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.
CORE offers rebates to homeowners to get them to upgrade to more energy efficient appliances. They also offer grants to non profits and other public groups for green projects. It’s these offerings, says director Mona Newton, that are making a big dent in reducing the Valley’s carbon footprint.
"So far, we’ve been able to offset about 409,000 metric tons of carbon. That’s equivalent to eliminating about 37,000 homes’ emissions per year," she says.
She says that’s three times the number of homes in Pitkin County. The group started as a grassroots effort to combat and highlight climate change. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Mona Newton of CORE.
For the first time this year, CORE offered a grant in honor of the late Randy Udall. One local recipient, the Marble Distilling Company in Carbondale, plans to use the money to develop a water recycling program.