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Community Office for Resource Efficiency names new director

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The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
Mona Newton

ASPEN – The Community Office for Resource Efficiency has named a new executive director after Nathan Ratledge’s January decision to step down in order to further his education.

CORE’s board of directors has appointed Mona Newton to the position. Newton currently is a senior manager of market development at the Governor’s Energy Office in Denver. She will take over officially on June 1.

“Mona brings a wealth of experience from the nonprofit, private and government sectors,” said Ratledge, who plans to stay involved with CORE. “Her diverse skill set and knowledge of statewide programs is ideal for the wide range of current and future projects that CORE is undertaking. I’m delighted to hand the reins to such an accomplished partner.”

Newton has been with the energy office since 2007, starting out as a regional representative for communities on the Front Range from Pueblo to Fort Collins. While there, she has worked closely with local governments, nonprofits, utilities and industry executives to advance renewable-energy and efficiency efforts in Colorado.

She also has served as manager of the Governor’s Energy Office’s Wind Program, where she developed the Wind for Schools initiative. As senior manager of market development, Newton has assisted entrepreneurs and industries in bringing innovative products and services to market in Colorado.

Before she joined the Governor’s Energy Office, Newton worked in the private sector as marketing director for a renewable-energy company and in sales for a renewable-energy-credits company. She also developed a financing model for community-owned wind projects and launched a zero-interest loan program for the city of Boulder’s Office of Water Conservation.

Newton spent the majority of her career at the Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder, where she was the executive director for 16 years. That organization is similar to CORE in that much of its work focuses on local and regional initiatives that advance renewable energy, resource conservation and green building.

Newton will become only the fourth director for CORE, which for many years was led by its first director, Randy Udall.

“Mona is a unique blend of CORE’s original director and current director,” said Bill Stirling, a founder of CORE. “She should effectively be able to monitor the myriad of programs already under CORE’s leadership and open up new avenues.”

Over its 18-year history, CORE and its partners have pioneered a number of innovative programs that have been replicated across Colorado and the country. The Department of Energy-funded Energy Smart program is the latest addition to the organization’s history.

Ratledge will pursue a master’s degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University starting in August.

CORE, which has offices in Aspen and Carbondale, works with local governments, businesses, individuals and utilities on initiatives to create improvements in energy and water efficiency.

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