In 2003, several community members were inspired to establish an entity in the Gunnison Valley to serve as a clearinghouse for energy and resource efficiency knowledge. One of the primary objectives was to mitigate the often prohibitive costs of residing in an exceptionally cold climate. This entity would help Gunnison Valley’s 15,000 citizens to use resources more economically and manage pressures from rising costs of living, a seasonal job market, high heating expenses, and high transportation costs.
After a well-attended Public Energy Forum, the community’s fervent interest and support brought the concept to fruition. By the end of 2003, the Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE) was established as a non-profit corporation.
In 2014, two of Gunnison Valley's non-profits focused on developing resilient living practices in a changing world joined forces. The Office of Resource Efficiency (ORE) and the Coldharbour Institute have merged and are excited to integrate their assets and strengths to better serve the Gunnison Valley.