April 29, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Aspen Daily News "Green living in the wilds of Aspen"

Chris Council:
"One of the first places Jim Kravitz lived on the ACES property was a former chicken coop. Then he graduated to a yurt and then a straw-bale house. Luckily for his wife and two children, the director of naturalist programs at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) now lives in the caretaker’s house with a state-of-the-art heating system. The structure is one of four employee housing buildings on the property, all of which are unique yet share the common theme of being incredibly energy efficient and “green” in their own right.

Elizabeth Paepcke established ACES in 1969 as a 22-acre environmental center and preserve behind her West-End home. One of the matriarchs of the Aspen Idea, Paepcke believed strongly in meeting the needs of the human spirit, followed closely by caring for the wild things just outside everyone’s back door. In 1975 Jody Cardamone was hired as the first director of ACES along with her husband and co-director, Tom. But even back then, employee housing was a challenge, so the couple lived on the property over an old horse barn that stood where today’s main building is located....."  (Read more? Click title)

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