City of Aspen and CORE Release Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit
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City of Aspen and CORE Release Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit

Contact: Chris Menges, Data Research and Project Planner, City of Aspen, 970-920-5072 or or Mona Newton, Executive, CORE, 970-925-9775 or

Aspen, CO – November 8, 2017 – The City of Aspen Canary Initiative and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) are proud to release the ‘Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit’, a practical resource to support regional cities and towns in reducing emissions. The Toolkit includes a menu of over 250 actions from six emission sectors that communities can implement to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal of the Toolkit is to create replicable and employable actions that facilitate the development of climate action plans and a commitment to carbon reduction for any community utilizing the resource.

“The City and CORE have been working with key stakeholders to create this Toolkit over the past year, and we feel it really reflects what has been a great collective effort” said Chris Menges, a climate analyst and planner with the City.  “We hope that in addition to being a practical jumping-off point for community climate action, it also illustrates that doing so is about tangible quality of life benefits, like clean air, comfortable buildings and convenient mobility.”

The document examines how to reduce emissions stemming from the six high-impact sources of emissions: energy supply, residential energy, commercial energy, transportation, waste, and aviation.  Actions are ranked according to greatest promise of emission reduction.

“We are excited to have produced such an accessible and straightforward resource for communities around the region and particularly in the Roaring Fork Valley.  We look forward to working with them to leverage the Toolkit for the benefit of their residents and the environment,” said Mona Newton, Executive Director of CORE.  “Also, regional cooperation is essential to move the needle on local goals and the Toolkit can help identify regional opportunities.”

The City of Aspen will use the Toolkit to continue toward its goal of reducing emissions 30% below 2004 levels by 2020 and 80% below 2004 levels by 2050.  Thirty of the Toolkit’s actions have been prioritized and will be integrated into Aspen’s updated Climate Action Plan, which will be released in mid-December 2017. “We envision the Toolkit as a long-term planning resource, not just for us but for others” said Menges. “We used the Toolkit with experts and stakeholders and to identify the actions that make the most sense for our community to work on over the next three years.”

A copy of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit can be found at on the homepage under Projects.


Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2017