CORE grant program honors Randy Udall
One of the major grant programs operated by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency has been renamed in honor of Randy Udall, its first executive director and creator of many of its programs.
The Randy Udall Energy Pioneer Grant helps nonprofit organizations, government agencies and buildings with a public benefit in the Roaring Fork Valley undertake major energy-efficiency projects that cost between $10,000 and $250,000.
The program provided nearly $500,000 in grants in 2013.
Applications for 2014 funds will be accepted through May 1. The criteria used to select the winners are projected energy savings, carbon emissions reductions, funding leverage and educational value.
Grant applications can be found at http://aspencore.org/grants/.
The projects selected in 2013 included $75,000 to Mountain Rescue Aspen to support renewable-energy generation systems such as solar photovoltaic and solar hot water in its new $4.9 million headquarters; $62,891 for the city of Aspen’s Cozy Point Ranch for various energy-efficiency upgrades, including new lighting for the riding arena and stables; and $10,000 to Aspen Skiing Co.’s Limelight Hotel for smart thermostats, occupancy sensors and integrated controls to more efficiently heat and cool the 126 rooms.
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