Roaring Fork Valley at Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
Roaring Fork Valley at the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) and at Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER).
The Energy Smart program serves the Roaring Fork Valley through the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), an innovative non-profit which works cooperatively with businesses, individuals and government entities to create measureable improvements in energy and water efficiency in order to benefit the environment and develop a more sustainable economy. CORE’s Energy Resource Center can be found at the ABC in Aspen and at the Third St. Center in Carbondale.
CORE administers the City of Aspen Utilities rebates. If you are a City of Aspen Utility customer, please call us with any questions regarding assessments, rebates or tips for how you can reduce your energy bill.
Additionally, Energy Smart Colorado serves Garfield County through CLEER. Their Energy Resource Center is at the Third St. Center in Carbondale.
The Roaring Fork Valley Energy Smart program is funded through the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), which has raised over 12 million dollars since its inception in 2000. Fees collected by the REMP program are used to offset the carbon emissions related to Pitkin County’s built environment.
Since 2011, the Energy Smart program in Pitkin County has reduced 2,029 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent to:
- Taking 427 cars off the road,
- Taking 185 homes off the grid, or
- The carbon sequestered by 1,663 acres of US forest (equivalent to the area of Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands combined!)
We have done that through performing over 994 Assessments and providing 920 rebates to energy efficiency and renewable upgrades.
What can you get at our ERC?
- Energy Coaching
- Free Radon Test Kits
- Information on rebates and financing
We have two locations to serve you in Roaring Fork Valley:
520 S. Third Street, Suite 2
Carbondale, Colorado 81623
111 AABC Suite M
Aspen, Colorado 81611
Energy Smart at CORE: 970.925.9775 – Pitkin@EnergySmartColorado.com
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.
Lucy Kessler, Outreach & Programs CoordinatorAs Outreach Coordinator, Lucy oversees CORE’s presence and involvement in the community, as well as communications and marketing. She graduated with a degree in Biology from Colorado College and has since lived in Carbondale not once but twice now.
Lucy served as Production Coordinator for the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) Summit in Aspen where she choreographed topics and invited speakers to discuss climate change and renewable energy solutions. She worked at the grassroots level as the Campaign Director for the iMatter Campaign, a worldwide youth-led effort against climate change with 160 marches in over 40 countries. Lucy was the Green Team leader for Organizing for America in Denver and then served as the Regional Get-Out-The Vote Coordinator for the mountain towns of Colorado on the Obama Campaign.
She received a certificate in “Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2012 and then served as the Teaching Fellow for the class in 2013. She is stoked to be at CORE, working with the community on implementing real solutions!
Sarah Gruen, Energy Smart Program AssistantSarah 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!