Reading Library

The articles and resources listed below were sourced and curated by Committee members and County staff. They contain relevant information on a variety of topics pertinent to the Committee’s work but are not required reading.

Case Studies and Learnings from Other Communities

Colorado's mountain towns are being loved to death. A new roadmap can help them escape the "amenity trap." (Colorado Sun; May 31, 2023)

The outsized impact of REMP residences (Aspen Journalism; May 27, 2023)

Fossil Fuel Opponents Lose First Bid to Ban Natural Gas in New Denver Homes The Colorado Sun; December 21, 2022)

A New Federal Ruling Outlines Limits to Short Term Rental Regulation (Rocky Mountain Real Estate Law; October 27, 2022) 

The Ski Town Housing Crisis Is Coming For This Beloved Montana Community (SKI Magazine; October 14, 2022) Subscription required

Talk Globally, Act Locally Panel Discussion (Aspen International Mountain Foundation; September 28, 2022)

California Assembly Bill No. 2246: Embodied Carbon Emissions and Construction Materials (California General Assembly; September 16, 2022)

CB Council All in On Electrification Starting in January 2023 (Crested Butte News; August 2, 2022)

9 Cities That are Leading on Climate (Bloomberg Cities Network; April 20, 2022)

Tahoe's hiring crisis is unraveling the region's small businesses during its busiest season (SFGATE; July 15, 2021)

Ketchum, Idaho, Has Plenty of Available Jobs, but Workers Can’t Afford Housing (The Wall Street Journal; July 7, 2021) Subscription required

Housing in Jackson: Is This a Crisis? (Buckrail; June 2, 2021)


How Electrifying Everything Became a Key Climate Solution (New York Times; April 14, 2023) Subscription required

Climate Tipping Points May Be Triggered Even If Warming Peaks at 1.5C (Bloomberg; September 8, 2022) Subscription required

The Intersection of Climate, Democracy, and Geopolitics: A Conversation with Thomas L. Friedman (Aspen Journalism; July 27, 2022)

10 Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint (The Washington Post; February 22, 2022)

Building to Conserve: Quantifying the Outdoor Water Savings of Residential Redevelopment in Denver, Colorado (Landscape and Urban Planning; October 2021)


Aspen Snowmass Real Estate Market Report H1 2022 (Tim Estin; Summer/Fall 2022)

A Town’s Housing Crisis Exposes a ‘House of Cards’ (The New York Times; July 31, 2022) Subscription required

How to Save a Ski Town (Outside; November 15, 2021)

Land Use

There’s a New Menace Stalking Suburbia. Meet the McBasement. (Wall Street Journal; October 11, 2022) Subscription required

Land Use in Colorado: A Research Report on Challenges, Outcomes, Benefits and Policy Tools (Colorado Energy Office; July 2022)

Smart Land Use: The Untapped Climate Policy (Southwest Energy Efficiency Project; June 1, 2022)

Buildout Projection, Recent Trends Drive Pitkin County’s Downzoning Push (Aspen Journalism; November 15, 2020)