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Happy Earth Day! Member Spotlight #1: Happywhale

 

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 Happywhale?

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 Happywhale as a Ph.D. project because his background is in eco-tourism and he 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.

What does your role as Data Manager at Happywhale 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 Green Spaces member?

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

How long have you been at Green Spaces?

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.

 

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.