Canary Initiative works closely with Aspen Electric and Energy Smart
Colorado at the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to help people improve energy efficiency of their homes and
businesses and take advantage of rebates and incentives. Aspen is one of 50 communities currently competing in a national energy efficiency competition called the Georgetown University Energy Prize, locally known as the Aspen Energy Challenge. Learn more at the
Aspen Energy Challenge
Aspen Electric Energy Efficiency
Energy Smart for Residents
Energy Smart for Businesses
The Aspen community is privileged to be the steward of vital and valuable natural and community resources. This first report gives an account of our collective stewardship: environmental protection, and economic and social prosperity. To learn more about the Sustainability Report, click here
To view the full report, click here.
If you have any general questions or feedback on the report or the economic
sustainability section, please contact Linda Giudice via email
. If you have questions on the environmental sustainability section, please contact the City of Aspen's Environmental Health & Sustainability Department via email
of 2015, the City of Aspen municipal electric utility now produces 100% of its
energy from renewable
resources, harnessing power from wind (53%), hydroelectric (46%), and landfill gas (1%). Over the next few years, more renewable sources will be added to the
fuel mix to realize the maximum possible amount of carbon free energy while
still meeting baseload needs. By investing in projects that avoid and offset
carbon emissions, Aspen Electric is responsible for zero carbon emissions. This “avoid, reduce,
offset” approach to addressing carbon emissions makes smart economic and
staff are actively involved with the Aspen School District. Currently, Canary is working with the schools on several energy and transportation projects in efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
2004, the City of Aspen calculated its baseline community-wide emissions
inventory. Updates were completed using 2007, 2011, and 2014
data. Emissions inventories will be updated approximately every three
years to inform the community on its progress in meeting 2020 emissions
reduction goals and to inform future policies and programs to address carbon
emissions. The City of Aspen's Climate Action Plan is currently being updated based on the most recent inventory.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reports
City of Aspen government tracks its internal emissions annually, including
emissions related to electricity and natural gas use in City-occupied and/or
City-owned buildings and other facilities/operations (e.g. water pumps), as well
as, emissions related to ground transportation and air travel. The City as
an entity is given a greenhouse gas emissions budget, which decreases by about
2% per year. From 2004 to 2014, the City government reduced its internal
emissions by 42% (surpassing the target of 30% for 2014).
The City of Aspen supports the use of Electric Vehicles (EV) by offering informational resources on EV options and charging locations throughout town. To learn more about how Aspen support EVs, and to find a charging station, click here.
The City of Aspen Green Team is an internal engagement opportunity for City staff to learn about environmental topics and to participate in events that help protect our environment.
As an ongoing effort, the City of Aspen supports the Citizens' Climate Lobby. In addition, the City is a member of the Mountain Pact, a group of mountain communities working together to address the impacts of climate change.
Citizens' Climate Lobby
This alliance consists of a group of representatives from several local non-profit and government entities in the valley, including City of Aspen's Canary Initiative, working together on climate issues.
In addition to Canary's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Aspen, the City of Aspen and Canary Initiative are also planning and preparing for a different climate in the future. For more information, visit Our Future Aspen.