Getting to Cohere: Earth Saving Techniques

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Going green is more than a passing trend—it’s just smart business. Cohere is committed to being as environmentally conscious as we can in our 3,000-square-feet of Earth space, and there are lots of ways that coworking can help your small business reduce its own carbon footprint as well.

However, all that saving is for naught if we drive our Unimogs to cowork every day.

There are 3 better ways to get to Cohere or Cothere.

  • Walk. Or as we say in Fort Collins, Bike.
  • Ride the MAX. The Max stops across the street from both Cohere (Mulberry Station) and Cothere (Spring Creek Station) so it’s easy peasy to take. AND you can do something else while you ride like knit or practice your improv or finish that last level of Candy Crush.
  • If you’re a fair-weather walker/biker/busser then take heart. You might only need an occasional car rather than owning your own. Our friends at RelayRides have given us some compelling data on why peer to peer car sharing is good. Or you can just call for a ride here.

Have you used a peer car sharing service in Fort Collins? How was your experience?

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Thanks to RelayRides.com for letting us use this graphic!

Image via zoovroo/Flickr

You Can Celebrate Earth Day By Coworking!

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Happy Earth Day Cohere!

I saw a great quote on a Facebook friend’s wall this morning. It said, “Environmentalism isn’t about saving the planet. The planet will spin on with or without us. Environmentalism is about saving ourselves and our future selves.”

When put that way, no action seems to small, too cheesy, or too radical. If we think of celebrating Earth Day not because the planet cares, but because if we don’t we doom future generations to a struggle for survival, it suddenly takes on an entirely new meaning.

You may not know this, but the global coworking movement cares deeply about sustainability. In fact, it’s one of our core values. We do this not because it’s hip or trendy, but because we know that efficiency is a smart business strategy and because we’re hoping to inhabit this planet for a while.

Coworking by its very nature, is more sustainable than working alone. Instead of 20 freelancers, all sitting in their well-lit homes, running the coffee pot and the air conditioner (or with the recent weather, the heater), we all come together in one place to work. This consolidates energy consumption and keeps member utility bills low.

We also support the local economy by sponsoring local entrepreneurial events and buying our coffee through direct trade with Fort Collins’ roaster Jackie’s Java. We also have a robust recycling and composting program, managed by our staff, that ensures we contribute as little as possible to the solid waste stream.

As always, if you have suggestions about ways we can reduce our impact on the planet and create a cleaner, greener Fort Collins for us all to enjoy, don’t hesitate to bring it up!

Earth Day graphic produced by the Kars4Kids car donation program

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Coworking: An Easy Way To Green Your Business

These days, almost everyone is looking for ways to be green, but just like Kermit said, it’s not always easy.

Whether you’re worried about the planet or not, there are significant benefits for those that live a more eco-friendly life, like saving money, wasting less, and presenting a more responsible image to earth-conscious clients.

By working for yourself, instead of a bloated company full of time and resource-wasting bureaucracy, you’re already pretty lean and mean. But coworking instead of working from home could help you reduce your impact even further. Here’s how:

Ditch The Commute (or at least reduce it)

Most coworking spaces are centrally located in downtown areas or business districts so that they’re convenient to the freelancers that live and play nearby. This means a cross-town commute in morning gridlock becomes a leisurely bike ride or walk. Most car trips occur only 2 miles from the driver’s point of origin. Unfortunately, short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips. When bicycling or walking is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere.

Consolidate Coffee Pots (and everything else)

Space owners often brag that while city governments bend over backwards to bring a single 200 person company into town, freelancers represent 200 single person companies, some of which grow up to be much bigger. The only problem is that 200 people working at home equals 200 coffee pots, lights, air conditioners, televisions, radios, and printers gobbling down costly energy all day long. When you join a coworking space, this energy consumption is drastically consolidated. Everyone shares a coffee pot, a printer, and only one room has to be heated or cooled instead of 30 entire houses. By coworking, you save money and the environment gets a little break.

Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Made Easy

If you haven’t figured it out by now, coworkers are a pretty creative bunch. Most coworking space owners don’t have lots of capital to throw around, so sustainability and conservation are built into the business plan. At Cohere, recycling is easy because there are handy bins throughout the space. We’ve even got a handy little composting bin in the kitchen ready to repurpose those coffee grounds and apple cores into garden fodder. We offer cloth napkins so you can avoid wasteful paper towels and make use of our amazing skylight to utilize passive solar lighting for 8 months out of the year.

Other coworking spaces take even more drastic steps to clean up their carbon footprint, like purchasing green energy, offering carpools or lender bikes, participating as a drop station for CSAs, and utilizing CFLs and LEDs.

In what other ways has coworking helped you save money, reduce waste or otherwise keep it green? Share your experiences in a comment!

Image Credit: Flickr – Aunt Owwee

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