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 Wind power, lower carbon emissions focus of Aspen-based CORE 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Feb. 20, 2007 – Randy Udall is a leader in the nation’s “firsts” in renewable energy.

Udall, the director of CORE, , the Aspen-based Community Office for Resource Efficiency, will discuss “Renewable Energy Possibilities: Offsets to Traditional Sources,” on Tuesday, Feb. 27th at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave, east of Tutt Library on the Colorado College campus.

CORE works with government officials at the local, state and federal levels to promote forward-thinking energy and green building policy.

Under Udall’s guidance, CORE’s renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs will keep one billion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air over the next 20 years, the agency says.

To accomplish this, Holy Cross Energy, one of CORE's utility partners, is buying more wind power than any of the nation's other 929 rural electric utilities, thanks to an innovative green pricing program that CORE promotes. Additionally, CORE's two other utility partners rank in the top five of the nation's 2,000 municipal utilities for the percentages of wind power that they purchase.

In 2000, Udall helped start the world's first Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, which has raised $2.5 million over the last three years. The money is used to fund various grant programs to lower carbon emissions in the Roaring Fork Valley in Western Colorado.

Udall is the third of four speakers in Colorado College’s Energizing the Rockies: Energy Challenges in Global, National and Regional Perspectives speaker series. For the first time in its three-year history, CC’s distinguished State of the Rockies Conference is preceded by a series of lectures. This new lecture series, co-sponsored with the Schlessman Business Perspectives Program, is a precursor to the unveiling of the 2007 State of the Rockies Report Card, which will focus heavily on the impacts current energy concerns are having on communities and environments in the West.

Speakers in the Energizing the Rockies series address key questions for the eight-state region. What role is appropriate for the Rockies as the U.S. seeks to lessen dependence on foreign energy supplies?  How are global and national conditions likely to impact the future of energy in the Rockies? When and how might renewable energy, as well as conservation, become a significant part of our national energy system?

Previous speakers in the series include Rebecca Watson, former assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior, who spoke on “The Rockies as National Energy Supplier: The Role of Federal Land and Resources,” and Raymond Plank, founder and chairman of Apache Corporation, who addressed “Oil and Gas: Fuel for the Current Rockies Boom.” Matthew R. Simmons, chair and CEO of Simmons and Co. International, will conclude the series on March 5 with “Adjusting to the End of Cheap Oil: What Should the U.S. and the Rockies Do?”

Visit www.StateoftheRockies.com for additional events and information about the upcoming State of the Rockies Conference, April 9-11.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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