Community Office for Resource Efficiency awards $627,000 in grants to Roaring Fork Valley businesses and organizations |

Community Office for Resource Efficiency awards $627,000 in grants to Roaring Fork Valley businesses and organizations

Staff report

Green building in the Roaring Fork Valley got a six-figure boost Tuesday night when the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) awarded $626,684 in grants to two dozen local organizations pursuing commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

CORE announced its 2016 grant winners, made possible by Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, a building code program that mitigates excessive energy usage with grants and other programs for smart energy initiatives, at a reception co-sponsored by the Pitkin County Library. This year alone, CORE’s investment in the local economy is anticipated to offset 4.39 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

The 2016 Randy Udall Energy Pioneer Grants will facilitate work such as solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays that offset 100 percent of buildings’ energy consumption, energy-efficiency retrofits in employee housing, natural daylighting in classrooms, solar charging stations for a bike share program, and much more.

Habitat for Humanity, Two Rivers Community School, WE-Cycle, and Pitkin County (landfill, public works and sheriff’s departments) are among 24 local businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and institutions whose projects received funding.

“We’re proud to honor these innovative projects that are supporting clean air, smart energy and a stable climate,” said Mona Newton, executive director of CORE. “By using less energy, we can have the biggest impact on lowering carbon emissions and building a safer, healthier community.”

CORE’s annual grant program funds projects that deliver measurable energy savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Grantees’ energy efficiency and integrative green design practices result in the protection of natural resources and the environment.

The other two grant categories were Community and Design Assistance Grants. Students from Aspen High School’s Earth Group were on hand to receive recognition for a Community Grant to install two refillable water bottle stations at their school, reducing the need for disposable plastic water bottles.

Grant winners:

Aspen Historical Society, Aspen School District, Aspen Skiing Company, City of Aspen, Pitkin County, WE-Cycle, Full Circle Construction Services, Rock Bottom Ranch, Children’s Rocky Mountain School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Energetics Education, Third Street Center, Joan Matranga, Habitat for Humanity, Two Rivers Community School, Pitkin County Landfill, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Town of Snowmass Village

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