Aspen a winner in energy savings |

Aspen a winner in energy savings

Aspen is still in the running for $5 million. If you ask me, we are already winners. The Aspen Energy Challenge was our local answer to Aspen’s berth in the national energy efficiency competition for $5 million. While we await the results of the 2015-2016 competition, we can already call the Aspen Energy Challenge a success. Thanks to the leadership, support and action of so many in our community, we did accomplish significant electricity and natural gas savings while engaging and serving many people in new ways, or for the first time.

I thank the Aspen Energy Challenge team, including the city of Aspen Canary Initiative, Energy Smart Colorado at the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Holy Cross Energy and Black Hills Energy. I also express my gratitude to a few of the many champions who made Aspen’s success possible, including ACES, Aspen School District, the Aspen Skiing Co., Protect Our Winters (POW), Mesa Point Energy, the CORE Board of Trustees, city of Aspen Asset Management, Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority, the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners, the Aspen City Manager’s Office and the Aspen City Council. Finally, thank you to each and every community member who recognized the importance and value of saving energy, and acted on it, all the while saving money, improving the comfort and safety of their homes and businesses, and giving the environment some much needed love.

For those who would like to do more, or get involved for the first time, we invite you to join us for the launch of a brand new, valley-wide sustainability movement, called The High 5, with kickoff parties from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Launchpad in Carbondale, and at

Ryland French