Foundation boosts CORE’s efforts |

Foundation boosts CORE’s efforts

Curbing carbon emissions and increasing economic development is a really tough challenge — but not an insurmountable one. Thanks to efforts of dedicated individuals and organizations, we are seeing this take shape in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Snowmass Village is just one town that has been making headway toward reducing carbon emissions. Between 2009 and 2014, the town reduced greenhouse gas emissions 9 percent.

Yet there is much more to do in a short amount of time. Many people are surprised to learn that buildings are the highest energy consumers. Consequently they represent the highest opportunity for carbon emissions reduction. So the energy-saving steps we take at work and home (i.e. in buildings) are our most effective tool to meet our climate goals.

Yet energy savings for homeowners are sometimes difficult to get on top of. There are many questions for a mere mortal to answer in order to decide which project to tackle first: How much will a retrofit project cost? And what kind of savings will come at the end of the month with the utility bill? It can be daunting.

CORE’s Energy Smart Home Energy Assessment is one tool that can demystify the process. Thanks to the generous support of the Goodwin Family Foundation, since 2014, more than 75 homeowners have gained access to this valuable information for free. And with this information, more homeowners have completed energy-saving projects that have helped to lower carbon pollution.

CORE is very grateful for support from the Goodwin Family Foundation and we know that the homeowners that have benefited are as well. With his continued support, Snowmass Village has a chance of realizing Mr. Goodwin’s dream — to make Snowmass the “Greenest Village in America.”

For more information about CORE’s programs, visit

George Newman

Board of directors, CORE

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