Roaring Fork Valley Energy Resource Centers
Roaring Fork Valley Energy Resource Centers:
Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)
Convenience, comfort, and energy savings could be yours this month with two new promotions in the Roaring Fork Valley. We’re partnering with Carbondale and Aspen to help you get energy smart with rebates on smart thermostats, air sealing and insulation. Read on:
The Town of Carbondale is offering 50% off smart thermostats, plus a package deal that includes professional installation and a heating tune-up. Town residents may choose between Nest Learning Thermostat, Ecobee and Honeywell Lyric, valued up to $250 each.
Call 970-925-9775 ext. 503 to sign up.
Smart thermostats self-regulate a home’s temperature for greater comfort and savings. The WiFi-enabled devices, which can be operated remotely via a computer or phone, are considered “smart” because they sense and respond to residents’ schedule and preferences, and then adjust the temperature for maximum comfort and energy savings. Learn more.
Is your home too cold in the winter? The Aspen Energy Challenge is providing up to $2,000 in cash rebates for air sealing and insulation to Roaring Fork Valley renters and homeowners. To learn how you can access our rebates for residential energy improvements, click here or call 970.925.9775 extension 503. To learn more about how you can winterize your home — and save as much as 15% on utility bills — visit the AEC webpage for details on this month’s promotion.
Want to know what other rebates are available in the Roaring Fork Valley? Check out the 2016 RFV Rebate Brochure. CORE rebates are available from Aspen through Glenwood Springs (including all homes and businesses on Glenwood Springs Electric grid).
About CORE: CORE is a non-profit which works cooperatively with businesses, individuals and government entities to create measurable improvements in energy and water efficiency in order to benefit the environment and develop a more sustainable economy.
CORE administers the City of Aspen Utilities rebates. If you are a City of Aspen Utility customer, please call us at (970)925-9775 for information regarding assessments, rebates for your home or business.
About CLEER: The Clean Energy Economy for the Region develops and delivers creative clean energy programs and services for communities, governments, businesses and households in western Colorado.
Visit us! The Energy Resource Center at the Third St. Center in Carbondale is your one-stop-shop to discover clean energy incentives in the valley.
Aspen Energy Challenge!
What can you get at our ERC?
- Energy Coaching
- Free Radon Test Kits
- Information on rebates and financing
The Third St. Center
520 S. 3rd St.
Aspen Airport Business Center
Your Energy Smart Staff
Mary Treadway, Program ManagerMarty is the Energy Smart Colorado Program Manager, one of CORE’s many efficiency programs. Energy Smart Colorado provides access to information, financing and a qualified workforce for residential and commercial energy efficiency customers throughout Colorado’s Western Slope.
One of Marty’s primary responsibilities for CORE is managing their commercial efficiency program. He is available to help business owners with improving their energy efficiency, and answer questions they may have about the process of getting retrofit projects completed. He has been a general contractor in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2001, as the co-owner of a design-build firm specializing in sustainably built custom homes. He received his LEED Green Associate and BPI-Building Analyst certifications in 2011.
Marty’s home is in Carbondale, where he has lived with his wife on and off since 1999. He has worked for several architects, volunteered for many years on the the Carbondale Mountain Fair board, Red Hill Council and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Some of Marty’s other interests include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and raising his two wonderful boys Tyler and Potter, with a little help from his wife, Trina Ortega. Marty holds a Master of Architecture degree from CU Denver, and a Technical Journalism degree from CSU.
Charlie Eckart, Building Science CoordinatorAs the Building Science Coordinator, Charlie brings his passion for energy efficiency within the built environment to a stage where overall impact is critical. Charlie will be overseeing the residential Energy Smart Colorado program with an eye on its effectiveness, the public interface and its financial sustainability. Helping incentivize the energy efficiency of the Valley’s commercial sector will also be a priority of his.
Charlie brings with him a strong background in energy auditing, ratings and weatherization services from his former company, Aspen Thermo Consulting. Trained as a licensed architect, he holds certifications as a LEED Accredited Professional, BPI Multi-Family and Building Analyst, and RESNET HERS rater.
Charlie has lived in Aspen since 1993 where he revels in various cycling pursuits and loves to telemark and skate ski. He actively volunteers for the Aspen Outdoor Space and Trails Committee is a trail crew leader for the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and is a founding board member for the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.
Lara Whitley, Community Engagement & Marketing Manager
One of Lara’s first “marketing” endeavors was designing a prize-winning poster for a utility-sponsored contest in 7th grade. Her snappy headline? “Solar Energy: Catch It and Conserve It.” Today, Lara marvels that she has come full circle by leading community engagement and marketing for CORE.
Lara’s passion is building momentum and launching movements by telling a great story. Prior to joining CORE, she was the Communications Director for Aspen Community School’s successful $9.1M campaign to transform its aging campus into a state-of-the-art facility targeting LEED Gold and the 2030 Carbon Neutral Challenge. For nearly a decade, she served as the Director of Marketing + PR for Aspen Words, where she built the organization’s marketing program from the ground up. Lara graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and has been a Roaring Fork Valley resident since 1998.
As a mother, community member, visual artist and self-proclaimed word nerd, Lara is excited to join CORE, training her communications sights on climate action, which she holds as the most pressing issue of our time. When not brainstorming ways to better connect with the community, you’ll find Lara riding her bike in the mountains with her husband and two boys, making art, or hunting down the sweetest peach at the farmer’s market.
Sarah Gruen, Energy Smart Program SpecialistSarah is responsible for organizing our rebate system, community outreach programs, and CORE initiatives. She is available to discuss incentives available to help homeowner’s energy upgrade projects, energy saving strategies and implementation.
Sarah moved to Aspen in 2012 to work as a Summer Naturalist for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Prior to making the move to Aspen, Sarah graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Geography and then worked in Seattle for outdoor recreation and conservation organizations. In her spare time, Sarah can be found exploring our mountains and lounging in the Colorado sun!
Brad Davis, Energy Smart Program SpecialistBrad works closely with businesses and helps process commercial rebates. Energy Smart Colorado provides access to information, financing and a qualified workforce for residential and commercial energy efficiency customers throughout Colorado’s Western Slope.
Brad has been a part of the EnergySmart Colorado team since 2013 but has just joined the CORE in April of 2015. He advises local businesses on energy efficiency and provides data management support. He is passionate about helping the mountain community reduce it’s impact on climate change. Brad previously worked for Walking Mountains Science Center, Beaver Creek Resort’s Environmental Department, and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. He also was a member of the building maintenance staff at the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, the first ever LEED platinum certified building. Brad is originally from Maryland and attended Eckerd College, earning a B.A. in Psychology. He is BPI certified and is currently working on an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability through the University of Denver. In his free time, Brad loves to ski powder, mountain bike, and climb 14ers.
Kate Henion, Energy Smart Program AssistantAs Energy Programs Assistant, Kate will be helping homeowners access cash-back rebates for home improvement projects and providing complimentary energy advising services. She is happy to be back in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, where she can work on helping make our communities more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Kate attended the University of Connecticut, where she earned a B.A. in History and Political Science in 2013 – shortly after she moved to the Roaring Fork Valley where she took full advantage of the local outdoor industry. She spent two years working for the Glenwood Adventure Company in Glenwood Springs. Kate also worked for the Public Interest Network in Denver before being drawn back to the Western Slope. In her free time Kate can be found hiking and biking or learning how to become a better rafter and skier.