor of Boulder, chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and state Air Quality Control Commissioner. Will holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.
Event Introduction: Bill Stirling was one of the founders of CORE in 1994 and has served on the CORE Board of Directors for the past 28 years. CORE came to be after Bill served as the City of Aspen’s Mayor for 4 terms. He started discussions with Aspen City, Pitkin County, and Snowmass, which lasted 3 years to create an organization to address the harmful effects of global warming in the Roaring Fork Valley. He knew we needed to tackle and deal with the issue of climate change to save our valley and the world. In 2000, they created REMP, which invested approx $10 M in grants from 2000-2020 to worthy projects to reduce the negative effects of climate change. Bill served in the Peace Corps, is a realtor, started his own business, Stirling Homes, is a political activist, and devotes his free time to the important causes of the day.
Event Moderator: Dallas Blaney is the Chief Executive Officer at CORE, where he feels fortunate to spend his days working alongside a talented staff that dedicates their lives to advancing climate action in the Roaring Fork Valley. He is also grateful to serve under the supervision of a passionate and equally committed all-volunteer Board of Directors. Dallas is a Navy Veteran and self-proclaimed recovering professor. Dallas worked in higher education for nearly 10 years, where he subjected his students to courses on Global Environmental Politics, the Politics of Developing Areas, and Political Theory. To the relief of students everywhere, he relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014 to launch a new career in community service through his work with Challenge Aspen and Challenge America.