Green Spaces

Meet a Green Spaces Member: Jonathon Stalls, Walk2Connect

Jonathon Stalls is a native Coloradan, born and raised in Denver. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver where got an independent degree in design and entrepreneurship. In March of 2010 Jonathon set out on a walk across the United States that started in Lewes, DE and ended in San Francisco, CA. Jonathon teamed up with an organization called Kiva Walk for his journey. Kiva’s main mission is to create a person-to-person micro-leading system that will empower individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. This walk had a significant impact on Jonathon’s life, “Moving 3MPH across the USA ignited a profound trust in the goodness of strangers, the open road and the beautiful unknown.”

After completing his journey across the United States Jonathon turned his focus on creating a social enterprise based in Colorado called Walk2Connect. Walk2Connect’s main mission is to work with individuals and organizations to transform walking from a choice to a behavior to a lifestyle. Walk2Connect takes individuals and groups on a variety of custom built and themed walking trips to improve personal, social, and communal wellness. Walk2Connect also works with residents, community leaders, public officials, and visionaries to support improved walkablitly efforts throughout urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods.

Jonathon has been a Green Spaces member for about a year now, so we asked him what he likes about working at Green Spaces. “The first thing that caught my eye about GS was the reuse of old building space and the use of recycled wood products.” He continued that, “GS is creating strong links between businesses, individuals and the community to be more green”, something that he believes, aligns strongly with Walk2Connect’s mission.

When asked where he would go on an all expense paid vacation Jonathon’s answer was almost immediate, “Two months so I could walk across New Zealand, north to south.”

Check out Jonathon's Ted Talk here!

Denver’s Green Spaces Fuels Movement for Collaborative Green Business Hub

Nation’s First Green Coworking Space Signs Partnerships with Leading Sustainability Organizations and Will Double Available Office Space  Denver, Colorado – (August 6, 2014) – Green Spaces, the nation’s first green coworking space, today announced plans for a 7,000 square foot expansion of its current location in Denver’s RiNo Arts District.  The socially conscious coworking community, focused on providing a collaborative culture for environmentally friendly businesses, is developing partnerships and doubling its available office space to meet the growing demands of Denver’s green movement.

“Green Spaces is an innovative blend of Denver’s work to protect our resources for the future and support entrepreneurialism,” said Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Every decision we make impacts the quality of life for future generations and Green Spaces exemplifies the sustainability efforts that will ensure our city is a better city for generations to come.”

Acting on her vision for collective of green companies in Denver, Green Spaces founder, Jennie Nevin, has developed partnerships with multiple local and national organizations that focus on green practices and ensuring a clean environment for future generations.

  • Certifiably Green Denver is administered by the Department of Environmental Health and provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community with the opportunity to become a certified green business.
  • The Clean Energy Collective (CEC)develops community-owned renewable energy solutions for electric utilities and their customers, including the country’s first community solar arrays which provide clean, locally produced power without having to install panels on your roof or business.
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (Region 8) protects human health and the environment in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 Tribal Nations.
  • Walk2Connect:transforms walking from a choice to a behavior to a lifestyle.
  • Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, is redefining the way this generation thinks about transportation options and car ownership, and will have two vehicles available for hourly or daily reservation at the Green Spaces location.

Green Spaces was originally founded in 2008 in Brooklyn, NY as a space for green and socially conscious entrepreneurs to connect and thrive. Within a year, the Brooklyn space was full and achieved notable success. Beekeepers joined and kept bees on the rooftop, an urban farm was created, living walls were installed and a commercial kitchen was created in the space. In 2009, Green Spaces opened its doors in Denver meeting similar success and enthusiasm. Nearly 1000 start-ups have called Green Spaces their home.

“Denver was an easy decision for the next Green Spaces location,” said Nevin. “It has a thriving and growing green community, the Mayor and city administration are dedicated to sustainability and smart green decision making and the startup culture is exploding. As an added bonus, I was really eager to live in this incredible city!”

As part of the Green Spaces program, all Green Spaces member organizations are required to be certified through the Certifiably Green Denver program. The 100 percent solar powered Green Spaces expansion is scheduled to be completed and welcoming new members by 2015, and a grand opening holiday party is being planned for Thursday, December 12th.

For more information or to reserve space for your business visit www.greenspaces.com. Follow Green Spaces on Twitter and Facebook for ongoing updates.

Partner Support “There are many ways to be green,” said Jeremy Lauffenburger, Sustainability Advisor at Certifiably Green Denver. “The Certifiably Green Denver program provides the groundwork for green business practices, but the big impacts come from regularly pushing new ideas forward.  At Green Spaces, environmental sustainability drives the culture, and they teach me just as much as I teach them.”

“In the sustainability industry, it is hugely beneficial for a variety of organizations to come together and support each other in our efforts to improve the environment and share new ideas,” said Todd Davidson from the Clean Energy Collective. “In the case of CEC, this cooperation exemplifies the community aspect of our ‘community-owned solar’ model.  Working with Green Spaces and joining in the vision of a Denver hub for green collaboration, we increase the awareness and voice of everything we offer - ultimately making a greater impact on the environment. Together, we can make a real difference.” 

"EPA Region 8 is excited that Green Spaces is a new Food Recovery Challenge participant.  By collaborating with organizations such as Green Spaces, the EPA can be more effective in spreading the word about voluntary programs that build stronger, healthier and more sustainable communities,” said Virginia Till, Recycling Specialist, EPA Environmental Stewardship Unit.

“Zipcar is committed to making cities better places to live, but we can’t do this alone,” said Zipcar Denver Market Manager, Kaleb Miller. “We are looking forward to building our relationship with Green Spaces as an official sponsor of the organization and are excited to bring a sustainable, convenient and cost effective transportation option to members in the area.”

"As a growing Colorado based social business, we are beyond grateful for the shared mission and collaboration provided by Green Spaces,” said Jonathon Stalls, Founder of Walk2Connect and Green Spaces member. “These shared settings create a quickly understood 'ethos' that fosters blossoming partnerships and social capital. Our commitment to cultivate "Life at 3MPH" culture through a variety of walking programs is better lifted, recognized, and sustained through places like Green Spaces. It’s a no brainer for us to be here, to collaborate here, and to ultimately thrive here." 

About Green Spaces Green Spaces is a hub for green and socially conscious entrepreneurs. It is a collaborative co-working space where companies can operate and network with other start-ups. Since opening in Manhattan and Denver in 2009, the 100% solar powered and dog friendly spaces have been home to nearly 1000 start-ups.

Green Spaces Named One Of 13 Inspiring Coworking Spaces by Dwell

Dwell recently posted their picks for inspiring coworking spaces around the world and we are happy to say Green Spaces Colorado has made the list.  From the article: "This solar-powered coworking space in Denver's arts district is literally a breath of fresh air, and not just because the plethora of reclaimed wood planters between desks freshens the environment. With plans to expand and add a rooftop garden, the dog-friendly space offers a healthy environment to mitigate the screen’s ever-present glow"

To read the entire article visit: http://www.dwell.com/latest/article/13-inspiring-coworking-spaces

Chile rejects hydro-electric project in Patagonia

James, a current Green Spacer, shares his thoughts on the news of Chile rejecting the hydro-electric project in Patagonia:

About two and a half years ago I was given the opportunity to go the adventure of a lifetime, three months of sea kayaking, hiking, and mountaineering in southern Patagonia, Chile. Myself along with 15 other students and five instructors set out on January 31st, 2012 from a small fishing town located at the mouth of the Baker River, named Tortel.

The Baker River is not only Chile’s largest river but it is also one of two rivers that are the proposed sites for a major hydroelectric damming project. HidroAsyen would run this massive five dam project, which is controlled by the international energy giant Endesa. The project would produce 2,750 megawatts of energy and would use 1,500-mile transmission line to transfer the power to mines in Northern Chile. These major dams and transmission lines however, would do irreversible damage to one of the wildest and most ecologically diverse places remaining on earth. The current plans would cause flooding of the region’s farms and pastures, while displacing many families; the transmission lines would cut through 64 communities and 14 protected areas.

The citizens of Southern Chile however had no plans of standing by idly and watching the beautiful land they love be destroyed. Working together local residents, gaucho’s, and The Council for the Defense of Patagonia, a coalition of more then 70 conservations organizations, fought back. Using billboards, full-page ads, radio and TV spots, and online updates the movement, “Patagonia Chilena ¡Sin Represas!” gained momentum.

After fighting for over six year it is with great pleasure to find out that this past week Chile’s government voted to reject the HidroAsyen damming project. This is an enormous victory for environmentalist, the citizens of the Patagonia region and myself. My time in Patagonia had a prolific change on my life; everyday since I left I feared that one day it would be destroyed and I would never again be able to visit the same place I left. Today however I can sigh in relief knowing that this majestic, mystical place will still be thriving with wild life and traditional Chilean culture when I return.

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