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Community Office for Resource Efficiency

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National Energy Efficiency Day is October 2. Local governments are making progress on their climate goals, but some say there is more to be done.

Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County are working in partnership with the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to set and reach goals to reduce carbon-emissions. Aspen’s reduction goal is 30 percent by 2020, Basalt’s is 25 percent by 2025 and Snowmass Village has a 20 percent reduction goal by 2020.

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At the end of this week, local energy groups will name one area high school the winner of the Changemakers Challenge. It’s a social media contest to award environmental engagement, and the kickoff featured its own teenage changemaker.

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

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This will be the first full summer that Colorado residents can legally use rain barrels to conserve water. Local organizations are helping people learn how.

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As the weather heats up, local energy organizations and utilities are offering residents opportunities to make their homes more efficient.

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Administrators at Aspen schools recently finished a thorough round of testing, but these tests are not for students. They are designed to see if the district’s buildings are performing as efficiently as they should be, and there is some real work to do to get smarter.

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Corbett and Grace Lunsford have been on the road for six months, without ever leaving their home. Their mobile living space serves as a model for efficient and sustainable buildings. This week, they parked their home in Carbondale to give tours.

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At a work session Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners discussed plans for spending $2 million generated by the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, where developers have to pay to offset energy demands.

  Carbondale voters are considering increasing taxes. One would allow property taxes to go up to help pay for capital costs — like sidewalks and roads. The other would tax electricity and natural gas use. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the energy tax is modeled closely on a similar one in Boulder.

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The number of ethnic minorities involved in environmental organizations across the country is dismally low and it’s the same in the Roaring Fork Valley. Some statewide groups have noticed the problem and are creating programs for the Latino community. They say reaching this population is an important step toward reducing carbon emissions. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Dulce Saenz immigrated with her family to Colorado from Mexico when she was a toddler. She says she heard the term “carbon footprint” for the first time last year.

Grants help homeowners afford energy efficiency

Jun 18, 2015
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  The Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, has been working with homeowners for years to help bring down energy use. The nonprofit has expanded to specifically help homeowners on a limited budget. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

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The non profit the Community Office of Resource Efficiency is celebrating twenty years in the Valley this month. Citizens, local governments and utility companies partnered in 1994, to reduce energy consumption locally. CORE’s work so far has taken a significant amount of carbon out of the atmosphere.