CORE awards $626K in energy grants
Green building in the Roaring Fork Valley got a six-figure boost Tuesday 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.
In Garfield County, grant winners in Carbondale were Children’s Rocky Mountain School, Energetics Education, Third Street Center and Joan Matranga. Glenwood Springs winners were Habitat for Humanity and Two Rivers Community School.
CORE’s 2016 grants were made possible by REMP, a pioneering building code program that mitigates excessive energy usage with programs for smart energy initiatives. By supporting more sustainable building practices, CORE’s grant program helps save energy, protect the climate and strengthen the economy. This year alone, CORE’s investment in the local economy is anticipated to offset 4.39 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
The highlight Tuesday’s awards event was presentation of the 2016 Randy Udall Energy Pioneer Grants, which will facilitate work such as solar photovoltaic 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) were among 24 businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and institutions whose projects received funding.
In addition to the Randy Udall Energy Pioneer Grant — which was established in 2004 and renamed in 2014 to honor the CORE’s late executive director, Randy Udall — two other grant categories were recognized: 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.
Other grant winners:
Aspen: Aspen Historical Society, Aspen School District, Aspen Skiing Co., City of Aspen, Pitkin County, WE-Cycle
Basalt: Full Circle Construction Services, Rock Bottom Ranch
Pitkin County: Pitkin County Landfill
Snowmass Village: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Town of Snowmass Village
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