Happy Earth Day! Member Spotlight #1: Happy Whale

 

Welcome to our first edition of Member Spotlight! We will be featuring one member per month who exemplifies what it means to be a Green Spacer.

Our first blog post features member Tory, who works as an Ambassador one day per week for our space and spends the rest of her office hours studying whale tails.

Read on to learn more about the awesome work she is doing!

 

 

 

What is Happy Whale?

We track humpback whales by crowdsourcing photos of the bottom of their tails. We have a photo ID software that works much like facial recognition software that can ID the whale based off the pattern on its tail. It makes this sort of research a lot less expensive and more engaging for the general public.

My boss, Ted Cheeseman, started Happy Whale as a PhD project because he used to work in eco-tourism and saw the potential of crowdsourcing images from all over the world in order to provide inexpensive data for science. It took off so much in California that he decided to build it into a Public Benefit Corporation rather than doing it as a PhD.

What does your role as Data Manager at Happy Whale entail?

I'm the only full-time employee who is not a developer. I manage the images and data that are submitted by researchers, naturalists and whale watchers. We match new images against our existing known individuals and then we track the whales once identified.

I also interact with our contributors and encourage others to submit their images.

Why did Happy Whale want to be a Greenspaces member?

We love that Greenspaces has an emphasis on sustainability and the community seems really tight knit and relaxed.

How long have you been at Greenspaces?

Since March 2017

Why is being a green business important to you?

As an environmental scientist, sustainability is key. I love working for company with such green values, and also being around other companies that share those values as well.

What are some of the things you do to be green?

I eat very little meat, avoid single use plastics and recycle and compost what I can’t reuse.

What’s your favorite 90s jam?

“No Scrubs” by TLC.

When you’re not working what are you doing?

Traveling, hiking, yoga, reading or listening to true crime podcasts.

If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The Rosemary Sourdough Saison from Cannonball Creek Brewery in Golden.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

A round-the-world plane ticket.

 

Green Spaces - Happy New Year from all of us!

Happy New Year from all of us at Green Spaces! 

As a work space for green and socially conscious entrepreneurs, we are pleased to be continuing our programs and initiatives that help make our community green and expanding upon it in the new year!  Some of those initiatives include:  expand our outdoor bike parking through a grant from the City of Denver,  encourage even more of our members to become Certified Green through the Certifiably Green Denver Program, enhance our native garden created by members and leaders of Denver's Green Community and create more opportunities for our members to connect in our members only work space.  

You are invited to come and join our community!

Peace and success in 2017!

 

Coworking Holiday Special

Want to add a little more green to your holidays? Reserve your spot at Green Spaces for the New Year and receive two weeks FREE in November and December.

Green Spaces is a sustainable coworking community of more than 200 like-minded individuals and small businesses who are green at heart. Join us in the heart of Denver’s RiNo Arts District and enjoy sweet benefits that fit your work needs and your budget. We feature flexible membership plans on a month-to-month basis.

Simply reserve your spot for January 1 and provide your security deposit (one month’s rent) to receive your two complimentary weeks of coworking space. Call 303-720-6850 or email join@greenspaces.com to book your space today.   

Offer applies to Lounge, Pod and Desk memberships (not Private Offices). Learn more about Green Spaces at greenspaces.com

 

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GreenLeaf: Green Spaces Members Giving Back

Each year, Green Spaces provides a dedicated desk to a non profit making a big difference in our community.  We believe that by giving a impactful, local organization a year of complimentary desk space and all the amenities, we are giving back to our community and helping it thrive.  In both 2016 and in 2017, Green Spaces will be supporting GreenLeaf, a awesome organization training inner city youth to earn a fair wage growing food in food deserts.  The youth take home half of the produce for family and friends and sell the other half at their farm stand and through CSA's.  

We believe the work that GreenLeaf is doing for our community is amazing because of all of the impacts it creates: connecting urban youth to gardens, providing low cost healthy food in food deserts and also providing inner city youth with jobs that pay fair wages.  Way to go GreenLeaf!  

This year is a particularly important year for them as they grow into their new farm.  Help support them at their 2016 Barnraiser!  http://www.greenleafdenver.org/farm-raiser-benefit-concert

Portland, OR: Colorhouse Makes No VOC, Eco-Friendly Paint Without Compromising on Color or Quality

Walls and ceilings, which are usually painted, make up 70% of the interior of your home. If you use traditional paints that contain VOCs, that means 70% of your surfaces are emitting, or “off gassing,” dangerous chemicals into your environment. Scary stuff!

In Portland, we had the opportunity to visit Colorhouse Paint with Puji Sherer, VP of Marketing and Chief Color Nerd. Colorhouse is working to eliminate VOCs from the paint market without compromising on design or color quality.

Puji joined Colorhouse as the very first employee in 2005.  (More about the Colorhouse story here.) She has been committed to color since she started her career after graduating with a degree in Fine Arts, with the philosophy that color is everywhere and is fundamental to design. At Colorhouse, Puji had the chance to become part of a company whose quest was to create top quality colors in a way that was healthy for people and the planet.  

Puji, Jennie and Goose at Colorhouse Paint in Portland, OR

Puji, Jennie and Goose at Colorhouse Paint in Portland, OR

To blend these two goals together was complicated. The founders of Colorhouse began by experimenting with  all-natural coatings like clay and milk paint, , but found that these paints were inconsistent in quality and performance.  Committed to creating a premium zero VOC paint Colorhouse paint is a high quality latex paint with excellent durability and extremely low odor.  

Colorhouse paints have Green Wise Gold certification and are manufactured in a LEED Gold facility.  Colorhouse is dedicated to maintaining environmental standards as well as color standards. This makes them the only paint company that is committed to green attributes, color and design.

Colorhouse’s environmental standards include:  

  • 100% PCW Chlorine-Free Labels

  • 100% PCW brochures

  • Recycled content paint containers

  • Member EPA SmartWay Transportation

  • PaintCare drop off facility

  • Renewable Energy at HQ

  • South Coast Air Quality Management District- Super Compliant

  • MPI Extreme Green Certified

Their design commitment is just as strong, and is pervasive throughout their office and manufacturing facility. From the 128 colors that hang from their showroom wall, to the inspiration that is shown behind each color trend palette, to the design and creative areas in the warehouse to test and play with paints, it is clear that Colorhouse truly has a passion for color.  

Huge garage doors open in their warehouse so they can work on color ideas seen in the background

Huge garage doors open in their warehouse so they can work on color ideas seen in the background

Some of their colors featured in Crate and Barrel

Some of their colors featured in Crate and Barrel

The original paints from the first line of colors

The original paints from the first line of colors

To Colorhouse, color, design, and sustainability are critical, equally important elements. This revolutionary viewpoint is changing the marketplace. To break into the paint industry with very large, well established players took a lot of time, patience and ability to prove a real need for the product.

It worked. They began selling online through Home Depot in 2010 to show that there was demand for their product. Based on the success in this channel, Home Depot began selling Colorhouse in select New York locations in 2015.  Recently sales through Crate and Barrel, Amazon, Serena & Lily, other retailers, and Colorhouse’s own website have been gaining tremendous momentum as well.

We saw these sales in action two miles away from Colorhouse at Green Depot, a green version of Home Depot in Portland. When we stopped in the store, an employee told us that Colorhouse is their best selling product.  

Colorhouse featured at Green Depot in Portland

Colorhouse featured at Green Depot in Portland

Colorhouse was another completely inspiring business along this tour. It was especially cool to me to see how these women have built such a successful business in such an established market without compromising their values and ideals. Next time Ward and I embark on a paint project at home or at Green Spaces, I know where we’ll be getting our paint.