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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Local energy projects get boost from CORE

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The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) awarded more than $700,000 to local energy programs on Wednesday.


CORE gave grants to 28 organizations from Aspen to Glenwood Springs for commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. These include large-scale solar projects at the Pitkin County Landfill, Roaring Fork School District, and St. Benedict’s Monastery. That work is expected to offset 100 percent of the energy use at those sites.

“What we’re trying to do is actually produce our own energy locally, and we’re doing it in such a way that doesn’t require any fossil fuels to be burned,” said Marty Treadway, who manages the grants program for CORE. “It’s all about removing carbon from the air.”

The grant program is funded by the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, which requires that property owners pay a fee for projects like snowmelt or heated pools that consume a lot of energy.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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