Member Spotlight: Denver Food Rescue

Meet Amy Moore-Shipley, Development and Marketing Coordinator for Denver Food Rescue, where she handles all the events, communications and financial donor management. 

Denver Food Rescue is one of the amazing non-profits we sponsor in our “Green Spaces Gives Back” program by providing reduced membership rates and other opportunities. We also sponsor one of their food delivery bikes.

What is Denver Food Rescue? 
Denver Food Rescue’s mission is to increase health equity outcomes in Denver neighborhoods by improving access to healthy whole fresh fruits and vegetables. 

We utilize edible produce that would otherwise be thrown away from grocery stores and take it directly to our 13 No Cost Grocery Programs (sometimes on bicycles with bicycle trailers, one of which Green Spaces sponsors). 

All of our programs are co-created with existing organizations. Residents of the neighborhoods lead the food distribution that decreases stigma of traditional pantries and increases participation -- some have cooking and nutrition programs as well! 

Why did you want to be a Green Spaces member? 
The community!
 
How long have you been at Green Spaces?
Since 2013.
 
Why is being a green business important to you? 
At this rate, any other kind is perpetuating the degradation of our earth and resources. 

What are some of the things you do to be green? 
Eat vegan. 
 
What’s your favorite 90s jam? 
PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me. 
 
When you’re not working what are you doing? 
Music! Playing or going to a show.
 
What’s the last joke you recall? 
What’s a pile of kittens called? A mew-tain. (Or a purr-amid!)

 
Website: http://denverfoodrescue.org/
 
 

Member Spotlight: Apollo Energy

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Meet John Striebel, CEO of Apollo Energy. John is one of our awesome members whose business is all about harnessing the power of the sun and helping people own their own electricity.

What is Apollo Energy?

We utilize cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art technology to customize solar electric systems that save people money. We empower Colorado homeowners to save money and to harness the power of the sun. If you can afford your current electric bill, you can afford to switch to solar. 

Why did you want to be a Green Spaces member? 

The office size and culture fits our company. We work odd hours and the access for my team is helpful. Added perks, like the location, help us appeal to potential employees and customers.

How long have you been at Green Spaces? 

Since January 2016

Why is being a green business important to you? 

We are a solar electric company. Green is what we do. Solar energy directly reduces carbon emissions and it increases energy independence.  

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

We help homeowners switch their primary electricity consumption from coal to renewable energy, and to own their own renewable energy power plant. Our environmental offset is measurable and important. Electricity is a controlled monopoly and we help to create consumer choice and empower homeowners to own their own electricity.  

When you’re not working what are you doing? 

My wife runs a nonprofit that resettles refugees. When I am not working I am advocating. I advocate for the environment. I advocate for opportunities. I advocate for equality.  

People would be surprised if they knew…

My main area of expertise is actually social business development. I run an international NGO (a nonprofit organization that is independent from states and international governmental organizations) and have lived extensively overseas.  

Website:  www.harnessoursun.com

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

 

8 of the Countries Coolest Coworking Spaces featured in Penny Hoarder

8 Dream Co-Working Spaces Across the U.S.

From rock-climbing walls and solar power to “backyards,” these co-working spaces will pump up your creative juices and connect you with other powerful professionals.

Read more here: http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/the-countrys-coolest-co-working-spaces/

 

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