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Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency

Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) is a non-profit whose mission is to serve Southwest Colorado by promoting resource conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy through education and programs that strengthen the local economy and foster a healthy, sustainable environment.

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CARE Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Families
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Veterans

Description

Colorado's Affordable Residential Energy program (CARE) is committed to increasing comfort, creating a safer living environment, and lowering energy bills for income-qualified Coloradans. CARE leverages Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) funding, utility rebates, and local resources to provide FREE energy efficiency services to participants. 4CORE is actively pursing additional support for local outreach, education and opportunities to expand program services.

4CORE launched the CARE Program in 2018 to serve income qualified residents in La Plata and Archuleta counties with free energy efficiency services, including an audit and direct upgrades.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We anticipate providing audits and energy efficiency upgrades for 20 low-income clients in 2018, and hope to expand the program in future years. Program success will be measured by reaching the goal of 20 clients served, energy savings per home, environmental impact of measures installed, and by customer and community satisfaction.

Energy Smart Colorado

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Energy Smart's mission is to make energy improvements simple and affordable.

4CORE joined the Energy Smart Colorado network to expand energy efficiency services for Southwest Colorado . Energy Smart and 4CORE are providing residential energy efficiency services for families and homeowners throughout the region, including access to audits, information about upgrades, rebates, financing options, local contractors and more.

Additionally in 2018, 4CORE is partnering with the Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College and 1st Southwest Bank to provide energy efficiency education and efficiency kits to college students who are becoming first time renters. Energy use is often a unacknowledged cost of living, and this program aims to help students better understand how they use energy and resources to reduce their own consumption.

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Evidence of Program's Success

--Provide energy efficiency resources and information to the general community to make energy improvements simple and affordable.
--Provide home energy assessments to at least 30 residents.
--Reach at least 50 Fort Lewis College Students with energy efficiency kits and renter-specific energy education.

Home H2O Program

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Businesses and homeowners pay for water three times-once to buy it from a utility, once to heat it using natural gas or electricity, and once to dispose of it as wastewater.

In Colorado, 1.2 gallons of water are consumed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used and 13% of the nation's energy use is by the water sector. Energy is used to pump water, heat water, and treat wastewater.

There are compelling reasons why creating a robust outreach, rainwater harvesting and education program is essential for area residents and the HomeH2O Program will provide an innovative approach to address the issues. The passing of HB 16-1005 rainwater collection legislation demonstrates the importance and need for new water conservation measures in a region that often experiences various levels of drought and understands the benefits for integrating climate adaptation strategies.

The goal of the HomeH20 Program is to provide residents in the five county region of southwest Colorado; La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan Counties, the education, water conservation information and necessary equipment, workshop opportunities and tools for safe, effective rainwater harvesting.

In 2017 4CORE hosted five DIY Build Your Own Rain Barrel and water education workshops, which saw resounding success and positive community feedback. We also provided a group purchase opportunity in which 68 new rain barrels are now collecting rain water in the community. In 2018 the HomeH20 Program will provide three new rain water collection demonstration sites in key locations in La Plata County to educate and inform community members about the benefits and best practices for harvesting rain water. We are actively seeking support to further the success of the HomeH20 Program.

In addition to direct impacts on the water supply, our consumptive practices also affect our energy resources. In Colorado, 1.2 gallons of water are consumed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used and 13% of the nation's energy use is by the water sector. Energy is used to pump water, heat water, and treat wastewater. Predictions for Colorado project that multiple factors, such as temperature and dust, will increase the rate at which water and snow pack is evaporated, thus resulting in lower runoff volume. The weather patterns of lower elevations are expected to migrate to higher elevations, lower-elevation snowpack is projected to decrease, runoff is expected to decline, and spring runoff is expected to shift earlier with a reduction in late-summer flows.

According to a study from 2007 and the Colorado Governors Energy Office, "with rainwater harvesting, outdoor water demand is reduced by approximately 65% with moderate conservation

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Evidence of Program's Success

The evidence of program success will be realized by reaching and impacting the targeted 5,000 town, city, county and regional residents. The newspaper ads in the region, social media advertising and printed materials are estimated to reach at least 10,000 residents informing them of presentations and workshops.

Engaging and educating citizens through marketing materials, workshops, group buy program and ongoing educational outreach. The rain water collection demonstration sites will provide additional opportunity for engaging a larger audience as the selected sites are at key locations in the community. One site will likely be designed to feature water education directed towards children and youth.

The Refuel Colorado

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public

Description

4CORE's ReFuel Program assists vehicle fleets, fuel providers, and auto dealers in Southwest Colorado with assessing the viability of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) through Refuel Colorado Energy Coaching.

The ReFuel Program is charged with organizing stakeholder meetings, conducting fleet audits, and disseminating information on incentives, tax credits, AFV models and refueling infrastructure, are all components of Energy Coaching. 4CORE is able to customize Energy Coaching services based on the needs of the particular fleet, fuel provider or auto dealer.

4CORE coordinates EV group-buy opportunities with local auto dealerships who offer electric vehicles. More than 50 EVs were sold as a result of the 2017 group buy, and the 2018 event has just kicked off with now two different local dealerships participating offering three different EV options.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This program is currently underway in another annual budget cycle for 2018.
* Hosting several EV Ride and Drive events
* Aggregate information regarding local, state and federal resources available for EV infrastructure and charging stations.
* Ongoing outreach to businesses, utilities, government entities, and individuals to promote and provide support for pursuing grant funding for EV infrastructure and charging stations.
* Collaborate with local EV drivers to promote their experience.
* Provide outreach and education for the community at large.

Previous Program Success:
* Organized a regional event held in June, 2016 attracting over 40 fleet managers and local governments to discuss potential for adopting and converting fleets to alternative fuel vehicles
* Initiated outreach and follow with fleet manager and local governments on potential
* Provided outreach and informational sessions to local businesses and utilities interested in adopting and converting fleets to alternative fuels
* The School District of the Town of Bayfield, CO has converted fleet of school buses to propane
* Mesa Verde National Park has converted fleets to propane and installed EV charging station
* City of Durango maintains a number of EV charging stations
* Helped La Plata Electric Association, The Smiley Building, and Mercy Hosptila access Charge Ahead grants to install work place EV charging stations.
* Ongoing conversations exploring new potential programs

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