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Meet A Green Spaces Member: Diego Rodriguez, Icon Film and Video

Green Spaces strives to create an open community that encourages members to get to know each other; through this process we have often seen collaboration on work emerge. We need to look no further then GS member Diego Rodriguez, creative director and producer at Icon Film and Video, who has worked with several GS members. Diego was born in Guanajuato, Mexico; at age 20 he packed up his life and moved to Las Angles, CA to pursue an acting career. He later found himself working at a company that managed actors on TV, while this job had its many benefits Diego felt as though he needed something more. Diego then moved to Colorado where he attended CU Denver for two years and another two years at the Colorado Film School. For the last three years Diego has called GS his home and so when we needed new photos for our website Diego was an easy go to. Highlighted in 303 Magazine for being named RAW Artists Denver Filmmaker of the Year in 2012, Diego’s portfolio is comprised of high quality broadcast commercials and videos. Working with a variety of companies such as Corepower, Travel Channel, National Geographic, Diego also does video production for small non-profits working in the past with an organization named Stand for Children.

Diego explains that, “GS was an easy choice for me after I found out just how much I hate working from home. Jennie is very open-minded about working crazy hours; thus has provided a space with 24-7 access and a community for collaboration.” Diego continues that Jennie introduced him to fellow GS member Grant Southwick and together the two have been working on a film called Torn Cloth. Torn Cloth is a documentary of a young group of orphan boys from the poorest regions of Thailand who seek refuge at a camp where they are trained to become professional Muay Thai fighters. Torn Cloth was accepted into the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival, show times are Saturday, November 9th at 11:45 A.M. and Thursday, November 14th at 4:30 P.M click here for tickets.

You’ll be glad to know that, even though Diego encountered some unexpected hurdles in the beginning of his acting career, he is still pursuing his dreams of acting and his recent work involves two movies due to air on PBS. Diego’s range of work experience is very rare in an industry where specialization is more common, this knowledge base allows for Diego’s work to be truly unique and original.

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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.