Green Spaces has announced plans for a 7,000 square foot expansion of its 100 percent solar powered-coworking space in the RiNO distric of Denver, and is also developing partnerships to meet the growing demands of Denver’s green movement.
The expansion will double the organization’s office space.
As part of the initiative in Denver, Jennie Nevin, Green Spaces founder, has developed partnerships with a number of local and national organizations that focus on green practices and that are working to ensure a clean environment for future generations. These include Certifiably Green Denver, the Clean Energy Collective, EPA Region 8, Walk2Connect and Zipcar.
Green Spaces has also gained the support of Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration.
Green Spaces was originally founded in 2008 in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a space for green and socially conscious entrepreneurs to connect and thrive. Within a year of founding, the Brooklyn space was full. In 2009, Green Spaces opened its doors in Denver with similar success. Since its inception, nearly 1,000 start-ups have called Green Spaces their home.
According to Green Spaces, its success over a short period of time proves that more and more businesses are choosing to be environmentally friendly, opting for a comfortable work environment built from reclaimed and reused material.
However, while many major companies including IBM, Sony and Volkswagen have embraced green environments and initiatives, not all businesses have bought into the value of green environments.
As part of the Green Spaces program in Denver, all Green Spaces member organizations are required to be certified through the Certifiably Green Denver program. The new 100 percent solar powered Green Spaces expansion is scheduled to be completed and welcoming new members by 2015.
According to Nevin, Denver was an easy decision for the next Green Spaces location because it has a thriving and growing green community, and the Mayor and the city’s administration are dedicated to sustainability and smart green decision making. In addition, she described Denver’s startup culture as “exploding.”