Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

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CORE's Energy Manager - CORE

Energy Manager and Town of Carbondale - Community Office for Resource Efficiency

Green Building Coordinator - Sustainable Settings


B. S. degree - Industrial Design , University of Cincinnati

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Joshua Smith
Energy Manager As Energy Manager, Josh manages the Town of Carbondale's Energy and Climate Action Plan. He helps the Town's government, businesses, and citizens save money through energy education and incentive programs. He is also involved with the development of Carbondale's online "one-stop-shop" which will feature information on green technologies, rebates and products. He strives to increase awareness of the benefits of energy conservation and ultimately for all to share the benefits and responsibilities of keeping Carbondale healthy. Before joining CORE, Josh worked as Green Building Coordinator for Sustainable Settings, a land-based educational non-profit. Previous to that he worked in the weatherization field, built rock climbing gyms, worked as a product designer, continuing education teacher, and shop carpenter for a regional theatre. He has traveled through New Zealand and Australia, working with farmers, potters, and sculptors. He holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati, DAAP; he is an Eagle Scout and holds licenses in Permaculture Design and Light Commercial Contracting. osh is a rock climber and raises a small garden each year. He believes in self-reliance, and that each of us can make a difference through even small actions.

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News Briefs - The Sopris Sun

Former energy manager Josh Smith ended his term in the position Dec. 31 to return to his career in green building, said Nathan Ratledge, director of CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency.
Smith and previous energy manager Lauren Martindale were employed by CORE under contract with the town.

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Carbondale on track toward energy goals, says town energy manager - The Sopris Sun

Carbondale Energy Manager Josh Smith assured the town trustees on Nov. 26 that the town is on track to complete all its energy and climate protection goals for the year, and that he expects more success next year, despite the economy.
Smith, who is employed by the nonprofit Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, on behalf of the town, pointed to effective outreach efforts. He cited the success of, a one-stop Web site for Carbondale energy information. He also described the frequent mention of CORE’s efforts in local news media, and the distribution of information at Carbondale events. “Overall, there’s been a pretty good amount of contact throughout the year,†he said. A great deal of progress has been made toward the drafting of the town’s energy-efficient building code for residential construction, Smith noted, though some work remains to be done. He said he would like to see a new set of regulations adopted for commercial construction as well. Since January, Smith said, CORE has given out $134,000 in rebates to residents who bought energy-efficient appliances or installed renewable energy improvements at their homes. This money has leveraged more economic activity in the community. Additional rebates have come from the electric utilities, Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy, though the total amount of those rebates is not known. As a result of the CORE rebates, Smith wrote in a memorandum to the trustees, the energy saved is equivalent to 354,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. During the year, so far, Carbondale residents have purchased $2.1 million worth of wind energy under Holy Cross Energy’s Wind Power Pioneer Program, Smith told the council. “Wind is definitely something the community is interested in,†he said. One item not achieved was a grant for engineering studies for a micro-hydroelectric generator to be powered by Carbondale’s Nettle Creek water line. Smith applied for the grant, but Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs ran out of money set aside for such work. Overall, Smith said, Carbondale is ahead of most towns of its size. “We know the percentage of renewables in town is much higher than in other towns in the nation,†he said in an interview. “If you figure per capita kilowatt production [of renewable energy], we vastly outpace the rest of the nation.†He said Carbondale has captured much of the low-hanging fruit in putting grant money to work for renewable energy installations on town buildings. “So I think what we need to focus on in the next couple years,†he said, “is reducing the amount of energy consumed.†_displayNameOrEmail_ - _time_ - Remove

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