Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
Snowmass Falls Ranch, Colorado
Today the Westies met with Randy Udall at the Snowmass Falls Ranch outside of Aspen, Colorado. Randy shared with us his passion for finding alternatives to fossil fuels through a number of interactive activities. The Westies began by striving to boil one quart of water by constructing their own fire using nothing but a bow drill and scavenged twigs. Next, we calculated that one tablespoon of diesel fuel would power Randy’s car for 0.2 miles. With eleven people crammed into Randy’s rather petite sedan, we drove 0.2 miles, burned 1 tablespoon of fuel, and produced over one horsepower of energy pushing and pulling the car back to the starting point. We ended the day by hiking 800 vertical feet uphill to collectively experience how much human activity is required to produce one kilowatt hour worth of work. The Westies ended the day with a new understanding of just how much energy we consume on a daily basis.
By Molly Hayes and Claire Martini