Gunnison County at Office For Resource Efficiency (ORE)
Building a Sustainable Gunnison Valley. The Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE) is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 based in Gunnison County, Colorado. ORE brings resource efficiency to the area through partnerships, programs and outreach. The Energy Resource Center, staffed with an energy expert and stocked with a library, energy kiosk and demonstration materials, available to anyone in its service area.
Your Energy Smart Staff
Amy Konash, Local Farms First Market ManagerAmy moved to Gunnison, Colorado from Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2009 to attend Western State Colorado University. She graduated in May of 2013 and has a degree in Environmental Studies with a Water Emphasis. She is passionate about a sustainable future and enjoys working with Local Farms First and ORE to raise awareness for the importance of local food and a sustainable valley. She enjoys cooking, preserving local organic food, hiking, snowshoeing and yoga.
Murtaza Naqvi, VolunteerMurtaza is a Colorado native of 25 years, and has recently moved to the Gunnison Valley from Denver, CO where he graduated in May of 2011 from the University of Denver. As a volunteer from the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation, the Western Hardrock Watershed Team, and the Southwest Conservation Corps, Murtaza aims to continue a legacy of service with ORE and in the Valley. Murtaza has recently completed an AmeriCorps VISTA terms and continues to volunteer with ORE to facilitate programs with new volunteers and staff.
Sam Kozel, Sustainability Project VolunteerSam has called Gunnison Valley home since 2008. Whenever free, he thrives in the Crested Butte backcountry enjoying time on his skis or mountain bike. The newest member of the ORE team, Sam hopes to help achieve a vision of a more sustainable Gunnison County. This vision has led him back to pursue a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Western State and he hopes to utilize these partnerships for it.
Hanna Riepl, Environment and Sustainability InternHanna Riepl grew up in the suburbs of Denver and moved to Gunnison, CO in 2010. She is currently active in completing her B.A. in Environmental Studies and minor in Sociology at Western State Colorado University. Hanna is passionate about energy efficiency and is actively seeking a future in alternative energy solutions. She has been involved with Gunnison Valley’s plastic bag movement as well as Habitat for Humanity, Western’s Environmental Studies department, and the Office for Resource Efficiency. Hanna continues to be driven by her peers, colleagues, and family and plans to forward her journey in preserving the beauty of the world.
Energy Smart at ORE: 970.641.7682 – Gunnison@EnergySmartColorado.com