Aspen Skiing Co. puts its money behind smart energy measures
October 15, 2009
ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. is the largest single contributor to the campaign urging passage of Referendum 1A – the Energy Smart Local Improvement District measure on the Nov. 3 Pitkin County ballot.
The company is also a backer of a similar campaign in Eagle County.
Skico Environmental Director Auden Schendler is helping spearhead the Pitkin County campaign. In addition, Skico gave the Yes On 1A-The Energy Smart Campaign $1,000, and the Skico’s Environment Foundation, supported by company employees, also gave $1,000, according to a campaign finance report filed Tuesday with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Schendler also gave $96.80 individually.
The Aspen Business Center Co. donated $500 to the cause.
Twenty or so individuals also donated to the campaign, in amounts generally ranging from $20 to $100, though Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland gave three separate contributions totaling $100 in cash and $439 in in-kind contributions, according to the report. County Commissioner Rachel Richards gave $75 in cash and $272 in in-kind contributions.
Several firms in the building/design/energy trade gave to the campaign, which reported a $750 in-kind contribution from Lighthouse Solar in Glenwood Springs and $500 cash from Sunsense Inc. in Carbondale. Referendum supporters have noted the energy district program would put local tradesmen and women to work – a side benefit to the envisioned environmental gains.
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The Aspen Chamber Resort Association provided a $100 in-kind contribution.
According to the report, the campaign took in $4,223 in cash contributions by Oct. 8 and spent $1,054, primarily on a fundraising mailer. The campaign also reported $1,640 in non-monetary contributions.
Referendum 1A would authorize the county to borrow up to $7 million in bonds to create a pool of loan money to fund energy-efficiency projects for residential and commercial properties. Property owners would opt into the program and repay the money through their property taxes.
A similar measure is on the Eagle County ballot, though it seeks up to $10 million in funding. The Energy Smart Eagle campaign reported taking in $3,978 in contributions through Oct. 8 and spending $1,071 on a website, postcards, lawn signs and stickers.
Various companies in the building/energy trades gave to the Eagle County campaign, and the Skico donated $250, according to the Energy Smart Eagle report.
Among other business donors were Eagle Vail Home Builders Association of Vail, which gave $1,000; Guida Construction Inc. of Vail, which also gave $1,000; and Active Energies, Inc. of Avon, which donated $500. Harness Energy LLC of Boulder donated $200.
Roaring Fork Valley property owners who reside in Eagle County, including those in El Jebel and parts of Basalt and Missouri Heights, would be eligible for loans if the Eagle County measure passes.